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The 1980's
Breakers Break Into Dance

The 1980's
The 1980's

Breakers Break Into Dance
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.85

     challenging words:    b-boying, b-girling, breakdancer, breakdancers, breakdancing, dance-offs, downrock, flat-soled, folkdances, moonwalk, toprock, turf, suburban, suicide, bandanas, coordinate
     content words:    DJ Kool Herc, United States, In South Korea

Breakers Break Into Dance
By Jane Runyon

1     It all began in the 1970's. Legends of this craze say it all began with a street corner DJ named DJ Kool Herc. He would take the rhythmic breakdown elements (or "breaks") of several songs, string them together, and provide a base for street dancers to display their talents. Because of the rhythmic mixes, the dancers became known as breakers. Spectators said that they were b-boying or b-girling. That came to be known as breaking or breakdancing.
2     The popularity of breakdancing spread through the streets of large cities. By the 1980's, it hit its peak. In areas where gangs were prevalent, breakdancing became one of the means used to settle arguments over who should be allowed in certain areas. Dancers from the rival gangs would perform their feats of rhythm and acrobatics. The gang with the better breakdancers was given reign over the questioned area or turf. It was less violent than fighting with each other. Many lives were spared by this contest.
3     Breakdancing consists of several different elements. Generally speaking, a dancer will begin by doing steps while standing up on his or her feet. The dancer is able to show coordination, flexibility, style, and rhythm in these steps. These standing steps are called toprock. These steps help the dancer warm-up before the really strenuous dancing begins.
4     The dancer then moves to the downrock steps. These steps are usually done with the dancer's hands and feet on the ground. The steps start getting faster. They also become more complicated.

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