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

Examples of break dancing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though nobody was buying that Elliott, known for his roles as a renegade and cowboy, actually performed his moves, the break dancing challenge still seemed to wow, according to Google Trends. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "A star is reborn: Baby Nut and other Super Bowl commercials that stole the night," 3 Feb. 2020 Music from nearby break dancing groups can drown out conversation, and the occasional passer-by relieving himself in a potted plant can prove, er, distracting. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, "They Keep Times Square in Order, and a Statue Front and Center," 29 Nov. 2019 Things here have changed considerably, a point Chernyshev can illustrate today just by pointing across the room to his 18-year-old son, also named Sergey, who break dances under the moniker Bumblebee. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "A Russian B-Boy Dreams of Gold," 19 Aug. 2019 An explosive bout of break dancing brings to life the eruption of a Peruvian volcano. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "An 18th-Century Opera, Supercharged for Our Time," 14 Oct. 2019 Many in the break dance community, Bumblebee included, therefore held their breath as the Youth Games competition began last year in Buenos Aires. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "A Russian B-Boy Dreams of Gold," 19 Aug. 2019 Right now, dance is the ticket, and genre-breaking dance in its own right. Mark Swed,, "Review: L.A. Phil’s newly promoted Bortolameolli casts a flamenco spell at the Bowl," 12 July 2019 Bring some cardboard and break dance in front of Doug’s Delight — that would be amazing. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Mabel Gray team revives classic Hazel Park ice-cream stand Doug's Delight," 9 Apr. 2018 There’s also the Coconut Grove Pumpkin Festival and a break dance convention at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, the Las Olas Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale and a teacher appreciation breakfast at Applebee’s throughout South Florida. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: Pumpkins, pirates and mermaids," 18 Oct. 2017

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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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Cite this Entry

“Break dancing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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break dancing


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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