How To Breakdance - Getting Started

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Breakdance Tips for Beginners

Getting started as a breakdancer can be scary. Unless you're incredibly athletic and gifted, you'll find it challenging at first.

If you're just getting started or returning the game of breakdance after a long break, there are several things to keep in mind.

A word before we move on: I urge you to read these tips and recommendations carefully before you begin. Do not take these suggestions as a complete reference. Refer to other sources in addition to this for complete information on breakdancing.

Safety Tips:

  1. Warm up before you begin. Perform stretch exercises before and after breakdancing to increase flexibility and reduce risk of injuries.
  2. Instructions are only here to guide you. Develop your own style after learning individual moves.
  3. Incorporate other forms of dance where appropriate.
  4. When possible, practice on a large smooth floor. Crash pads, cushioned surfaces, and wrestling mats are good for practice as well.
  5. Practice with other breakdancers.

General Tips:

  1. Music: Breakdancing is a form of hip-hop dance, so the recommended style of music to accompany your breaking practice is generally hip-hop. There are also some good uptempo jazz tunes that work just as well. (Check out some great dance songs.)

  1. Watch Other Breakers: Go to clubs and parties and check out some b-boy battles.

  2. Record Yourself: Have a friend record you with a camcorder or take pictures of your moves.

  3. Use Mirrors: In the absence of a dance partner, practice in front of a large mirror.

You'll Need:

  • helmet
  • gloves
  • knee pads
  • elbow pads
  • Headband
  • wrist band
  • Sneakers

Now that you're all set, let's get you started on some breakdance moves.

The first thing you should learn is the Top Rock.