What Are the Elements of B-Boying?

Learn the elements of b-boying, aka breakdancing, in this Howcast dance video 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.

Alright so check it out, there’s elements with in this dance, can you believe that? There’s a bunch of elements you’ll need to know.
The first one is Toprock. Toprock is very important, that’s how you get into the circle or the cipher and represent who you are, this is like your first impression to everybody okay. Second is Footwork. Footwork is basically all the stuff on the ground that requires your hands on the floor and at the same time you move your doing patterns with your feet okay going around in circles, going side to side whatever the case may be your doing patterns and playing with the music. Freezes. Freezes are basically how you end your statement. This is how you finish usually. You can pause in the middle of your rounds doing freezes. Sometimes it’s a break or just a big boom, or you know maybe it could be like an exclamation mark. Whatever it is, a freeze is like when you stop in a weird position,or a difficult position, or just a simple position. A freeze is just stopping, you know. It’s self explanatory.
Power Moves. Power moves are the eye candy of the dance. They’re the big moves, they’re the spins they’re just the dynamics of it. You know, the crazy, crazy moves. These are the four traditional elements, okay. Later on, the dance evolved and other things were added, such as tricks, you know. There’s flow, well flow was always there. Flow is basically how you go in and out of your moves okay.It’s basically the consistency of patterns and how you flow from one thing to the next. Tricks, just like it sounds. It’s kind of like a power move, but it’s not. It’s like taking a freeze, then just doing something crazy with it or just doing something you didn’t expect. It usually happens like that (snaps fingers). Unexpected and very powerful, makes the crowd go crazy ’cause they’re like, ""What was that?"" You know, ’cause it was a trick, it happens like that.These are a few elements that are part of the dance. And you know also be yourself, like have your own character and style. That’s a very important element of the dance. It shows who you are, you know. Tt shows your creativity and originality, which is another important part. Originality and all these other elements go into each other.
So once again the four main elements: Top Rock, Footwork, Freezes and Power Moves. These are very important if you want to be a well rounded B-Boy you have to work on these elements amongst others but these are very important. Get ’em.