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BREAKDANCE Toprock 13 Kick Ball Change

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General Informations

BREAKDANCE belongs to the dance style Hip-Hop

All dance activities are started with Toprock Steps (introduction). TOPROCK is a breakdance term that describe dance steps performed while standing up. In a b-boy circle the dancers also use these steps to create some space and visibility.

Breakdance is a dance style that was originally danced on the streets. It emerged in the New Yorker boroughs Manhattan and the South Bronx in the early 1970s as part of the hip-hop movement. Breakdance is danced to pop, funk or hip hop and combines acrobatic movements (that often require athletic skills) and fast sequences of steps. Equally important is the style and the originality of the set (sequence of steps).

Helpful prerequisites:

  • Experience with movement and music
  • Examples from the category: „Short Dances“

Tips for implementation: 

  • Different forms of organisations add variety and take some pressure off the teacher as the "presenter".
  • Play some music during the practice phase (motivation). The sound volume can be varied.

Further steps:

  • Putting together 2-3 movements can already result in a small combination suitable for a class
  • Students can show their own moves related to the theme that they either already know or have created or arranged within their groups.

Tips relating to the music: further information can be found under the heading „Tips & methods“ > Music

  • For this example, several different music pieces are suitable. A clear rhythm with between 75 - 110 beats per minute (BPM) is helpful. 
  • Good, motivating music is very important. Use songs that are currently popular every now and then. Bring faster and slower music to the lesson. These add variety and motivation to lessons.