What’s Wrong With Our Community? Your Opinion.

We want to try something different. We want to read what YOU have to say. It’s easy for us to sit here and write about how we feel but instead we want to hear what you have to say, what you see with your own eyes, weekend after weekend at jam after jam. What needs to change and how should we change them? Point out a problem but it would be great if you could also include what would be the solution.

We will choose the best opinions and highlight them in a future blog.

Can’t wait to hear what you all have to say!

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10 Responses

  1. Jin says:

    nothing, nothing is wrong with it. It could be better, but that mean it has something wrong with it.

  2. Guest says:

    Everyone feels some type of way about their home scene but it’s hard to pin point an issue in particular. I’d say it’s important for dancers to start taking everything with a grain of salt, let dancers dance, let people individualize and find themselves within the culture. Everyone has different opinions, develop your own.

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  4. Flo82 says:

    -The kids are too focused on competitions!
    -What is it with some European jams playing more techno than breaks or hiphop?
    -The old arguments about judging systems when decisions are all down to personal opinions.

    The scene as a whole is great though.

  5. Sheng Tan says:

    i find two things that needs to be fixed with my community: complacency and lacking the essence of dancing.
    Regarding complacency, I find that many bboys and bgirls are often stuck in their niche. One good example is practicing trending moves, like airchairs and tapmills or anything locally trending. There is nothing wrong with learning a new move, but I’ve noticed that what a community follow a trend, everyone starts looking the same. As the audience (judge and non-judge), the lack of individualism makes battles/cyphers/sessioning boring and demotivational. Breakers then tend to be stuck with the same trending moves and never explore beyond their local backyard. Thus, they become complacent and do not push themselves to pursue a higher understanding of the dance and culture.
    That is not the point of bboying; this is a dance that’s about self-discovery, inspirations, evolution, and fun and excitement.
    Complacency through trending moves leads to another problem with my community: the lack of style and flavor. I’ve seen way too many bboys who are not dancing, but just routinely repeating their combinations; this makes them look mechanical and choreography like, not connecting with the music and the atmosphere at all. Again, this dissipates the exciting vibes of jams and session to boring, dull events. In essence, bboys should practice moves for not just moves, but also self-discovery of their own style or their own approach to dancing. I feel that when community leaders host workshops, this problem needs to be emphasized and addressed. We should not just be teaching moves, but also guiding new bloods into discovering their own styles and individuals attitudes toward their breaking.
    I personally feel that there is more to breaking than just “let’s do move combination ABC to the music and see if anybody claps or cheers for me”; it is a dialogue and debate of different personal expressions of dance. Because of the lack of individualism and exploration of individualism, much of this dialogue and debate in cyphers and battles, respectively, have been lost.
    I know that this problem can solved through the guidance of experienced bboys and breakers who understand the philosophy of their craft, especially during workshops, classes or just a general chat/discussion.

  6. Heavyduty25 says:

    Same shit, different day. Being in the scene for over 15 years, I see 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, seven 2 smoke, footwork battle, Power battle, etc at competitive events. We need to be more creative when coming up w/ competitive formats. The more interesting the format is, the more opportunity opens up, the more bboys/bgirls gravitate toward it, the more the scene grows.

  7. Brandon P says:

    Why not look at the positives! There’s always negatives, but we should appreciate the positives as well!

  8. Anthony Lee says:

    Respect to all the older cats of the scene and the ones who created our dance but what I believe is the issue is when y’all say “learn the foundation first.” What that does is immediately inhibits new dancers to come up with new, non generic already done moves. If you told a person who has no idea what bboying is and told him/her to dance and interpret it his /herway from toprock, ground work/floor work, power, transitions and whatever he or she thinks is bboying, he/she would right away most likely be creating brand new moves because he/she is not limited to what is standard or “foundation”. His foundation would become his on unique style based on how his body moved. I believe that if someone approaches you and asks if you could teach me or what are you doing? We should immediately tell them go wild and do what they interpret is the dance . Then AFTER teach them the already set “foundation”. You could say well people have created new moves after learning the foundation, yes. But MOST of all these new school moves is evolved from old school foudation. That is why originality is lost now and people complain about biting when really EVERYONE is a biter the moment you learn any foundation because it’s generic.

  9. Justin "JRhee" Rhee says:

    Bgirls and children get coddled way too much in our community. It’s fine to encourage people, but constructive criticism can go a long way. We should put bgirls and children on the same standard as bboys. Yes, there will be some things that will be more difficult for males vs females and children vs adults, but in terms of foundation, everyone should be held to the same standard. A lot of the reason why the USA (compared to Asian & European) scenes face a stagnant growth in bgirls and youth in the competitive stage is that we don’t create a competitive atmosphere for them. How can we expect people to grow if we just praise them without giving them actual advice and evaluations?

    • Heavyduty25 says:

      I disagree to a certain point. I feel there is no “Same Standard”. You either have not hit your prime, at your prime, or passed your prime. This was proven a few years ago when Crumbs battle Hong 10. Yes Crumbs “Still Got It”, however he is way passed his prime and Hong 10 clearly reminded him at Evo.

      We do tend to give credit to kids and females more then expected, but this is a male dominate dance and that is expected. If a Dude was expose to a female dominate activity, idk….like pole dancin, I’m sure chicks would be giving he props even if he was garbage at it. Your thoughts?

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