B-Boying Evolution

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B-boying is considered currently to be one of the mainstream dances of the Hip Hop genre. This intensely physical dance has a very interesting history and is a product of a subculture that was born on the streets of New York City during the early 1970s. Understanding the foundations and environment that created this dance is vital as well as its evolution into a modern dance form. B-boying and eventually B-girling can be divided into three main categories: old school, the freak and its current form which is far more acrobatic.(1) Moreover, B-boying has become a world-wide phenomena with dances and competitions all over the world and with this international flavor, B-boying continues to thrive as an example of modern dance expression. …show more content…
It was a much simpler form of dance and didn 't include the headspin or windmill. (6) The old school B-boying had a lot of footwork which was very complicated. Dancers would either dance on a piece of cardboard or flooring. They had to learn to dance in relative small spaces such as sidewalks, small rooms and eventually clubs. Cyphering was another important part of B-boying, this meant a dancer would have people surround him in a circle as he danced with the crowd evaluating his performance. When in a competition, each dancer would try to “burn” or “smoke” his opponent by dancing the best. (7) Often opposing gangs would engage in competitions on the streets to gain superiority. Sometimes it peaceful other times violence occurred. Africa Bambaataa, another DJ from the Bronx, saw the great potential of Hip Hop and B-boying. He nurtured and encouraged the movement through music and founded the first B-boying group, the Zulu Nation. (8) In 1977, the Freak took over and became very popular. This dance was based on the Le Freak song by Chic. …show more content…
Toprock is done from a standing position and allows a lot of freedom of movement for the dancer. Downrock or footwork is when the dancer completely is on the floor doing moves with his hands or feet. Power moves are very acrobatic movements such as windmills or headspins. These movements require a lot of strength, coordination and stamina from the dancer. Freezes are very intense moves that literally halt all the movement of the dancer into a frozen pose. Such as a one armed hand-stand. All these moves allow the dancer freedom for his or her expression. The role of women in B-boying or B-girling is interesting. Initially, women did not participate in the B-boy movement since its origins were on the streets and often gang related. Women at that time were not encouraged to join the movement. As the movement became more popular, women did begin to participate although very rarely. Ana Rokafella Garcia was a pioneer for B-girls and received her big break in the 1990s. She was very successful as a dancer and became a role model for future generations

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