How to Do Bboy Swipes

Learn how to do bboy swipes in this Howcast breakdancing tutorial with choreographer Victor "Kid Glyde" Alicea.

Whassup, everybody. My name is Kid Glyde. I’m the leader of the Dynamic Rockers, pretty famous B-Boy. I travel around the world, I organize events. I’ve been dancing for 15 years. So I think I’m pretty credible to teach you. Be positive, be strong, let’s do it.

Swipes! Man, this move I love so much — me and this move go way back. This was like the first power move I learned; it was the first power move I learned. But anyways, swipes. Basic position, right here. Ok? It looks funny, but like I said, exaggerate. You have to exaggerate. Alright, your legs opened up, knees bent. I’m in a based where I can’t really move, right; my left hand is down. Once again it’s not on my palm, it’s on my fingertips, okay? Bam. My waist is up, my hand is up. Now, what we are going to work on first is just jumping up, alright? That’s all you got to do — keep doing it. Trust me; you are going to need this. Jump. Jump even higher. Jump even higher, hold it. There you go.
Now once you get that you want to try something a little bit more daring. As soon as you jump you are going to let go with your left hand and jump to your right, bam. Both hands are on the floor, alright? As soon as you have both your hands on the floor you can kind of briefly hold yourself-real quick, and the go over your back hand and then turn to get back into that same position that you just saw me in, alright? So you’re going to jump and turn, alright?
So let’s just work on the jump and turn. Okay, so jump, turn, alright? Once you get that you are going to turn all the way, alright? So jump, turn, freeze, okay? That’s a swipe. You might not get it the first time, but I know everybody tends to do this first: turn then jump, because it’s easy. Watch how easy this looks. Looks easy right? This doesn’t look easy, but it looks way, way cooler, alright? So, to get a perfect swipe, you have to jump first. It’s like a brief second when you jump and then turn, but jump — you need the height. So, practice the jump over and over and over again. It’s a fear-based move, but once you get it, trust me, you won’t be scared anymore, okay? So you are going to jump, turn, jump, turn and that’s swipes. Don’t be scared. Get it, it’s worth it.