Rock Steady Crew (Mr. Wiggles, Crazy Legs, Ken
or breakdancing started in the late 1960’s, early 70’s.
DJ Kool Herc took a James Brown song called the ‘Good Foot’
and looped it on the ‘break’ beat so that dancers could
have a continuos rhythm to dance to. The ‘good foot’
was the first freestyle dance that incorporated moves involving
drops and spins. As D.J.s invented new ways to stretch the break
beats in the records, dancers had more time to invent and experiment.
Soon moves like dropping down to the ground and poppin up again
on beat became standard. DJ Kool Herc coined the term b-boy around
the mid seventies to describe the people that danced this new style.
In the middle of his sets he would get on the mic and yell “B-boys
go down!” to signal the crown to clear the way for the breakers.
People still aren’t sure what Herc meant, but the term b-boy
is still used today and most people think it means ‘break
boy.’ In Brooklyn a new step inspired by these drops was being
developed and called ‘Brooklyn Rock’ also known as ‘Uprocking’.
Once the first early break moves had been established, a definite
style began to develop.
moves: a headspin above / a freeze below (a stall in the midle
of a move)