Breakdance, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling, is an athletic style of street dance from the United States. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, breakdancing mainly consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. A style of acrobatic dancing originating in the mid-1970s, often performed to rap music usually by teenage males in the streets, and characterized by intricate footwork, pantomime, spinning headstands, tumbling, and elaborate improvised virtuosic movements. Generally speaking, B-Boys and B-Girls do a lot more acrobatics because the main part of breaking (the original name of breakdance) is on the floor, while hip-hop dancers are mostly on top. However, nowadays hip-hop dancers are doing a lot of moves on the floor that can't easily be distinguished from breaking material. Breakdancing was created by the African American and Puerto Rican youth in the early 1970s. The groups included Zulu Kings, Star Child La Rock, Salsoul and Crazy Commandos. By the late seventies, the dance had begun to spread to other communities and was gaining wider popularity; at the same time, the dance had peaked in popularity among African Americans and Puerto Ricans.
A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, breakdancer, or breaker. Although the term "breakdance" is frequently used to refer to the dance in popular culture and in the mainstream entertainment industry, "b-boying" and "breaking" were the original terms and are preferred by the majority of the pioneers and most notable practitioners. Many elements of breakdancing can be seen in other antecedent cultures prior to the 1970s. In the 1877 book 'Rob Roy on the Baltic' John MacGregor describes seeing near Norrköping a '...young man quite alone, who was practising over and over the most inexplicable leap in the air, he swung himself up, and then round on his hand for a point, when his upper leg described a great circle...'. This came to be known as breakdance. The engraving shows a young man apparently breakdancing. The dance was called the Giesse Harad Polska or 'salmon district dance'. In 1894 Thomas Edison filmed Walter Wilkins, Denny Toliver and Joe Rastus dancing and performing a "breakdown". Then in 1898, he filmed a young street dancer performing acrobatic headspins, again a similar representation of Breakdance. However, it was not until the 1970s that breakdancing developed as a defined dance style in the United States. There is also evidence of this style of dancing in Kaduna, Nigeria in 1959. There are four primary elements that form breakdance. They are toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. Muscle is correlated with long term health regulating your metabolism and hormone balance. You can achieve those health benefits through breakdancing. If you already do a workout, it will be complementary to your training. Breakdance gives you not only joy and excitement but also the buildup in your muscles.