How to Do a Burn during a B-Boy Dance Battle

Learn how to do b-boy burns while battling 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.

So now when you are battling, it’s a different world. All these moves and all these things we are going to be doing is different. You want to freestyle, but you also want know how to burn the person, so you want to smoke them. Smoking them is beating them, obviously, there is no chance. So you do that by throwing burns. Burns are all imaginary, we are exaggerating everything, we are being creative. So a burn will be something like, I grab you, shake you, throw you on the floor and then stomp and mush you on the floor. And then give yourself back, you are all messed up. This is all imaginary, so iI’m not telling you to do it. Pull a knife, cut the person, put the knife back down. It could be something pretty funny, pretend to pull your pants down, or whatever it is and then laugh back (ha ha ha), or whatever it is. Burns can be even more complex with more hard moves, say you take off your shirt while doing a head spin, or you are doing a whole round with just one hand. And you just move and do everything you can with just one hand. It’s like telling the person dancing against you that its so easy that I can do it using one hand — that’s a burn. This is just a way to antagonize your opponent, like boxing or taunting. So that’s a burn. Work on it, be creative, don’t take other people’s burns. Make up your own, there is a lot of stuff you could do. Be creative.