break dancing

or break·danc·ing

noun
  1. 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.

Origin of break dancing

the sense of break is unclear; cf. breakdown
Also called break, breaking.
Related formsbreak dancer, noun
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Word Origin and History for break dancing
n.

1982, but the style itself evolved late 1970s in South Bronx. The reference is to the rhythmic break in a pop-dance song (see break (n.)), which the DJs isolated and the dancers performed to. Breakdown "a riotous dance, in the style of the negroes" is recorded from 1864.

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