breakdance, the oldest known hip-hop style of dance, is believed to have originated in the Bronx, New York in the 1970’s. Sonic inspirations date back to the energetic performances of funk maestro, James Brown. In the early days of djing, emceeing, and b-boying, a break – instrumental part of a song that is looped repeatedly by the DJ – were incorporated into songs to allow a showcase of improvised breakdance steps.


Elements of Breakdancing:

Music is an essential part of breaking, but hip-hop is not the only option. 70’s soul, funk, and even jazz tunes all work as well. Style, fashion, spontaneity, concept and technique are also vital aspects of breakdancing.

Popular Breakdance Moves: