How Breakdancing Started
B-boying, a form is street dancing, originated in the 70’s in New York mainly by young Puerto Rican and African Americans. It consists of top/ up rock, footwork, spinning moves, and freeze, but also is based on your own self expression. The name “B-boy” or “B-boying” was made up by Kool Herc.
It is also called ‘breaking’ and ‘break-dancing’, but most true b-boy dancers do not prefer the name ‘break-dancing’, as the name was created by the media. The ‘b’ in ‘b-boying’ stands for “break”, which refers to the break in a record, or when the beat drops. (Exciting and high energy danceable section of the music)
B-boying really is a form of art. Some say you feel like you can see a man or woman’s soul vibrating to the music as they dance. To be a true b-boy requires passion, and being accepted as a true b-boy dancer is considered a major honor of the hip-hop community.