Breaking Up While Breakdancing

Stephen Moss tries breakdancing, and discovers it’s not for amateurs. “Jerome said my breakdancing debut was “cool”, which I suspected had some derogatory street connotation. He and then showed me how it was really done – two breakdancers taking each other on in a contest that is part dance, part boxing match, but with no deliberate contact allowed. It is fast, furious and highly ritualised – every movement has some meaning, usually insulting to your rival (grabbing hold of your crotch features at regular intervals). It is also beautiful in its fluidity. Bboys claim breakdancing is an art form – as legitimate as any other dance form, with its own narrative – and you see their point.”