What Is B-Boying?

Learn what b-boying is 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.

What is B-Boying? B-Boying to me is a lifestyle it’s…it’s everything to me. I mean it’s how I live, how I sleep, how I eat you know. I mean there’s so much to it. What B-Boying is…is something that came from the ‘hood, from the ghetto, when people had nothing. You know, and they did something with nothing, basically, you know, they just heard music, and they created something, created something that changed the world or basically influenced everybody. There’s dancers all over the world. I mean, basically B-Boying to me is just a way of expressing yourself when you have nothing, it’s the best way of expressing myself. And B-Boying is who I am, there’s no format to it, you could add anything you want with this dance. That’s the only dance that I know of that has no limits and no boundaries. B-Boying has made so many movements and so many strides to where it is right now, the dancers. It’s incredible. A lot of the old pioneers that I talked to, ’cause I talked to a lot of them, they just, they never knew dance would be as big as it is now and they never knew that we’d be doing the moves that we do now, you know like, people are…are defying gravity now, you know, and their just…they’re just making it happen, they were making anything happen, with just their bodies, you know. It’s not like we have special equipment to make us super strong. This is what we do, we do it with our own strength, you know, and you never thought humans would be able to do this, you know. And that’s what B-Boying is, you know, breaking boundaries, breaking rules, you know, and it’s just incredible where it is right now. It’s underground community, its around the world, it touches everybody, everybody’s united. We all battle each other, we go crazy, and it looks like were about to fight, but when the battle’s over, the bestest of friends, straight up. You know like, we’re like, ""Yo that battle was crazy man. You did your thing. Me too, man, I had a great time."" You guys show each other respect just because of the love we all know we all have ’cause we all know it, you know. You could feel it, you could sense it when somebody dances. You’re like, "Damn did you see that? Did you see that?" You know and it’s because that person loved what he did, and he put so much energy into it, and that’s what breaking is.