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History of


Breaking is an urban dance style that originated in the Bronx borough of New York in the 1970s. 

Breaking the Mould

Breaking, also known as break dancing, is a form of street dance. The earliest proponents of breaking were Black and Puerto Rican youths who formed crews who would compete in dance battles on the streets. Breaking athletes are referred to as “b-boys”, “b-girls'' or “breakers”, the “b” standing for break, since athletes put down dance moves during instrumental breaks in a song.

Becoming a Sport 

Since its start on the streets, breaking has developed and gained a global following as an art form, intertwining elements of music, dance and athleticism. Within the Olympic movement, breaking is a discipline of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) that was founded in 1957. The first WDSF World DanceSport Games were held in 2013 in Chinese Taipei.