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  1. STIFF_UK

    STIFF_UK Jesus Loves You

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    Okay - this is a (not so) short resource to answer any questions about the dance (bboying)

    First up, welcome to the bboy.org forums.
    This section (the moves section) is where you can learn, read about, and ask about any specific problems you may have.

    Anything you want to talk about that is not related to the various parts of hiphop art (dancing, painting, rapping etc) and funk style dances, then go to the GENERAL DISCUSSION part of the forum.

    I would ask that whenever you go to a forum for the first time, that you look and see if there is a "read me" or a guideline post at the top. If there is, please take the time to read it.


    Now - there's a few questions and misconceptions that you may have at this point, and this is totally normal. I'll try to adress some of them here.


    Breakdancing
    Okay - listen up. Most of the world know this dance as breakdancing. So you may be surprised to hear, that that isn't the name of the dance.
    The dance is actually called BBOYING.

    The name breakdancing was actually dreamed up by some reporter who confused the idea of dancing to the break (where a funk track is all drum) with the name of the dance - hence "breakdancing".

    The dance is called bboying wether you are a boy or a girl.
    BBoying = the dance
    BBoy = Break Boy (a boy who dances to the break)
    BGirl = Break Girl (a girl who dances to the break)


    Where did bboying come from?
    BBoying was created in the Bronx in New York sometime around 1973.


    What do I learn first?
    Okay - here's where you should start.

    The basics of bboying are very important and really shouldn't be glossed over or skipped. Start off with this stuff, and you can become a better dancer quicker than you could by going straight to the harder and more impressive moves.


    TOPROCK - The stand-up part of the dance. Very important. This is where you can really let loose and enjoy yourself. It's this part of the dance that you can play with the music a lot.
    "If you don't toprock before you go down and do footwork, you're not really bboying."
    - Popmaster Fabel (Rock Steady Crew)

    If you go to the TOPROCK sub-forum, you will be able to read up more on this part of the dance.


    DROPS - This gets you from your toprock, down into your footwork.
    The four basic drops are:
    The sweep.
    The back sweep.
    The kneedrop.
    the corkscrew.

    If you go to the DROPS sub-forum, you will be able to read up more on this part of the dance.


    FOOTWORK - This is what most people know bboying as. When you are down on the floor (usually on hands and feet) doing a lot of complex looking steps.
    This is probably the most creative part of the dance.

    As a starter, you should learn 6step and 3step (learn them BOTH ways). Then when you have perfected them, start to move onto more technical stuff.

    If you go to the FOOTWORK sub-forum, you will be able to read up more on this part of the dance.


    FREEZES - This is the traditional way to finish your throwdown (a throwndown is what we call it when you visit the floor to take your turn)

    The basic freezes to learn are:
    Chair freeze.
    Baby freeze.
    Turtle freeze.

    These are the most fundamental freezes and it is very important that you leanr them early on as a lot of other moves build on them.

    If you go to the FREEZES sub-forum, you will be able to read up more on this part of the dance.



    If you want to know more about the history and background of bboying. Then in the "Read Here Before Posting" threads in each move section there is a breif history on the moves.
    For more detail, go to the history/knowledge sections at:
    www.mrwiggles.biz
    and
    www.spartanic.ch


    Again, welcome to the boards.

    Read as much as you can about the dance on those 2 sites and then if you still want more, you can search further from there.

    Check for threads that apply before you post to ask a question, and most of all, be nice.

    One Love.

    The Mod Squad.
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    STIFF_UK Jesus Loves You

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    There was an intro thread posted by some other long-time users of this site, I'm linking to it here for anyone who is curious about it.
    It's kinda confusing but there is some useful info in there.

    If your question is not covered in this thread, check this link.

    Finally if your question isn't answered there, post a new thread to ask.

    SOVIET and DMD's Newbie Guide.
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