Breaking began as a mode of self-expression; it was a part of a larger culture that reflected the social, economic, and political conditions of the youth at that time. Now, decades later, as the style and moves of breaking have changed, so have some of its traditions.

Breaking, aka breakdancing or B-boying, was created in the Bronx in New York City during 1970s and flourished in popular culture in the 80s. This Vox video by Gina Barton and Camila Cibils‏ chronicles that rise, the dance elements that go into breaking, and the traditions that were at the core of its original form: How the Bronx brought breaking to the world.

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