History of Breakin'

“There is no such thing as Hip-Hop dance style. Hip Hop will always be MCing, Djing, Graffiti and Breaking”
Jeff Chang (TIP Crew: South Korea)

B-boying or Breakin', often called "breakdancing" (incorrectly), is a style of street dance that originated as a part of hip hop culture among African American and Latino youths in New York City during the early 1970s. Fast to gain popularity in the media, the dance style also gained popularity worldwide especially in UK, South Korea, France, Russia, Japan, and Brazil. B-boying is typically danced to hip-hop and especially breakbeats, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.

A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. Although the term "breakdance" is frequently used to refer to the dance that Lauren Kennedy often performs, "B-boying" and "Breakin'" are the original terms. These terms are preferred by the majority of the art form’s pioneers and most notable practitioners.

In the past 40 years since b-boying's creation, various films have depicted the dance. In the early 1980s several films depicted b-boying including Wild Style, Flashdance, Breakin, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo, Delivery Boys, Krush Groove and famously Beat Street.

 

Famous Crews:

Many crews are noted for Breaking, amongst many others are: New York City Breakers & Rock Steady Crew (famous final battle in the film Beat Street), Incredible breakers and Zulu Kings the first ever Breaking Crew. More modern crews include TIP, Phase T, Morning of Owl and Renegades can be found breaking around the World.

 

If you want to know what Breakin' and Hip Hop is all about, this film/documentary will satisfy your thirst for knowledge. Watch it...guarantee you'll want to to Break during and after! Spread the word. Peace n Respect.