I gate-crashed a breakdancing crew's practice session at the University of Reading of which a good friend is a member. It was an amazing experience to see how flexible they all were and the different things could do. I remember thinking to myself that I spin in my head all the time but the thought of spinning on my head was inconceivable at best and inspired a headache at worst! However these guys were brilliant at it as I hope I have been able to capture in the images here.
'B-boying, also known as breaking and commonly referred to as breakdancing, is a style of dance that was originally created and developed as part of hip-hop culture among African Americans, and later on Latino American youths in New York City.Breaking includes four primary moves:toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes/suicides. It is danced to both hip-hop and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks. The musical selection for breaking is not restricted to hip-hop music, as long as the tempo and beat pattern conditions are met. One who practices this style of dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. These dancers often participate in battles, formal or informal dance competitions between two individuals or two crews. Although "breakdance" is a common term, "b-boying" and "breaking" are preferred by the majority of the art form’s pioneers and most notable practitioners.' [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-boying]