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Old 05-07-2004, 04:46 AM   #1
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Default So I want to learn how to Break Dance. Any suggestions

I have always been intriqued by break dancing so I wanted to know how I can learn it. Do they have places that can teach you or is it pretty much like and underground type of thing. I dont have any friends that do it so I cant learn from them. I found some "how to" videos on the web , but they seemed cheesy. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-07-2004, 04:49 AM   #2
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Old 05-07-2004, 04:49 AM   #3
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Watch the Breakin' movies.

Especially Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Old 05-07-2004, 04:52 AM   #4
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Just make sure you don't get served.
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Old 05-07-2004, 04:58 AM   #5
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a friend of mine bought a "how to break dance" video a while back and it was hilarious and slightly informative.

THey tried to teach you step by step, but it was really just a joke...


I would suggests you become really strong first.
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Old 05-07-2004, 04:59 AM   #6
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Old 05-07-2004, 05:00 AM   #7
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it's hard to learn from vids
best way is school
usualy dance schools have bd sections, that's a good starting place
I learned it when I used to go to gym back in Moscow.... most motivating part was front flipping and praying to God you won't land on a weight
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Old 05-07-2004, 05:16 AM   #8
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Watch the Breakin' movies.

Especially Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

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That series is crap.
You need to watch Beat Street and try to find some old copies of the TV show Fame. Also get your hands on Herbie Hancocks video 'Rock It'.

Back when breakdancing was new thats what we then kids watched to learn techniques and tricks. We didn't have no dang schools and lessons crap back then. You watched others and practiced your ass off, just like anything else.
In those days I had my own group that competed and won various talent competitons around the area. I have several break dance trophies sitting in my moms basement and I've been known to this day to bust a move if provoked.

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Janq, I love you. Would it be racist or against OT religion to nickname you Token?
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Old 05-07-2004, 06:44 AM   #10
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I have always been intriqued by break dancing so I wanted to know how I can learn it. Do they have places that can teach you or is it pretty much like and underground type of thing. I dont have any friends that do it so I cant learn from them. I found some "how to" videos on the web , but they seemed cheesy. Any suggestions?

Thanks

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IT HURTS!!!

I cracked my head open while doing the headspin once. I never broke danced again.

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Old 05-07-2004, 06:54 AM   #11
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Just go a club. What's new is always changing in that scene.
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Old 05-07-2004, 06:56 AM   #12
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Just go to the 1980's.
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Old 05-07-2004, 08:05 AM   #13
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1. buy some parachute pants.
2. put a bandana around your leg above the knee.
3. find a girl with plenty of hairspray in her hair.
4. call yourself turbo or ozone....
5. hop in the wayback machine to 1985....

and BAM! you're all set.
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Old 05-07-2004, 08:08 AM   #14
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just do cocaine until your nose bleeds then twirl around, you will be the best breaker evar!
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Old 05-07-2004, 08:43 AM   #15
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i bboy all the time. its fun as hell when your at a club, start a circle, and get all the hand claps. lol


anyways,

join bboyworld.com forum, click on new clips, and start downloading all the videos of battles.
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Old 05-07-2004, 08:49 AM   #16
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Dam ...beat me to it!

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Old 05-07-2004, 01:21 PM   #17
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Janq, I love you. Would it be racist or against OT religion to nickname you Token?
Thanks man.

Rather than 'token' becuase for my age group/generation there is nothing good about that term. Though understanding your meaning & intention how about 'Delegate' or 'Rep' as in representative. I do try my best both here and IRL to represent my people and culture the best I can.

Funny a friend of mine had brought this exact subject up just last Wedensday night at a party.
My efforts aren't for naught.

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Old 05-07-2004, 01:23 PM   #18
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1. buy some parachute pants.
2. put a bandana around your leg above the knee.
3. find a girl with plenty of hairspray in her hair.
4. call yourself turbo or ozone....
5. hop in the wayback machine to 1985....

and BAM! you're all set.
You left out the Jheri Curl, brah
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Old 05-07-2004, 01:24 PM   #19
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I would suggests you become really strong first.
Yeah, I tried but I'm too weak.
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Old 05-07-2004, 01:25 PM   #20
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pop and lock before power moves... if you can't make it look good before and after the power moves, no one's going to care how well you do the power moves.
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Thanks man.

Rather than 'token' becuase for my age group/generation there is nothing good about that term. Though understanding your meaning & intention how about 'Delegate' or 'Rep' as in representative. I do try my best both here and IRL to represent my people and culture the best I can.

Funny a friend of mine had brought this exact subject up just last Wedensday night at a party.
My efforts aren't for naught.

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Well said Sir Janq, my intentions were good,

I try to represent my Norwegian culture well, but Solberg's doing that just fine.

And to stay on topic,

My buddy, in highschool, tried to learn. He was pretty much taught by another highschooler who learned from someone else. He was fairly strong and fairly skinny, and he could do some decent stuff, but all the other stuff like the "windmill" takes amazingly ****ed up amounts of upperbody strength. I tried a few things, but my body wasn't cut out for it. I could, and probably still can, do a backflip. That's about it. (I got an A+ in tumbling class)

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What is this I'm too weak business?

first off...youre gonna have to go out and make some friends who break and have some practice space. you cant learn to break in your bedroom...if you wanna take classes you can do that...

i learned because i used to play records and a friend of mine had a crew....i used to play at an acquaintances club and they would show up on friday nights to hang out...they asked if i d be willing to arrange for the club to be open in off hours for practice....i learned from there about 3 years ago. The strength will come with the practice.

theres all this BS about how you need really strong arms and shoulders and all this. the muscles you need to breaking will develop from breaking mostly. Just remember to stretch lots. And dont get discouraged when your balance sucks. And dont think youre going to do windmills or headspins anytime soon.
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I want to learn how to breakdance too ...

too uncoordinated to do pop-locking though ...
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Old 05-07-2004, 03:33 PM   #24
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As mentioned above pop-locking is the way to go to gain maximum visual impact (cool factor) with a minimum of physical damage. Aside from breaking (floor moves) requiring good core strength it is an _excellent_ idea to wear a skully or hoodie before attempting spins, windmills or any other move that involves your head. Why? Premature balding thats why. The friction of your scalp angaist tile or cardboard will **** up you growth pattern quicktime. We saw this back in the day and would use Frisbees, foam pads, hand towels and anything else to seperate our heads from the ground...then the NY boys came up with the concept of wearing a hoodie and to this day 20 years later its a fashion statement, derived from break dancing (!).

Once you have the basic pop lock moves down you can move to introductory level breaking stuff like the caterpillar/body wave, two footed moonwalk/spiderwalk, handstands, front/back flips, stops and reversals culminating in head/top spins and back spins.

I used to practice in my bedroom and our living room as our apt. had wood floors. Just move ish out of the way and you're good. Other places to practice were friends garages & basements as well as outfront of our local Safeway & Giant for tips (!).

Have fun and as always play safe!

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I want to learn how to breakdance too ...

too uncoordinated to do pop-locking though ...
Mencius,

It looks like coordination is required but it isnt.
You don't even have to be able to follow a beat.
All you need to pop lock is a sense of timing.
Every move is timed fast or slow and you need to coordinate your 'draw' hand with your body be it the torso, arm, leg or even face. Like anything it takes practice but its not impossible.
Use a full length mirror to practice that way you can see how the timing hurts/helps you with each move.

In my day I was a stronger popper than breaker and my thing for popping was being less so much hard movements as in 'pop & lock' but through smooth movements that were fluid regardless of speed. I'd win many a battle with that as anybody can lock but do a 'heartbeat' then transition to a 'bodywave' followed by a 'broken leg' to a 'caterpillar' and end back standing up and 'spider walk' away. Thats a crowd pleaser.

Practice mang, practice...

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