Breakdancing is still wowing crowds and attracting young dancers to show off their moves. On Saturday, one of the biggest competitions of the year will take place at the NYU Skirball Center. It's called "The McDonlads B-Boy Royale" and the event benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
A new generation of breakdancers is showing off its own unique style, but still keeping that original competitive vibe from the early days of breaking.
“We continuously evolve, just like any other dance and keep up with the times,” said breakdancer Franklin "B-Boy Gin" Chen.
“Breakdancing is basically, you get to express yourself. And there are basic things where you learn the dance itself but the idea is you have to be very creative,” said Jason "B-Boy Chem" Ng.
It's called breakdancing because when this dance was born on the streets of NYC back in the 1970's it was done during the breaks, or the instrumental part of the song. But to try to learn even the most basic move from some of the city's top dancers, it starts to feel more like "break" as in "break your leg."
Breaking is still associated with its global explosion in the 80's and the early pioneers who were mostly Black and Latino. But these young dancers says unlike the originators, they're able to watch and learn all the new moves from all over the world on the Internet.
“For me, I started because right when YouTube came out and the first B-Boys I saw were Korean B-Boys and Asian B-Boys and so I think at that time, you know, I was in high school and I feel like everyone in high school wants to do something cool and as soon I saw them I was like, ‘Hey I want to start this. This is really cool,’” said Tiangi "B-Boy Jumanji" Fan.
Stephanie Simon: And since Chem, Jumanji and Gin have cool B-Boy names, I figured I should get a my own B-Girl name too.
B-Boy Chem: You picked up everything really quick and you did that move so maybe Scorch or Lava.
Simon: Now breakdancing obviously having a revival. Another move I remember from the 80's, do you think the pop and lock could come back?
B-Boy Chem: Actually it's still around.
You can see some of the region's top dancers Saturday at McDonald's B-Boy Royale at the NYU Skirball Center.