break dancing

or break·danc·ing

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noun

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 forms

break dancer, noun
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