Spinning really fast on one hand isn’t just a way to kill time anymore.
From the streets of New York to the biggest stage in sports, breaking (also known as breakdancing) has officially become one of the medal events for the Summer Olympics. Heart and soul is returning to the global stage.
The iconic art form will be debuting during the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and will run from Friday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 10.
The Games will have two gold medals at stake – one for men, or b-boys, and one for women, or b-girls. Judged on fundamentals, originality and musicality, there will be 16 men and 16 women battling one-on-one to determine who will take home the gold for the first time in history.
With its first time debuting as a sport on a global scale, breaking is about to become even more of a national phenomenon.
Let’s take a deeper look into the sport’s history and what we can expect for the 2024 Games:
What is breaking?
Breaking, commonly referred to as breakdancing, and also referred to as b-boying/b-girling, is an athletic style of street dance. It originates from the African American and Puerto Rican communities in the United States.
Breaking is versatile and pretty ambiguous in its essence, but the dance usually comes down to four main movements: toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes.
The dance sport usually coincides with songs featuring drum breaks, especially in genres like hip-hop, funk and soul.
The cultural and…