5 Break Dance Moves for Beginners

break dance movesSay you and your friends have a tradition of going dancing every weekend, and though you enjoy spending the time with your friends, spending that time at a club makes you feel left out. Let’s face it: you can’t dance.

With an Udemy course, you can learn how to dance at a club, or you might consider checking out Udemy’s learning how to break dance course. However, to get started you can learn the following 5 moves; these steps will be sure to catch anyone’s attention and make you look great on the dance floor.

1. Learn the Toprock

The Toprock is the essential step to begin with in any break dance routine, as it’s usually the only step where you’re standing before you hit the ground with your radical, dazzling moves.

First, stand tip-toed and bounce lightly. Be sure to stay light on your feet, as you’ll want to be able to change directions fairly quickly while bouncing.

Next, cross your left leg in front of your right. Stay light on your feet while performing this crossover move. You’ll be switching feet soon.

Now switch! Hop to bring back your left foot, and now cross the right over the left repeating the above step.

You might also incorporate hand motions at this time allowing them to swing with your body motions, but remember not to overdo it. Too many hand motions this early in your dancing routine will loose your audience’s interest.

Continue this sequence for a moment to build anticipation for those who are watching you dance, and whenever it feels right with the music begin the next series of moves.

2. The 6-Step

This next step begins in a push-up position. Once there, bring your right foot forward, or your left, whichever you prefer to begin with. For these next guidelines, we’ll pretend we’re starting on our right. Balance there for a moment applying most of your bodyweight on the edge of your right foot.

While pulling your left leg forward, take your left hand off the floor and keep it elevated in the air. Your left leg should be bent at a slight 90-degree angle, and rest against the back of your right leg so that your right leg is somewhat wrapped around your left leg.

Now release your right foot, placing it parallel to your left on the floor a little more than shoulder-width apart.

Immediately following, place your air-borne left hand back on the floor directly behind you. You should look like you are imitating the crab position.

Next, you will repeat the above steps in reverse. If you began with your right, you now begin with your left. However, the final ending position is different.

For the final position, instead of throwing your right hand behind you to rest on the floor as you did a moment ago with your left to land in the crab-like position, you will now place your right hand in front of you to land in the push-up position in which you began.

Practice this sequence a few times until you mastered its footwork with the ability to fluidly spin, almost in a circle. This 6-step is the foundation for later dance moves, such as the next move: the drop.

3. The Drop

Drops are movements that are usually built upon the above 6-step move, and are used to look flashy, painful, or both to engage your audience while transitioning to the floor. There are three major drops to choose from: coin drop, knee drop, or back drop (more commonly known as the suicide).

Most of these next steps are similar to other street dancing moves, which you can learn more about with this Udemy course. However, they require enormous amounts of physical strength to perform.

First, we’ll discuss the knee drop. For this move, bend your left leg deeply forward and place your right directly behind it. Then catch yourself as you begin to fall forward. The theatrics to this move require you to look as if you’re actually falling, and force you to catch yourself before face-planting into the pavement beneath.

Another is the coin drop. This requires your maximum core strength as you curl up while extending your limbs, all the while spinning about with great amounts of momentum.

To begin, place one hand on the floor opposite the leg you will extend first into the air. For instruction purposes, we’ll say the right hand, so place it opposite your left leg.

Then, as you lift your left leg into the air, place your other hand on the ground, and tightly wind your body in a circular motion swinging your legs around you.

Avoid the common mistake with this move of kicking your legs to high. It could potentially throw off your balance, and cause you to fall over.

You will then land on your back as your feet come to the front, and you will continue to spin as you do so. These are the primary steps for performing a coin drop.

The final drop move ––called a backdrop, better known as a suicide ––is a dangerous step which should only be performed by experienced break dancers. Thus, we will not discuss how to perform such a step in this beginners’ guide.

4. Power Moves

Next in your routine, you’ll want to introduce some power moves. These will take the best of your skill, but will inevitably cause more of a sensation for your audience.

Since these corresponding moves require such strength and technique, exercise extreme caution as your begin to learn how to break dance, and be sure not to overexert yourself in ways that could be potentially harmful.

After performing your drop move, you are now closer to the ground than when you began, and can easily throw in one of these three power moves: the windmill, the headspin, or the jackhammer.

Up unto this point, you have not used your greatest physical potential and strength. Now it’s time to show them off.

Say you want to use the windmill, which is great since the coin drop as we walked through earlier is used as a transitional move into the windmill, also known as the backspin.

Begin by kneeling on the ground with your left elbow resting tightly against your side, and your right arm bending in a right angle with your right hand in front of your face.

Placing both hands on the ground, keep your left elbow tucked in close to your hipbone – most of your weight should be distributed throughout your left forearm.

From here, you will push with your left arm and turn with your right. This will propel you into a circular motion, as your legs should be extended and not resting on the ground.

You should repeat the above steps after completing one rotation for as long as your routine, or physical ability, dictates. Though, be sure that you are executing this step with caution, as you do not want to wear yourself out too quickly.

The other power moves ––the headspin and jackhammer ––are more complicated steps that require a certain level of skill and experience, and are not recommended for beginners to learn until after they have practiced break dancing for a while.

5. The Freeze

Finally, after you’ve walked through your routine with countless motions, you could climatically end with throwing in a freeze step. Freezes are exactly what they sound like – a paused movement within your routine.

Freezes are great for dramatically pausing the build up of your momentum. In the midst of turning and tossing your body, you suddenly stop to the shock of your audience. Freezes, when executed correctly, create a tension that leaves your spectators wanting more.

While there are three traditional freezes ––the baby, handstand, or chair ––we will go over one of the steps of the more basic freeze movements, the handstand.

After completing several rotations of the windmill step, as we were practicing earlier, throw your legs up into the air and execute a basic handstand.

Another way to perform this movement is first getting into a basic handstand, and then before extending your legs fully, bend them back to gain a level of comfort with this position.

Once you feel comfortable, stand back up, and then return to the handstand with jumping more momentum and land on only one hand.

There’s no definite form on how to conclude your routine – that’s usually left up to the discretion of the dancer, and is often informed by the reaction of their audience.

After a lot of practice you should be able to physically continue with another sequence of steps, or create your our routine and increase the length of your overall performance. For now, it would be best to stick with the basics you are still learning the fundamentals.

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