At its peak in the 80’s Breakin reached such a level that it become a worldwide phenomenon. Deeply integrated in 80s pop culture, Breakin was a dance style kids from all walks of life wanted to be a part of. From every school to every mall to every sidewalk, you could see kids with their cardboard floors attempting to do a windmill.
“BREAKDANCING” IN THE 1980S
We had movies like Flashdance, Beat Street and Breakin 1 + 2. Commercials, tons of commercials, learn how to breakdance kits equipped with their very own dance floor, and of course, music videos.
Rock Steady Crew was the most popular crew around and their popularity expanded outside the dance floor and into the music studio. In 1984, Rock Steady Crew released “Ready for Battle” and with it came 2 singles: Hey You The Rock Steady Crew & UpRock. The songs are now legendary.
HEY YOU THE ROCK STEADY CREW
Shout outs to Legs, Kenny, Doze and Baby Love. R.I.P Buck4 & Kuriaki
New York City Breakers was another crew with crazy fame. Like RSC, NYC Breakers toured the world displaying the artform.
One of our favorite music video featuring NYCBreakers is:
GLADYS KNIGHT: SAVE THE OVER TIME FOR ME
How popular were NYCBreakers?
Popular enough to dance for the president of the United States.
NYC BREAKERS DANCING FOR RONALD REGAN
Other dope music videos from the 80’s featuring Bboys/Bgirls are:
MALCOLM MCLAREN: BUFFALO GALS
FREEEZ: I.O.U (FEATURING POPPERS)
Our favorite videos featuring bboys, bgirls and poppers is by none other than The Godfather himself Afrika Bambattaa & The Soul Sonic Force.
AFRIKA BAMBATTAA & SOUL SONIC FORCE: RENEGADES OF FUNK
To learn more about our history, we encourage you to check out:
THE FRESHEST KIDS: THE HISTORY OF THE BBOY
REMEMBER THIS GUY?
He sold the #1 breakdance kit around.