Thursday, October 29, 2009

Styles of Hip Hop Dance - Breaking

B-boying/Break dancing

Another form of hip hop dancing that I really enjoy doing and watching is break dancing. B-boying or breaking, commonly referred to as breakdancing, is a style of dance that evolved as part of hip-hop culture among Black and Latino American youths in the South Bronx of New York City. The popularity of this form of dancing peaked during the 1970s. It is danced to both hip-hop and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks. The term used to address a person who breakdances is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. Although "breakdance" is a common term, "b-boying" and "breaking" are preferred by the majority of this style’s practitioners.

Breaking's intense popularity started to fade in the late 1970s, but in the following decades it became an accepted dance style used in commercials, movies, and print media. Parties, disco clubs, talent shows, and other public events became typical locations for breakers. Instruction in breaking techniques is now available at dance studios where hip-hop dance is taught.

This impressive form of hip hop was what first caught my attention and drew me towards hip hop. Before I learned how to pop, I used to breakdance. I have always admired this form of dance, however due to the difficulty and danger involved with it, I was not able to go too far into it. The one move that I have always wished to master was “the headspin”. This b-boy move involves the breaker spinning on his head like a top, like so.

One breaker that I have always admired is Ryan Conferido, an American b-boy who is most popular for being a part of the Quest Crew and finishing top 10 in So You Think You Can Dance Season 1. If you wish to see what advanced breaking looks like, check out this video of Ryan Conferido doing his thing.

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