Breakdancing is a type of dance founded in the Southern Bronx of New York in the 1970s. Break dancing was first done by the African Americans and was later on followed by the Latino Americans. Some say that this was started to provide an alternative lifestyle for those living in the Bronx. This type of dancing is called breakdancing because of the breaks in the remixed music. Dancers refer to themselves as b-boys, b-girls or sometimes, breakers. There are also different names by which breakdancing is referred to such as breaking or b-boying. These are just some of the term that you should familiarize yourself with if you are interested in break dancing.
There are many styles of breakdancing. Every individual has his or her own personal style when it comes to breakdancing. Different crews also have different styles. Each style of break dancing is unique and fun to watch. The first known style of break dancing was that of James Brown. His song, get on the good foot, started the break dancing craze of the 70s. The first noted style of breakdancing was called the good foot- now called b-boying.
Different styles of breakdancing emerge each and every day. Most of these styles have no known name and crews or individuals just make up names as they go along the way. All of these styles involve 4 basic steps. No matter what style, there are basic steps that every break dancer should know how to do.
The first basic step of breakdancing is called the toprock, this refers to the steps done while standing up. This is the step where the breaker shows off his style. The second step is the downrock. This is also called as floorwork where the breaker uses the whole floor to showcase what he or she has. This is when hands do as much floorwork as the feet. The third step is what is called the power moves. The dancers upper body usually supports the rest of the body when power moves are done. Some of the power moves are movements borrowed from gymnastics or taekwondo. The last of the basic moves are called freezes and suicides. These are the moves you do in mid air and are usual a way to end a routine.