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How Latinx Culture Contributed to Breakdancing

Breakdancing, or as its pioneers call it “b-boying,” was a cultural phenomenon that grew out of the Bronx area of New York City in the late 1970s. Credit is easily given to the legendary Rock Steady Crew, who as a group, helped elevate hip hop to its current state of glory through Hollywood, mainstream media, and pop culture.

Like every other movement in this world, hip hop results from a combination of pre-existing tunes including Afro-American, Caribbean, and Latinx music – particularly Puerto Rican and Cuban, according to writer and scholar Joseph Schloss.   The dancing element of hip hop also claims Latinx roots with influences from capoeira, a type of Afro-Brazilian martial art, along with tap dancing, kong fu, and gymnastics. Even notable members of the Rock Steady Crew carried Latinx pride; there was Anthony “Q-Unique” Quiles, Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón, and Robert “Bobbito” Garcia.

Together with the dancing, rapping, DJ/MC-ing, and the graffiti, all that has formed hip hop into what it is now defines a culture like no other that tightens the bonds of minority communities while celebrating individual identity.  It is almost inevitable in all parts of the world, having spread quickly to the streets of Los Angeles, train stations in Rome, Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, and even the hip hop microcosms of São Paolo, Brazil.

You can check out more information on the history of breakdancing in the Vox video below.

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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