“Breaking” become popular worldwide and different type of remixes can be used to perform this dance. DJs across the world remixed different music genres which can serve as a platform in executing this dance step. There are two main considerations in choosing the music : rhythm and tempo. As long as the breaker can synchronize the dance moves with both elements, then performance would surely be applauded by breaking enthusiasts. Since its origin is traced from averting street fights among gangs, there must be 2 groups or “crew” that would perform a showdown. Breakdance has general pattern of steps which can be modified or combined to exhibit artistry and creativity.
The following are basic break dance steps that a b-boy or b-girl must be familiar with:
Toprock. This step is usually in the opening part of the dance and assumed in a standing position. It is the most basic and must show immediately the dancer’s personality to make an impression in the audience. A b-boy can show aggressiveness while performing toprock as long as his moves are clean. This dance step integrates also other dance styles such as popping or locking.
Downrock. If toprock is standing, down rock is done on the floor using hands ( or feet ) to support the dancer. This is the part of the dance that gets exciting as the dancer starts to show strength in supporting the body. However, breakdancers must not only support themselves but show mastery of the 6-step which helps in establishing momentum in executing a down rock. This corrects that notion that breakdance steps are just random and easy to execute. Mastery of the 6 steps can ensure stability and safety on the floor.
Power moves. These break dance steps are more complex since it involves strength and momentum to execute so the body can move in a circular motion. Known power moves are head spin, flare, windmill, and snipe.
Freezes. Among the break dance steps, this can be considered as the most stylish since it engages the dancer to suspend himself off the ground which enthralls the audience. Moves from gymnastics can be include in the dance.
Suicides. The name has strong connotation since this is a break dance step that shows the dancer losing control thereby falling. Viewers often grimace as they imagine the pain fo hitting the floor but experienced dancers have practiced this step to minimize pain and injury.