B-Boying is a highly expressive dance developed in the Bronx of New York City, USA. However, B-Boying can be traced back to the early days of the 19th century when Folk, Tap, and Jazz were very popular. B-Boying is also known as Breaking or Breakdancing and the dancers are called B-Boys or B-Girls. It’s one of many dances that crossover with Street Dance and Hip Hop, but the key difference is dancing on the breakbeats or ‘Bs’.
Why do we teach B-Boying?
B-Boying is one of the cornerstones of Hip Hop and Street culture. B-Boying helps develop a whole new set of muscle groups, resulting in a fluidity of movement that is highly expressive and dynamic. As B-Boying is synonymous with Street and Hip Hop culture, it is often used in advertising campaigns and music videos. Knowing B-Boying will help you master Street, Hip Hop and Locking moves, too.
B-Boying dance moves
B-Boying has definitive Toprock, Footwork, and Freeze moves.
B-Boying moves include:
- Indian Step
A basic Toprock (upright) move, the Indian Step is characterized by folding, opening, and finally crossing arms across the body in one fluid, expressive movement.
- Back Spin
The Back Spin is a Footwork (ground) move that requires lots of momentum and circular motion. The Back Spin involves spinning on your back with your legs held tight to your body.
- Chair Freeze
Freeze moves are often used to end a move. The Chair Freeze is characterized by being supported by one leg and one arm, while almost lying, frozen, on the floor.