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Break Dancing

Break Dancing or b-boying as is it known is very fun once you get the hang of it and pretty easy to start. All you need is some time and you are ready to go. There are many different moves you can learn and start trying in your own home. They say break dancing is all about practicing so get started!

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

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Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Intro


Whether you want to impress your friends or participate in dance competitions, or just have fun – break dancing is an exciting hobby. A skilled break-dancer will always grab everyone’s attention instantly with the complex moves, keeping up with the pace of the music.




Break dancing is an energetic street style dance where you perform amazingly intricate moves but appear completely in coordination with your body. Break-dancers are called b-boys or b-girls, depending on their gender.




This dance form is also a wonderful way to keep fit since you need plenty of balance, a strong body and a fit heart. As you become better at this form of dance art, you will gain self-confidence as you face your fans across the floor.




Break Dance – Its Origins


Even though break dancing has been around since the 1960’s, it became popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s in New York with the African American people. It is believed that it might have had its roots in the ‘Lindy Hop’ and the Charleston but there is no right way to break dancing as it is adapted by the dancers all the time, borrowing from other dance forms and arts. However, we can say that James Brown takes the credit for popularizing break dancing back in the late 1960’s. This dance style that was called Good foot at this time began to be called the b-boy a little later. Soon after came DJ Afrika Bambaataa with their dexterity in mixing music and transforming break dancing into what we see it as, in current times. Breakdancing also has its origin from the South Bronx when Kool DJ Herc mixed and matched various beats of music, creating a rhythm – and break dancing. What started as a casual dance form is now being offered as an option by dance schools – opening up a lot of scope for the performer, helping them become professional break-dancers or giving them a gateway into the movies. You might find it hard to believe that you can make a career out of this dance form – but you have very good chances of performing in music videos, dancing on shows – and depending on who is producing it, you can earn good cash. Auditions will give you the exposure and open the doors to bigger projects.




Where To Start When You Learn Break Dancing


It is important to get used to the basic moves first, before you can try any of the ‘power’ stuff. It is also important to practice a lot because, especially with break dancing, you must become good at it while avoiding injury to yourself. The best way to do this is by getting an instructor who is qualified to teach you how to do this. Your instructor will also teach you the right exercises to warm up – like stretching to relax your muscles before you begin your break dancing so that your chances of getting hurt are minimized. Some sore muscles and some minor injury are inevitable, but with guided instruction, you can quickly learn to avoid these.




While learning to spin during a headstand, most learners use a helmet and then move on to a cushioned hat until they can perform it well enough to do it without any protection. Some moves are quite complex in break dancing and that is why it is advisable to learn with someone who is accomplished in this dance form. For some moves, back protection is worn for support. Sometimes wrist supports are also worn if the entire body weight has to be borne on the palms. Just before performances, many break-dancers powder their hands since this makes hand spins easier. Some also wear gloves.




Developing Your Own Style Of Break Dancing


Break dancing is a lot of fun, but to get really good at it, it calls for a lot of concentrated effort and persistence. Rather than just learning a particular way to perform the footwork, you must develop your unique style in a natural way. This needs plenty of practice. There are plenty of online break dancing schools that do a good job of teaching you the basics.


Now let us get familiar with a few moves you will learn when you take up break dancing:


 



Basics:


Top rock and up rock – this is the footwork you learn to establish your own style. Down rock and six-step involve footwork on the ground. The sweeping movement you see break-dancers performing with their legs on the ground is the coffee grinder.


 



Power moves after the basics:


• The basic power moves are the windmills and the flares – these can be quite tough and need much practice to master.


• Abdominal – hand glides and hand spins, icey ice, turtles, crickets, jackhammers


• Inverted power moves are the elbow spin, solar eclipse and scissor kicks.


• Then we have the freezes – hollow back, air chairs, elbow poses, chairs, pikes and so on.


• When you move to the advanced power moves, you will do airtracks, which are full windmills, and air flares.


 


As for music – you can break dance to hip-hop, funk, jazz and soul.


 


Some really well known break-dancers are the Rocksteady Crew, Tony Touch, Mr Wiggles, Crazy legs, Fast Feet, etc. You can learn a lot by observing other break-dancers at parties and clubs. A lot of people practice in front of their mirrors so that they can figure out how to improve.


 


By now you must be raring to go find that instructor so that you can get started with all that footwork. Discover A Hobby is where you can find links to exhaustive information related to break dancing, where you can learn, instructional videos, books that will be of great help, etc. You will also find a lot of tips to help you take up break dancing as a hobby. And it wont be long before you’re doing what you long to do – with style!