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What Is a B-Boy Cipher?

Learn what a b-boy cipher 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.

Now, I know this whole time, you've been hearing me say the word cipher, and been wondering, "What is a cipher, what is he talking about?" I'm going to explain it to you right now! A cipher is basically a circle, where all the B-Boys are in, alright? This is where we all dance. We create a circle, and one by one, we take turns dancing within the cipher. The cipher is where we get down, basically. I mean, that's the key word, cipher is like "Yo, let's go cipher." So we can say "Let's go cipher," meaning, "Let's go into the circle and do our thing." With one word, we just said that. "Let's go cipher." You know, that's what we do. That's what we call a cipher. So, a cipher is where everybody, not just our crew. I mean, you could have your own cipher within your crew, but you can't have a cipher with just two people, because that's not a circle. You need at least five people, or maybe four. You could probably do it with four. But, yeah. So cipher is where we get down, get busy, and, you know, we exchange how we feel according to the music at that moment and given time.

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