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Created in the Bronx NY during the early 70s, this style originally stemmed from Rocking, which was a very different style than how we see it today. The early stages of Hip-Hop culture through the DJ, also played a big part in the creation of the b-boy. The Godfather of Hip-Hop, DJ Kool Herc was famous for taking two of the same records and extending the break (playing the section that only featured the drums/percussions and go back & forth between the two records to loop the drum section), since the dancers would get down to the break, Kool Herc refered to them as B-Boys (break boys), since they would get down primarily to the Breaks. In B-boying’s early stages, it was only Rocking that was done. Later on, people eventually took it to the floor, creating footwork and later on incorporated various spins. Also in the 80s, more gymnastic like movements were incorporated. Influencial B-Boys during it’s early stages include The Twins, Spy, Trac 2, Rock Steady Crew, NYC Breakers. Now B-Boying is just on a whole other level where the moves are even more dynamic than ever.
Hands down Mr Wiggles forum has the best history timeline for Bboying.
Freshest Kids documentary is also great for learning about the history of b-boying.