Breakdancing, also called Breaking, is an athletic style of Street Dance that was created by African American youth during the late sixties and early 1970’s. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, breakdancing mainly consists of four kinds of movement: Toprock, Footwork, Power Moves & Freezes.
What is Toprock?
Toprock is a major element of Breaking, and generally refers to foot movement performed from a standing position. It is usually the first area of Breaking used in a ‘set’, and it serves as a warm-up for transitions into the more acrobatic moves.
Breakers may devote considerable time to developing their Toprock to a stylistic display.
What is Footwork (Downrock)?
Footwork is used to describe any movement on the floor with the hands supporting the dancer as much as the feet. The most basic of Footwork is done entirely on feet and hands but more complex variations can involve the knees when threading limbs through each other.
What are Power Moves?
Power Moves, Spins & Tricks are acrobatic moves that require momentum, speed, endurance, strength, flexibility, and control to execute. The breaker is generally supported by his upper body while the rest of his body creates circular momentum.
What are Freezes?
A freeze is a Breaking technique that involves halting all body motion, often in an interesting or balance-intensive position. Freezes often incorporate various twists and distortions of the body into stylish and often difficult positions.
Do I Need To Take All Styles To Be a B-Boy/B-Girl?
It is highly recommended to take all 4 elements of Breaking (Top Rock, Footwork, Power Moves & Freezes), as well as Conditioning and Stretch to master the required strength and flexibility for this style.
Is It For Me?
Breaking is high energy and powerful dance, however it requires a high level of patience and discipline. The style has a masculine tone, however both boys and girls are welcome.
What Kind of Music?
Breaking is generally danced to Breakbeats which includes a repeated sample of a drumbeat, usually forming a fast syncopated rhythm. However, modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.
What Programs Offer Breaking?
New Era Flow & Home Stage
What Classes Pair Well With Breaking?
Conditioning, Stretch, Tricks (Acro) and Contemporary