Spinning very fast with one hand is no longer just a way to kill time.
From the streets of New York to the biggest sporting stage, break (also known as breakdancing) has officially become one of the medal events of the Summer Olympics. Heart and Soul is returning to the global stage.
The iconic art form will debut during the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and will run from Friday, August 9 through Saturday, August 10.
The Games will have two gold medals up for grabs: one for men or b-boys and one for women or b-girls. Judging by the fundamentals, originality and musicianship, there will be 16 men and 16 women who will battle it out one on one to determine who will take home gold for the first time in history.
Debuting as a sport on a global scale for the first time, breaking is poised to become an even more national phenomenon.
Let’s take a deeper look at the history of the sport and what we can expect for the 2024 Games:
What is breaking?
Breaking, commonly known as breakdancing, and also known 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 quite ambiguous in its essence, but the dance generally boils down to four main moves: toprock, downrock, powermoves, and freezes.
The sport of dance often coincides with songs that include drum breaks, especially in genres like hip-hop, funk, and soul.
The cultural and athletic phenomenon elevates competitors using an arsenal of sports and swag to see who has the best moves.
In competitive settings, two individuals will fight against one another on a stage or dance floor, almost as if they were wrestling or boxing.
What is the proper terminology: breakdancing or breakdancing?
First of all, it should be very clear that rip is the proper name used to describe the sport, not break dance. Although some argue that it is the same, the surfing community prefers the true name of the sport.
Another important note is that athletes in the break community do not like to be called breakdancers. Instead, they are called b-girls and b-boys, short for break-boys and break-girls.
“As b-boys and b-girls all over the world, we all know that our terminology is not breakdancing, but breakdancing, and the people who do it are b-boys and b-girls,” said Rox Rite, a b-boy. professional from Windsor, California.
“Spread the word. We have to use this time to share the right story, that way we’re not on the wrong side of the story.”
Breakthrough history: Where did the sport start?
The newest in summer Olympic sports began its journey in the heart of the South Bronx. That’s right, the US gave birth to the breakout and is proud to say so.
Some of the early pioneers of the art-sport mix included Trixie (Lauree Myers), RIP Wallace D, Dancing Doug (Douglas Colon), A1 Bboy Sasa, DJ Clark Kent (Tyrone Smith), The Zulu Kings and Cholly Rock (Anthony G Horne), Darlene Rivers, The Legendary Smith Twins and more.
The original hip-hop dance represented street culture in the 1970s, and today, this dance culture has grown into a sport that performs on the world’s biggest stages. It is growth in its simplest form.
And yet, those who compete on the biggest stages still return to their local spots to tear up the dance floor, because that’s what it’s all about.
“This is our chance to really come together as a community and guide it so that future generations will benefit,” Rite said.
After all, the break was created with the intention of having fun and using hip-hop as a tool to improve people’s lives.
When was the break officially approved for the sports program of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games?
The IOC announced the official inclusion of the sport on December 7, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Why did the IOC introduce the break in the 2024 Games?
It’s simple: the Games are looking for a younger crowd and dancing is the perfect way to do it.
But even more so, this new dance sport opens up a plethora of opportunities for those who are highly skilled, but haven’t been seen due to the stigma that breaking is not a sport. Now b-boys and b-girls can strut their stuff for all the world to see.
What does the surf community think about being included in the Games?
Omar Delgado Macias, better known as Rox Rite, is a b-boy from California, who is very excited about Breaking’s inclusion in the 2024 Olympics.
Rite calls it “big news” for the global breaking community, and something most b-boys and b-girls never thought they’d see in their lifetime.
Putting breaking on the world Olympic stage will create ample opportunities to show the sport in a new light.
“It’s not an absolute end, it’s all, but it’s a new platform to reach out to people and share what we’ve been doing with the world for the last 40 years,” Rite said in a personal statement. Youtube video describing the addition of the new sport to the Paris 2024 Olympic programme.
The 40-year-old dancer has won 100 titles, including the UK B-Boy, R16, Red Bull BC One and Freestyle Session Championships.
Why is the breakup so controversial?
Despite the IOC endorsement of breaking, people are still convinced that breaking is not a sport.
“It’s kind of a mockery of what the Olympic Games are,” said Australian squash player Michelle Martin. In an interview with the GuardianMartin describes his frustration over years of pushing for the pumpkin to be included.
It is important to note that many sports have an artistic aspect woven into the competition. Think gymnastics, synchronized swimming, dressage and figure skating – all of these sports incorporate athletics and art, often alongside music, to showcase some of the best creativity the world has to offer.
That’s what breaking is for.
However, “with the [IOC] announcement, in many of the new media outlets that carried the news of breaking becoming an Olympic sport, there were many ignorant comments about a craft that has truly stood the test of society’s pop culture demands.” Rite said.
Rite shared his frustrations with Americans who call themselves “hip-hop heads,” saying that rip is the original hip-hop dance that represents the street culture of this nation.
“This dance was created in the Bronx, New York, here in the United States, and on most of the pages I looked at, there were a lot of Americans or hip-hop heads talking about breaking,” Rite added.
The verdict? Breaking up is absolutely a sport, but what’s more An art. It is the perfect cocktail of culture.
Breaking is an expression of dance, music, fashion, and movement, and yet it is presented in a sporting event-like setting. Both worlds, sport and art, must coexist for sport to be performed at its true caliber.
And whether you think of it as a sport or a dance, modern breakdancing is a multibillion-dollar business with approximately 30 million practitioners, huge sponsors, and huge venues seeking top-tier talent.
It’s safe to say the stakes are high.
What is the most challenging part of the breakout debut at the 2024 Olympics for B-boys and B-girls?
The b-boy Rite, winner of 100 titles, explains that the most challenging part of all this is not within the breaking community itself, but rather the external factors that come with the inclusion of the sport on such a global scale. .
For example, people who claim that breaking up is a dance instead of a sport.
“Our next step is that we go and educate the world because they are not necessarily against us, but it is our job as practitioners and people who have been there in this lifestyle to continue to encourage and educate the world in this dance through this platform. Rite added.
Another fear of many b-boys and b-girls is the risk of losing the cultural aspect of break. Original lovers of underground hip-hop are concerned with the art and culture of the hobby. being appropriate once the sport reaches the world Olympic stages.
Who should we keep in mind at the Paris 2024 Games?
South Korea’s top dance crew, the Jinjo Crew, seem confident of taking home their country’s first breakout medal.
“I would say we have a 50-50 chance of bringing home gold,” the Jinjo Crew founder and CEO said. Kim Heon Jun in an interview with Arirang News. “Those are great odds.”
According to BBOYRANKINGZJinjo Crew is ranked No. 3 in the world in the top five groups by breaking 3450 points.
The Republic of Korea is ranked No. 2 in the world among the top five countries to break with 3134 points.
The world’s No. 1 rank is currently the United States with 3,217 points, while Japan ranks No. 3 with 2,982 points. Canada claims the world number 4 spot with 2977 points and the Russian Federation ranks number 5 with 2966 points.