Break Dance Essay

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B-Boy Breakin Moves Dictionary

AIRPLANES

Form of a windmills with your arms spread out straight to the sides as high as you can get them.

AIRSWIPES

You start with both hands and feet on the ground, facing upwards. Then you kick your legs up with your weight on one arm and spin over so that you land on your other arm before your legs land. If done correctly you should be able to spin you body completely around in a full rotation.

APPLEJACKS

A basic move to challenge another bboy to battle. You squat on both legs, then fall backward onto your hands and kick one leg into the air, as high as possible. Then you spring back onto both legs, and repeat.

BACKSPIN

A spin performed high on the back. All weight is balanced on
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Variations:
1. Body flare: flaring while your body is high.
2. Flare, but legs together (very hard)
3. Flare, but legs crossed (even harder)
4. Flare with your elbows
5. Flare with your palms

Quick Tips (because I get a lot of emails about this move)
1) Keep your butt high when its in front
2) Turn your toes pointed upwards, like the heel out
3) Keep your fingers always looking backward
4) Legs straight and spread

FLOAT

Balancing on his hands with his body horizontal except for his legs which are usually bent to help balance.

FOOTWORK

Same as "downrock".

FRONT FLIP

A flip forward down in the air flipping yourself upside down and right side up again to your starting position.

GAINER (in Capoeira called Folla Secca)

A running backwards flip facing forward performed by thrusting your entire body into a flip launching your hands and legs up and then grabbing your legs once tucked to your chest. In order to get your legs up you must kick, all the momentum comes from your legs.

GENIES

Windmills w/ your arms crossed over the chest.

GO DOWN

The action of a bboy engagin in a battle with the possibility that he could get burned.

HALO

A windmill except instead of rolling from shoulder to shoulder you spin on your head.

HANDCUFFS

Windmills like nutcrackers but with hands behind back in cuffed position.

HAND GLIDE

The bboy is

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