Where did breakdancing originate? Well, the first form of breakdancing arose in New York City during the 1970s.
During this time, many street gangs began to practice freeform dancing as an entertaining distraction and a way to promote unity among members.
Today, breakdancing culture is recognized as more than just the act of breakdancing – it has grown to represent an entire lifestyle.
The breakdance culture became popular with young African Americans growing up in America’s inner cities due to its association with hip-hop music.
People breakdance when they utilize their bodies to move in swift, rhythmic movements defined by the beats of music.
They often create sounds with their bodies or objects around them to express themselves.
This might be done in a competitive environment, known as breaking battles, but it can also be done socially at parties and other events.
Breakdancers require great strength and flexibility. They train their bodies by doing aerobic exercises like push-ups and sit-ups. The moves they perform include top rocks, down rocks, power moves, freezes, and footwork.
Today, breakdancers compete in events, such as the UK B-Boy Championships. Worldwide championships are held every year in a lot of countries. In 2024, it will also make its Olympic debut.
Although the culture of breakdance began as self-defense tactics, breakdancing has since grown into extremely complicated and athletic dances that can only be performed by the best of dancers.
The breakdance culture is a setting where anything is possible if you dare to believe and let yourself lose in movement rather than fear what others might think.
Journalist Allison Samuels claims, “Breakdancing” also gives kids something to do when they weren’t at school or doing their homework.”
Today, breakdancing has become an international phenomenon. You can go to any mall or city street in the world and find at least one boy gyrating to loud music spun by a DJ on his phone.
Perhaps, it was inevitable that this newest dance craze would catch on like wildfire. Nevertheless, at its heart, it is a culture rooted in tradition and history.