More Than a Sport
Who could have guessed breakdancing would become part of the Olympic games? Well, it is a reality now! The organizing committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic games has confirmed this progressive energy, putting together this artistic, well-liked physical activity with the Olympic games. Breakdancing is the kind of sport that allows new athletes to show their talent. Breakdancing is born in the streets and has a very specific background, with a diversified community, unified around specific codes, and equipment. Breakdancing has its own lifestyle. Let's welcome the vibrant Hip-Hop world and its million dancers, a world that is now well-established, a well-deserved reward.
Breakdancing is part of the Olympic family, like surfing, climbing, skateboarding. The next meeting? During the summer games in Tokyo 2021 as a show, and as an official sport in 2024. The IOC (International Olympic Committee) was willing to modernize the noble institution which was softly sleeping and forgetting some major contemporary disciplines. Sports practiced outside sports halls and stadiums, for young people, in urban spaces, made up of social diversity. When the sports world welcomes new colors, it is certainly the right time to combine them with the Olympic games.
BREAKDANCING AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES
A decision that brings many questions.
Breakdancing at the Olympics: This decision will maybe interrogate, intrigue, and create an open discussion about the new faces of sports. Has urban dance its place within the Olympic world? To try and answer let's go and follow “battles” (competitions) organized around the world. As Thomas Bach did (the IOC president) during the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. His answer was very clear:“I have to admit I have some admiration for all the breakdancing moves. This dance allows dancers to show their personality. You feel the performance, you discover clearly the personality of each athlete.” Just as in gymnastics or figure skating, you have to practice breakdancing for many years before mastering the dance steps. It requires real physical strength. In these sports, you must have a slick and energetic creativity to find your own artistic style.
Dancers are sportswomen and sportsmen but also artists. With them, the whole breakdancing culture will dance, freeze, and footwork at the Olympic Games. It will be an invigorating meeting between a durable and solid institution and the freestyle moves of Hip-Hop, which has strong codes, languages, and styles...In one word: diversity, a unique and specific culture with its catchphrase: “Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun”. A rich culture spreading around the globe, as quickly as a rap flow, coming from the poor suburbs of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1970s.
Breakdancing is born in the streets, where everything starts, again and again, like tomorrow's sports. Here it comes, driven by the Olympic flame. A great opportunity to introduce breakdancing amongst a general audience, to present B-Girls and B-Boys (breakdancing dancers), to put an end to false ideas like urban life and streets are full of violence or breakdancers are just dancers wearing a hoodie, dancing on the floor, and hanging around dark streets.
Breakdancing is all different. It opens a rare and wonderful door and allows this sport to invade peacefully the everyday urban life. It is a world of positive energy, a colorful and creative world, a wind of change at the Olympics.
As Menno, the dutch breakdancing star said: “Call us Art-hletes!”. Art and sport are unified, it is the topic of this press file. Happy reading!
The history of breakdancing, between music, philosophy, and sport.
Breakdancing is a style of dance coming from Hip-Hop dance. It has a musical background but Hip-Hop dance also brings together five disciplines: Rap, DJing, Graffiti, Beatboxing, and Breakdancing. This dance was born at the beginning of the 1970s in the poor suburbs of New York, particularly in the South Bronx. Young inactive people could not find a place to show their creativity, in their surroundings there was misery, drugs, and gangs. They could confront other people with their dancing skills and not with violence. For those people, mostly of Afro-American or Porto Rican origins, this new physical activity was a great source of inspiration and a way to exist.
Breakdancing is constantly changing. Moves evolve with the music. Even if existing steps represent the basics, Bgirls and Bboys are always trying to find new steps or moves according to the different evolutions of music. They find inspiration through classical dance moves or martial arts like Capoeira (from Brasil), their imagination has no limit. Breakdancers are very curious about what is happening around the world. Breakdancing has universal values, Afrika Bambaataa and Zulu Nation advocate them: “Peace, love, unity and having fun”. James Brown has sung this message in one of his songs.
Breakdancing is a place of diversity and respect, with its own language and clothing codes. A style of life that spreads quickly on all continents. It is becoming more popular with movies and video clips. The biggest international stars dance with breakdance steps and moves in their choreographies. There are more and more major competitions organized around the world. Breakdancing becoming part of the Olympic Games is an acknowledgment. It is not only a sport joining the Olympic universe it is a whole culture or more... cultures.
Breakdancing is one of the numerous dances born within Hip-Hop dance. It is the most challenging dance performed in a short period of time, physically. You dance standing up and on the floor. All muscles of the body are solicited: the neck, the shoulders, thighs, the arms... Reinforcing muscles is the basic training of dancers. It requires flexibility and force. It is considered an extreme sport. On top of physical strength, it requires creativity. A real challenge. Dancers have to be strong, energetic, and creative. Within 45 seconds maximum.
To better talk Bboying or Breaking, to better understand the links with gym and boxing...
Aerial movements, similar to the one in Gym, like saltos
Freeze on the wrist with dorsal flexion, the elbow close to the body the legs towards the ceiling
Competitions between dancers.
Bboying, or Breaking
More popular names for Breakdancing.
Breakdancer, female or male.
Stealing or copying the movement of another dancer.
Freeze in support of the wrist and a dorsal flexion, elbow close to the body, one leg parallel to the floor.
Group of dancers.
Drops / Transitions
Movements of transition between top rocks and footworks, between dancing standing up and dancing on the floor.
Powermove like on a pommel horse in the gym. Circular movement with the legs to rotate in support of the wrists.
Dance steps, the dancer varies the different supports (hands, feet, knees, the back...).
A static figure, generally on a superior member or the head.
Tricks with a series of jumps on one hand.
Powermove turning on the head.
Landing in support on one part of the body.
Circular movements in support on top of the body (wrist, elbow, shoulder, head) the dancer throws legs in the air to rotate.
Falling while sliding.
No need to prepare anything to start up with. The dancer gets to the middle of the circle, feels the music, makes leg movements, dances standing up. He creates steps inspired by Latin dances and boxing gestures.
A series of freezes, the dancer throws the legs like a piston-engine in between each move.
Change of direction, reversing the support.
Powermove on the corner of the head as support ("the crown"). The dancer rotates helped by the movements of the legs and the wrists.
The battle is the heart of Breakdancing. It is the highest point. It is a competitive and artistic face-to-face between dancers. Qualifications are set up according to the number of dancers. Each dancer can dance for 30 to 45 seconds. Judges give marks according to a specific scale and select the best dancers in the different categories. Battles are open to everyone. No selection according to age or gender. After qualifications, competition is on according to each category (rated on a chart), After face-to-face dances, dancers are eliminated right away. For the final competition, each dancer dances twice, or three times depending on the category of the dance. The DJ plays the music, dancers have to improvise to the music they are just discovering. Dancers have to respect the style of the dance. Some battles are a mix of Hip-Hop styles and dances.
Three to five people make up the jury, it is always an odd number of judges to avoid inequalities. In the final phases, voting is made with a show of hands. Each judge has one voice “for” or “tie”. If possible each judge represents a special technique or a different style. To select dancers, judges have a file with charts for each category. They mark each dancer and select the best one in each category during the final competition. Between each battle, judges have a limited time to make up their mind and mark dancers. But sometimes, the marking system is different according to the organizers.
Without a DJ, there is no battle. He mixes, plays music, and creates the ambiance. He is a major actor in the event. Thanks to him, dancers can express themselves and show their own skills when feeling music. Each dancer discovers the DJ's choice. He has to improvise and adapt his moves. The DJ plays music according to each style of dance. One or two DJ's can be chosen according to the importance of the event.
During the battle the speaker talks into a microphone to support dancers, he also helps to remind the rules of the battle, with a break between each selection, to allow the judges to give notes to dancers. The number of guides varies between one or two, according to the event and the level of the competition. The role of the guide is to introduce teams, judges, the official members, partners and sponsors who contributed to the event.
Funky dance with jumps, hands, arms, and feet moves around the body. Also with stops, the dancer locks his position to the music. It is a dance with precise and locked moves. A very spectacular dance. The dancer has to bring positive vibes on top of technical difficulties. This brings a lot of styles! Locking comes from the famous American TV show: “Soul Train”.
HIP-HOP NEW STYLE
This dance has a lot of rhythm and jumps. On Rap. This type of dance is a mix of different Hip-Hop music with steps from other styles of dance. It is a more recent dance. It became famous with the video clip: “Can’t Touch This” from MC Hammer.
Popping was born at the end of the 1970s on the west coast of USA. It is a funky style of dancing based on muscle contraction. You have to separate some parts of your body in a jerky or flowing style of dancing to create a visual effect. The most well-known movement is Roboting, the dancer moves like a robot.
This dance was born in the nightclubs of New York and Chicago in the 1980s. The style is light and aerial, dancing mainly on tiptoe. House dance gets its inspiration through different dances like salsa, tap-dancing, or afro style dances. Bgirls became essential in house dancing.
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The dancers start very young and have very different levels of skills. Breakdancing develops many physical, intellectual and emotional capacities. Coordination, memorization, imagination and interpretation, everything is there to reveal your personality!
THE THREE ICONIC ITEMS OF THE URBAN DANCE
Hip-Hop dancers are free to choose their outfit… Their clothing must be stylish and have technical qualities. The technical nature of the fabrics is to be breathable and stretchy. This is essential. It offers comfort and ease to dancers. Each Hip-Hop dancer has to assert and show his personality through dance and clothing. Therefore
Elastane and a loose fit to be able to perform wide moves
Breathable Cotton for more comfort
IS IT COMFORTABLE TO DANCE WITH A HOODIE?
With urban dances, you have to find suitable clothes to perform special moves. Wearing a hoodie seems to be a problem because of the warmth of the material. But the
WHY WEAR A HOODIE?
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PANTS, THE NEW ITEM FOR THE COLLECTION
The material helps to perform any move
KNEE PADS: BGIRLS AND BBOYS PROTECTION
Flexible and comfortable, they are adaptable to the body morphology.
PROTECTION AGAINST IMPACTS
Padded at the front of the knees to help limit impacts.
Known world wide for his dancing techniques: Toyman and Waving. He is a teacher and a jury for contests in more than 30 countries. Today, Djidawi shares his experiences with young dancers. He is also an expert for
Since the end of 1999
One of the founders of the group “Skip The Use”, he received a «Victoire de la Musique» for best rock LP of the year (2012) Co-founder of the companies “Make me sound” and “Make me sound publishing”: musical production (sound design for films, advertising, gaming, etc.). Musical partner of OneBlueTeam.
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- Sugar Hill Gang
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- It’s tricky
- Missy Elliott
- Bring the pain (feat. Method Man)
- Beat street
- Stan Lathan
- USA, 1984
- Le Défi
- Blanca Li
- FR, 2002
- The Freshest Kids
- The History of the Bboys
- USA, 2002
- James Brown
- I Can't Stand Myself
- Soul Searchers
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- It's Serious
- Moving Up
- Joel Silberg
- USA, 1984
- USA, 1983
- MC Hammer
- U can’t touch this
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- The Creator
- Kriss Kross
- Das Efx
- They want Efx
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- Street dancer
- Chris Stokes
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- Wreckin Shop: Live From Brooklyn
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