break dancing

a style of acrobatic dancing originating in the mid-1970s, often performed to rap music usually by teenage males in the streets, and characterized by intricate footwork, pantomime, spinning headstands, tumbling, and elaborate improvised virtuosic movements.
Also, breakdancing.
Also called break, breaking.

sense of break unclear; cf. breakdown (def 6)

break dancer, noun Unabridged

break dance

verb (used without object)
to perform break dancing.
Also, break. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
break dance
1.  an acrobatic dance style originating in the 1980s
2.  (intr) to perform a break dance
break dancer
break dancing

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Word Origin & History

break dancing
1982, but the style itself evolved late 1970s in South Bronx, and breakdown "a riotous dance, in the style of the negroes" is recorded from 1864. The reference in the modern case is to the rhythmic break in a pop-dance song (see break (n.)), which the DJs isolated and the dancers performed to.
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Example sentences
And he's now doing the famous moonwalk, which he picked up from break dancing.
They used to set them up and turn them up as loud as they could for break dancing.
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