How to Breakdance

How to Breakdance

How to Breakdance

Breakdancing is back! After the huge popularity of breakdancing and breakdancing culture in the 70s and 80s (directly tied to the beginning of the hip hop movement) this outgoing and colorful style of dancing went underground until a recent interest in all things 70s and 80s brought it back. You can now see bboys and bgirls (slang terms for breakdancers) busting moves on street corners all over the world.

First Things First

Let’s define some terms. “Breakdancing” is not really the accepted term. That word was invented by the press in the 1970s to describe the dancing style, but most people in the breakdancing community prefer the term “b-boying”. The people who do this style of dancing are not “breakdancers”, they’re “bboys” or “bgirls”.

“BBoying”, as it is called within the community, is a most undefined style of dance involving flashy movements, choreographed routines, and specialized music.

As for that music — old school hip hop and rap work best. Here’s a good list of breakdancing music to get your bboy community started –

Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force – Looking For The Perfect Beat

Cybotron – Clear

Debbie Deb – When I Hear Music

Egyptian Lover – Egypt, Egypt

Freestyle – Don’t Stop The Rock

Freestyle – The Party Has Just Begun

Grand Master Flash – Scorpio

Jamie Jupitor (Egyptian Lover) – Computer Power

Newcleus – Jam On It

Planet Patrol – Play At Your Own Risk

Pretty Tony – Jam The Box

Shannon – Let The Music Play

Twilight 22 – Electric Kingdom

Twilight 22 – Siberian Nights

World Class Wreckin’ Cru – Juice

These are classic breakdancing tunes, and no bboy or bgirl should be without access to these tunes. Luckily, technology exists today to allow bboys to bring their music with them wherever they go — no more lugging around speakers and trying to find an outlet to plug into, iPods and portable speakers mean bboys can bust a move wherever they want.

Since we’re talking about music, let’s not ignore beatboxing. In the late 70s, when bboying first hit big, portable music didn’t exist. That’s why bboys and bgirls depended on beats created by human beat machines — people who know how to imitate the sound of a drum kit and maybe even throw in some music along the way.

Beatboxing is still a big part of the bboy community. There’s even international competitions in beatboxing, though for the most part bboys don’t depend on human beatboxes for their music.

How to Be a Bboy

Now that you’ve got the basic terms under your belt, here’s the most crucial step bboys know. Called the “Up Rock”, it is the foundation of all bboy moves.

Start on your left foot, with your right foot back and your arms held backwards.

Next, simply move forward on your right foot while kicking your left foot back.

Bring your left foot forward while swinging your right foot back halfway in an arc. Called a “transition”, this is a common bboy step.

Move your right foot over to replace the left as it moves back, and pump your arms.

Move forward with the left and backwards with the right for balance, landing on your feet each time.

Keep moving from left to right, and you’re ready to keep moving.

Combine this basic step with experience on the bboy court, pile up a good collection of old school hip hop, and you’re ready to rock.

How to Breakdance on the Internet:

  1. BBoy World
  2. Breakdance Class
  3. Breakdancing Ninja
  4. How to Breakdance
  5. NPR: Breakdancing
  6. Open Directory: Society: Subcultures: Hi-Hop: Breakdancing
  7. Yahoo Directory: Contemporary Dance: Breakdancing
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