break dancing


Definition of break dancing

: dancing in which solo dancers perform acrobatics that involve touching various parts of the body (such as the back or head) to the ground

Other Words from break dancing

break-dance \ ˈbrāk-​ˌdan(t)s How to pronounce break dancing (audio) \ verb
break-dancer \ ˈbrāk-​ˌdan(t)-​sər How to pronounce break dancing (audio) \ noun

Examples of break dancing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone familiar with hip-hop history knows that hip-hop, and break dancing, started as an outlet and alternative to violence. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2022 Math tells me that combining these sports into one new international discipline — Sumo break dancing — would be the most diabolical test of athleticism in the history of mankind, but that’s a column idea for another day. Joseph Goodman |, al, 11 July 2022 Two, break dancing: Friday and Saturday, Sloss Furnaces. Joseph Goodman |, al, 6 July 2022 Is there anything more athletic than break dancing? Joseph Goodman |, al, 6 July 2022 The historic Alabama landmark will host multiple sports during The World Games, including beach handball, break dancing, and parkour gymnastics. al, 20 June 2022 The band members mix break dancing with Hopak, a Ukrainian folk dance, in an energetic performance punctuated by Psiuk’s rap interludes. Colleen Barry, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 The focus of the museum is to highlight the five pillars of hip-hop: DJing, emceeing, break dancing, graffiti, and knowledge. Amalia Nuñez, CBS News, 25 Mar. 2022 As a young man, Seoul fell in love with the dynamism of break dancing, and learned the craft with friends and mentors in Grand Rapids, eventually becoming owner of a local studio. Robert Scheer, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of break dancing

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for break dancing

break entry 2 (solo passage) or break beat

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The first known use of break dancing was in 1982

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26 Sep 2022

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“Break dancing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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