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

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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 James Van Doren tried to compete with companies like Nike and Adidas by expanding into different sports — running, basketball, wrestling and break dancing among them — only to bankrupt the company by 1984, Mr. Van Doren wrote. New York Times, 20 May 2021 But Diesel had also discussed his break dancing past with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan the year prior to that. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 6 May 2021 Arizona is great for jam skating, which is kind of like break dancing on skates. Michelle Ailport, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2021 In the meantime, real-life sports added in recent years with an eye toward attracting a younger audience include skateboarding, surfing and, debuting in 2024′s Paris Games, break dancing. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 There were rumors that former Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was break dancing in the press box during that game. Mike Preston,, 13 Apr. 2021 Now, kids and adults alike learn how to do headstands and windmills through organizations like 1520 Arts, which aims to pay respect to hip-hop’s roots and revive the popularity of break dancing. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Mar. 2021 Created by Black and Latino youths in the 1970s on NYC streets, break dancing has its own history in Utah — and is now an Olympic sport. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 These pictures reveal a city whose inhabitants engage in such near-universal adolescent pursuits as DJing, break dancing and pouting for the camera. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2020

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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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“Break dancing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of break dancing

: a type of dancing in which a dancer performs very athletic movements that involve touching the ground with various parts of the body (such as the head or back)


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