In 1898, Thomas Edison recorded a young street dancer performing acrobatic head spins and since then, Breakdancing has been growing and expanding daily. Early Pioneers refer to the style of dance as “B-Boying” or “Breaking.” It wasnt until the early 1970s when a group of street performers in New York City developed Breakdancing as a defined style of dance in the United States. Bronx based Djs would take the “breaks” of dance records and loop them to prolong the rhythmic breakdown section. This break allowed the dancers to show off their improvisational skills. Later on, street performances turned into Battles. Two dancers or dance “crews” would battle each other with their dancing to be judged on creativity, skill and musicality.
Originally break dancers would dance to hip-hop, funk and break beats but now-a-days with modern music, they can dance to almost any style that can be mixed to follow certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns. Even though breakdancing is very diverse in variation, it really comes down to 4 kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes.
Thanks to the media, breakdancing has spread worldwide to areas such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Russia and South Korea. It has also spread to films and television. MTVs, Americas Best Dance Crew was one of the most popular shows displaying Breakdancing. The Step Up films are dance movies that focuses on the passion of dance with major features of Breakdancing.