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ALL break dancing moves, and how to do some of them!
By hip_hop_dude
On Wed Sep 14, 2005 04:38 PM

Basic Moves (Easier)

These moves are to be considered easier to perform correctly then the power moves.

Toprock is a simple dance done standing up to initiate breakdancing. Its style is obvious to anyone watching, because it is incredibly unorthodox looking. Breakdancers take pride in having unique toprock that still stays within the definition of what toprock actually is.

Uprock is dancing with someone else, single or as a team, dancing alternatively or simultaneously, sort of like a fight but without contact and very rhythmic. Uprocking is often confused with toprock, but the two are completely different dances. Uprock is a soulful, competitive street dance. The dance consists of foot shuffles, spins, turns, freestyle movements, sudden body movements called "jerks", and hand gestures called "burns".

6-step resembles walking in a circle on the ground. Only one hand is touching the ground at a time. The 6-step is the building block for the rest of the dance, and is heavily 'teched' or modified to allow for variation and style. To start, get in the position like you would to do a push up, but with your feet spread apart. Lift your right hand, and move your left where that hand used to be. Move your right leg under the left. Then pull your left leg in. Swing your right leg in a wide arc around. Switch hands, so now your right hand is down, left hand up. Keep your right leg swinging around. Your right leg swings around and wraps around your left. You have your face down and both hands on the floor. Extend your left leg first, then your right leg. This is important to making it look right. Now you're in the starting position, continue with step 1. You will start most moves from the 6-step.

Moonwalk/Glides/Backslide: Many believe that the dance move made famous by Michael Jackson is called the moonwalk. In actuality, it is called the backslide. This is where a dancer slides backward while their legs appear to be walking forward. When a true moonwalk is performed, the dancer glides around on their feet in a similar way as a backslide, but travels in a circular, rather than linear, path. Start with your right foot on its toe. Toe's pointing right, so that your heel is up and is turned in. As you step down it will look like your heel is going to land on your left foot, at that time you slide your left foot out from under the heel of the right. As soon as your right foot's heel hits the floor, your left foot should be on its toes facing out to the left with the heel turned in. Now that your left foot is on its toe and your right is flat, the way to keep moving in the same general direction is that you have to slide your right foot on its heel. At the same time your left foot is dropping to the floor. While gliding your right foot's heel, you have to switch it to its toe as soon as it is in front of the left foot. At this time your right should be on it's toes in front of your left, which should be flat to the floor. Then you just start over. Your right goes from toe to heel while your left slides across the floor and back on to its toe.

The Worm: A move in which a dancer lies on the ground and forms a rippling motion through his body. This can be done if one of two ways, either forward or backwards, either shifting your weight from the upper body to the lower body (backwards) or vice-versa for forwards. Sophie Tucker is recognized as the creator of this move, which goes back to the 1920's. As this move is very old and very well known, even by those outside the breaking community, it is generally only performed when joking around and not in serious dance battles.

2 Step The two-step is done in many different ways. Start out in a push up position and do the first step in a six step, lift your right hand and put your left foot where your hand used to be. Instead of stopping her, turn yourself so you're in a crab soccer position, like in the third step of the six step. Now throw out your right leg and do a chain and ball, a helicopter, or a coffee grinder (depends where you from). Catch your left ankle in the air on you way around and twist and untwist it for style points. When you land you should be in the starting position. It helps if you're flexible when you do the chain and ball. This is very good for getting momentum for other moves.

3 Step Get into a crab position. Then, you move your left foot forwards. Put your left hand by your right and in a split second, pull your left foot back and move your right foot up. Your hands should carry some of your weight since you are leaning to your right. Sweep your right foot to your left (like you are doing a helicopter) but let your right foot carry, don't let it go through. You should end up moving 180 degrees to your left and have your left foot back at the same position.

Kip Up Common Wushu move. From lying down, stomach up, the breaker bends his knees, thrusts his legs into his chest, rolls back slightly, then kicks up. The force of the kick moves him up. If performed right, the breaker should land in a standing position. To train for this move, one should start by using the hands to give an added boost.

Knee Drop Kicking your left foot into the back your right knee so that your right leg bends. Fall forward, (do not fall to either side!). Instead of landing on your knee, land on the toes of your left foot.

Sideways Hand-Glide This is the same way to do a Side Freeze, but using the left hand to spin, and putting something like a glove or cloth under the right hand.

Side Freeze The breaker puts her right tricep flat against the right side of her body. She lets herself down on her side and onto her right hand. Using her left hand to helping herself flat onto her right hand. Bending her legs to help balance until she can straighten them. Then lifting her left hand up to her ear with her elbow in the air for style.

Back Spin The breaker sits on the floor with his left leg bent and his right leg back in a 90 degree angle. Supporting his body with his left hand. Bringing his right leg around in a wide circular motion, at the same time moving from a sitting position and rolling in to a ball with his balance on the top of his back. Pulling his legs in fast and keeping his body in a tight ball.

Crab/Spider Bring your arms between your legs so the back of your legs are above the knees and resting on your upper arms. Move your weight distribution from your hands to feet while swaying backwards and forwards with your arms. Wave your feet around like a crab while your weight is on your hands.

Kneespin A spin on the knees.

Freeze A freeze is when a b-girl stops and freeze her body in an awkward way, like doing a handstand in 3-5 seconds with her legs crossed in front of her. Many techniques are freezes and many moving techniques can be freezed.

Rubber Band Repeatedly Kip-ups but not the whole way up on the feet.

Dizzy Run Start doing as you would do on the six step (lock your right leg to the back of your left one), at the same time your right leg "hits" your left one. Then sort of collapse your left leg so your left knee hits the ground (softly). Only naturally on this point also your right knee hits the ground. Also here your right hand comes to the ground. Now you come off your knees and your right hand is on the ground, right leg pretty much straight and left leg bent. Now bring your right (straight) leg to your left (bent) leg. Now bring your left leg a little bit back. Then bring your right leg back and to the right so that you are in the push up position.

Buttspin A move where you spin on your butt. Sit on your butt with your legs in a 90 degrees angle. Like in a backspin, now kick your right leg over the left leg in a circular motion. Then you should start spinning. Lean your back backwards, not too much and spread your legs up so your upper body and your legs are in a 90 degree angle.

Headstand a freeze while standing on the head, with hands on the floor supporting the body.

Power Moves (More Difficult)

These break dancing moves often require incredible skills and flexibility to complete. It is quite common to link one or more of these power moves together for greater difficulty. Some of the major power moves are:

The Windmill is a move in which the dancer spins from his upper back to his chest while twirling his legs around his body in a V-shape. The twirling of the legs is akin to twirling a math compass around in your hands. It is this leg motion that gives the breaker the majority of his power. The leg position and motion is seen in several other power moves, which makes the windmill an essential power move to learn first. The basic windmill that is first learnt can either be "stabbed" or "unstabbed". A "stab" is merely part of the starting position for a single windmill rotation where the breaker has one elbow "stabbed" into his stomach while the palm of that stabbed arm is flat on the ground. This stabbing position helps to keep the hips up high which aids in execution of the move. Unfortunately, it slows down movement when multiple windmills are performed. The breaker quickly learns to perform the basic unstabbed windmill which simply rolls over the forearms on each windmill rotation, with no stab. Many dancers will spend anywhere from two to six months learning how to do a basic windmill, since the motion is quite unorthodox.

Nutcrackers The Windmill with hands held over groin.

Handcuffs The Windmill with hands held behind the back.

Superman’s The Windmill with arms stretched out over head

Eggbeaters The Windmill with hands on the thighs.

Barrels The Windmill with arms placed out in front as if hugging a barrel.

Head spin The dancer spins on his head, often while wearing a stocking cap, handkerchief, or even helmet. When the dancer uses his hands to aid in speeding up the spin, it is called 'tapping.' A dancer may tap for a few rotations and then 'glide' for as many as 15 rotations. Kid Freeze is the b-boy who claims to have invented the head spin.

Flare An incredibly difficult move borrowed from gymnastics and resembles the use of a Pommel Horse, but is performed without one. Put your left leg about 9 inches behind your right (not lined up). If you have momentum, hurry and put your left hand down close to where you have your left leg. Now swing your left leg as hard as you can while doing a jump (in order for your left leg to go through, you will need to try and kick your face with your right leg. (It won't really kick your face, it'll just come close). Now you're getting ready to put your right hand down. Make sure all your weight shifts to your right arm and kick your left leg up as high as possible. Now drive your right leg under your left and now put your left hand down in front of you. Both hands should be in front. Arch your back and, without your legs touching the ground, kick the right leg up again trying to hit your face and swing the left leg low. Now keep repeating this.

Jackhammer A move performed on the ground, with the dancer balancing on one hand while laying his body on the elbow of the same arm. He then bounces up and down with his hand as he spins around.

Airflare An advanced move that is similar in theory to a flare or a windmill. While performing an airflare, the breaker is inverted with his torso at a 45 degree angle to the floor, his legs in a V-shape, and his arms straight. The hands are the only body part that touch the floor as the move is being performed. The bboy whips his legs, then arms around so that he travels in a circular path.

1990 The 1990 is a beautiful move that's difficult to learn. It's not for break dance beginners and you should master a handstand before trying to learn this one.

2000 First of all before you can do this you must be able to do a 1990. You have to know which hand you want to spin on usually the stronger one. Ok now before actually trying this move first practice by doing a regular handstand and lift up the hand that you don't spin on and place it over your spinning hand palm over palm, and try to balance like that for a few seconds, the longer you can stay up the better and practice allot. At this point, you are ready to begin. Begin by going into your 90. Once you are in the air, lift up your nonspinning hand and begin to spin. Place your free palm on top of your spinning hand and try to pull of some spins... this move is much easier than a 1990 but typically takes a week or two to get one solid rotation down.

Aerial Cartwheel a cartwheel performed without the use of hands. The aerial and the one handed cartwheel are totally different.

Airtrack An airtrack is basically a windmill in midair and you will need the flare to perform before the airtrack to gain momentum.

Double airtrack An airtrack where instead of keeping your legs open you close them and spin around twice before catching your self on your hands.

Baby Suicide Start off by doing a handstand and falling on your back. This should only take a few minutes until it doesn't hurt. Then when you do the handstand part for the handspring variation pull your arms away from the floor and land on your back. The momentum should push you towards the floor.

Handspring Suicide You should be able to do a regular suicide first. Start in a handstand, and do a front handspring. But instead of landing on you feet, land flat on you back with your hands behind you like in a kip-up.

Back 2 Back The Back 2 Back involves 2 people X & Y. X & Y stand facing each other (over 5 feet apart). X bends over bending his knees slightly and can rest his elbows on his knees (head must be down). Y runs at X and puts his hands on his shoulders and flips himself onto X's back and does a tumble while on his back and lands on his feet usually in a crouched position.

Backflip In order to do back flip you need a lot of momentum! Standing up, straight your body and your hands up in the air (this is how you get momentum). Swinging up your hands down to your back , and imagine you about to sit on a CHAIR and then SWING up your hands up in the air, try to imagine hit your knees UP to your face. In order to land on your feet you have to tuck your knees to your chest.

Bouncestep The breaker gets down on both knees and spins around once or twice on both knees. He then stops and get into the pushup position. He puts his right or left leg behind the opposite leg ending with his legs in a 4 shape. He hops and lands with the leg that was bent behind on the ground and the other leg pointing straight out. The breaker points one hand in the air and bounces on and off each foot while turning in a circle.

Bronco The breaker starts in a hand stand, kicking her legs and pushing off with her arms at the same time sending her feet on a mission. The goal is to spend as much time in the air before her feet touches the ground. When her feet touches, she bounces immediately off her toes, sending her upper body back towards the ground. When her hands touches, she repeats from step two and get a fly bounce going.

Butterfly Wushu move. First, get a little running start. Take a step forward with the right foot. Spin to the left and take a step with the left foot. You should now be in a standing position with your left side facing the front. Lift your right leg back, lean downwards while continuing the left turn and jump with your right leg outstretched. After the left foot leaves the ground, swing the left leg up and around. You should end up with the left side facing forward.

Butterfly 2? Step hard like you're going to jump really high forward. Then jump up really high in a diagonal direction and become horizontal in the air. Now, while still airborne, (you should be facing the ground) bend your back inward so your stomach is sticking toward the ground. At the same time, extend your arms behind you, close to your knees. Now snap out of it so that your legs are in a "V" shape and your arms are close to your chest to support your fall. Land with your arms in a push-up position.

Crickets This is a tight move that is a variation of Turtles as well as Broncos. The turtle position must be mastered. Your balance must be flawless. Get in the turtle position. Then bend/curl your legs at the knees so your feet come in closer to your body. Kick your feet upward/outward while pushing very hard with your hands. You should hop into the air when you do this and then come back down onto your hands. Be careful not to injure your wrists or hit your chin or knees on the floor. Once you can do that, with each hop you take try turning your body a little bit in one direction so that you land facing a different direction than when you started. Or try just hopping really high, but facing the same direction. Do this repeatedly and you have crickets.


Elbow Spin First you get on your elbow. The hand of the elbow you're using should be holding up your chin or anywhere else you want to put it (you should be in a position similar to a handstand). You must be able to stay in this position. When you get the balance to achieve a spin, you must wind your legs like you are doing a 1990. Usually people just get 1-5 spins on it. Push of with your free hand.

Forward handsprings Stand up straight with your hands raised over your head. Skip with your right foot and extend your left leg in front of you. Throw your hands onto the ground (like a handstand, but you aren't stopping), and push. Remember to keep your hands pretty close together. This helps with the pushing. Also, try to keep your body straight. Now if you pushed hard enough, you should land on your feet.

Frogs You do the same motion as a Bronco, but you land in the turtle position, then you bounce back up and do the same thing over and over.

Front Flip This is a gymnastic move, but very popular on the dance floor. Do a hand stand, hold it for a second, then bend over in bridge position from it, so that your finger tips are facing the same direction as your toes. This will help you hone the movement that will help propel you forward in a front flip. Now for the actual front flip. Some people start by taking a running leap, some don't. If you start from standing, REALLY push off with your feet and ankles in order to give yourself enough momentum. While arching your back over your head, keep your legs straight and use hip and shoulder power to land in an upright standing position.

Gainer The way you do this is that you run forward (not too fast). Try to imagine yourself kicking a soccer ball on the right leg, launch your hands and legs and your body up, and then grab your legs. Once you grab your legs you end up tucking your legs to your chest. The more you tuck your body the higher you get. All momentum comes from your legs. When you are in mid air, try to imagine yourself as if you are doing a back flip by grabbing your legs, that's it.

Back Handsprings Straighten your body horizontal with your hands up in the air, swing your hands down really fast, while swinging your hand and you about to bend down try to imagine that you about to sit on the chair then legs push down really hard, launch up your hands and extending your shoulders through the rest of back handspring. That's how you push your hands on the ground and push yourself over.

Back Toss Two breakers (X and Y) face each other. Y throw a right punch at X. X then grab Y's arm and hook X's around it. X and Y turn so their backs are against each other and lock arms/elbows. Now X bends forward and Y over X, Y jumps. The height Y gets will depend on how high he jumps, and how hard X pulls him. Y should land on his feet in front of X.

Halos This move is extremely dangerous if the b-boy's Windmills are not advanced enough. First he does a Windmill to get momentum. Then catches himself in a Headglide/Icey Ice position so he's in a hand glide position with his head on the floor with his legs moving really high (not headstand position). Then quickly he kicks and does a Windmill on his head and catches himself with both hands on his head while facing down. Then quickly kicks and let go with both hands and repeat the steps. The b-boy is only supposed to be using his hands and head.

Hand Glide The b-girl places her elbow between her navel and hipbone, and her hand on the floor. She leans forward and supports her weight on the hand and pushes herself around with her free hand. (Anything to take off the friction under the hand is often used.)

Hollowback There are many different variations of this move. It is basically a bridge with feets not touching the floor. It can be done from a handstand, headstand, or on the elbows. Once balanced vertically with feets straight up, beginning to arch the back and lower the feets down as if doing a bridge. Putting the chin to the chest will help with balance.

Wall Flip The dancer is running towards and upwards a wall. As the momentum stops, he does a backflip, landing on his knees.

Nike A freeze which looks like the Nike sign. The b-boy is in handstand position but with one hand on the floor. The other arm is touching the toe of his outstreched leg. The other leg is bent.

*L - Kick This move is performed standing in a one-handed handstand position. The legs are together in a 90 degree angle at the side of the body.

Rolls The b-boy starts in all four with feets wide apart. Now he takes his right hand and throws it over to his left side so that his hands are with the same width that you would do a handstand in. Now he lifts his right leg off the ground, and kicks up into a handstand, with his legs bent and then jumps off of the hands and back onto the ground in the crab position. The body is twisted like a swipe.

Skyscraper The b-girl gets into handstand position. She lifts her left hand off the ground and moves it back. The right hand is stucked to the ground. Then once she gets her left hand moved back, her body will turn to the hand. Then she picks up the right hand and moves it more or less next to the left hand and the body will turn still. Then she moves her left hand backwards again, and she is facing the opposite direction.

Suicide A suicide is a sudden drop to the dancer's butt, back, belly, etc. Different training and techniques are used to minimize the injuries (as with other techniques).

Pompo/Switch A 3-step inverse. The b-girl sits on the floor with her palms and feet on the floor with her butt in the air. Then she crouches her right leg so it's in a 90 degree angle. Then leans it to her left so that the left (inner) side of her right foot slightly touches the floor. She lifts her right arm up and puts her weight on her left foot as she lift her right leg up and a little bit to the left. Then straightens her right leg and bendd the left leg as she puts her weight on the right leg and lifts the left hand. And at the same time she lifts up her left (bent) leg.

Valdez From a sitting position, the right hand is swung behind the back, then the left hand. While the left hand is going up in the air, do side cartwheel over it.

One-legged swipe Swipe with one leg in the air. If turned to left, the left leg should be up.

Air-swipe Swipe but started standing. Then the b-boy jumps back and performs a Swipe.

Flight swipe-swipe Swipe with only one hand. If going to the left, right hand is used.

Master Swipe (needs shortening) Start standing up. Lean as far back as possible. Now lift your left leg and bring your knee to the middle of your ribcage. Your shin should be parallel to the floor. Now you should be able to lean farther. Try to lean so far that your whole body gets parallel. Now put both arms on your right side. Now whip them back to the left and at the same time sink lower to the floor so that your left hand can touch. But your legs should still be in the same position. As your right hand goes down to the ground your legs should start to swing also. You have to jump as high as possible or else your going to hurt your feet very badly. Now both of your hands are touching the ground and your legs and body are swinging around. Go with the momentum and bring your left hand off at the same speed and time as your legs. Your right foot should hit the ground and then your left arm should swing around in a circular motion and touch the ground.

Turtle/Tabletop This float is performed by shifting weight from one hand to the next as you rotate and move your widespread hands under your body in a eight-pattern. The elbows is placed in a 90 degree angle on the hips.

UFO/Buddha The b-boy does a turtle but without balancing on his elbows and his legs further away the body than his arms.

Ninja Outburst


Insane Corkscrew

Nipple Twist


Head Swipe






Omega Bomb


Baby Swipes


Icy Ice




Solar Eclipse

Back Layout

Back Handspring Twist

Back Handspring

Backwards Cartwheel

Backflip Twist

Wall Aerial


Laydown 540

One-handed Cartwheel

Fly & Roll

6 Replies to ALL break dancing moves, and how to do some of them!

re: ALL break dancing moves, and how to do some of them!
By TrippyJing
On Wed Sep 14, 2005 05:54 PM
Your last three posts (one in ballet, two in hip hop) SCREAM of copy & pastery. And it's pretty goddamn stupid to claim that this is a list of ALL bboying moves.
re: ALL break dancing moves, and how to do some of them!
By hip_hop_dude
On Wed Sep 14, 2005 08:09 PM
actually this one I changed it up
I did fix it up and added a few ofmy own things
and if you go back to the ballet one I explained my self so please recheck that efore you get all over my case ok
thank you

Keep On Dancing
re: ALL break dancing moves, and how to do some of them!
By TrippyJing
On Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:33 PM
Note that it was posted BEFORE you explained yourself. My "getting on your case" was perfectly justified. Besides, you forgot to cite the sources on TWO articles?

And adding a few of your own things doesn't mean squat. It's still pretty damn stupid to claim this as a list of ALL bboying moves.
Whats Up!!!
By azncryptwalker
On Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:23 PM
Wow thanks!!! thats soo cool. I am trying to start breaking cuz many of my friends are really good at it. I really want to learn how to crip walk and windmill though. The more the better. Well thanks alot for posting this, Helped so much. Well if you ever get/read this can you email me and give me a couple of extra tips or videos on the crip walk and the windmill? Thanks again C ya
Whats Up!!!
By azncryptwalker
On Fri Sep 23, 2005 10:24 PM
Wow thanks!!! thats soo cool. I am trying to start breaking cuz many of my friends are really good at it. I really want to learn how to crip walk and windmill though. The more the better. Well thanks alot for posting this, Helped so much. Well if you ever get/read this can you email me and give me a couple of extra tips or videos on the crip walk and the windmill? Thanks again C ya
Re: excellent moves
By shamrock242004
On Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:35 PM
starting from that ninjo out burst and down do you have any more explanations on how to do those moves cause i have just recently got into break dancing about two months ago and am interested in learning more on how to do these moves as i eventually would like to have my own style and image but with you explaining these moves and how to do them properly really helps to prevent injury and damage to your body. darcy wayne bauer


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