Thursday, February 9, 2012

Breakdance Like Movements In African & African American Dances

Edited by Azizi Powell

breakdance 1940's

Uploaded by brilbarrett on Nov 5, 2007

breakdance 1940's. This is proof that hip hop and many of its elements have been around for a long time, long time

These videos are presented without editorial comments in chronological order based on the dance or dances showcased in the video.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive presentation of breakdance videos or of videos which remind me of breakdancing. These selected videos are posted for their aesthetic and folkloric value. They shouldn't be construed to mean that the movements that are referred to as breakdancing necessarily had their source in these traditional African and pre-1970s African American dances.

My thanks to the dancers, musicians, singers, and the producers and uploaders of these videos.

"B-boying, often called "breakdancing", is a popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of hip-hop culture among African Americans and Latino youths in New York City. The dance consists of four primary elements: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. It is danced to both hip-hop and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks. The musical selection for b-boying is not restricted to hip-hop music as long as the tempo and beat pattern conditions are met. A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. These dancers often participate in battles, formal or informal dance competitions between two individuals or two crews. Although the term "breakdance" is frequently used, "b-boying" and "breaking" are the original terms used to refer to the dance. These terms are preferred by the majority of the art form’s pioneers and most notable practitioners."


Video #1: breakdance 1940's [USA]
Presented at the top of this post.

Video #2: Les Balletts Africans Performance... [Guinea]

Uploaded by Valdas Kotovas on Mar 10, 2011

From the version of this video:
This performance was filmed 4 years ago in Guinea , Conakry*. This is one the most famous West African group representing African Folk and Art....

*Conakry, Guinea

Video #3: These Africans Gettin It Poppin (break dance Africa version) [Nigeria]

Uploaded by adiouma on Dec 13, 2011

don't try him on a break dance battle

Video #4: Beat Street Roxy Battle [USA]

Roberto Alfaro, Published on Oct 17, 2012

Beat Street 1984 HD Break dancing High Definiton Beat Street Roxy Battle (HD) The Bronxs Break Dancers 720p

Video #5: New York Subway Break Dance [USA]

Uploaded by gnsec on Jul 25, 2008

Getting off the NYC subway I ran into this breakdancing performance at the station. The song is "We gonna rock it" by Flying Steps, except 1st 10 seconds Sandstorm by Darude.

Video #6: The Art of Teknique (TAT) Freestyle Showcase - IOAta Think You Can Dance Competition

Uploaded by Kipipiani5 on Nov 4, 2010

The Art of Teknique (TAT) at IOAta Think You Can Dance, dance competition for alzheimer's awareness at Sacstate Nov. 3, 2010
These 10 year old boys did the Robot, breakdancing, and other dance moves. A number of viewers commented that they danced to the song "Excision and Datsik - Guess I Got My Swagger Back (Dubstep)"

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