Afrika Bambaataa is one of the pioneers of breakdancing. He saw dancing as a way for young people to get together and accomplish something positive. To that end, he started one of the first breakdancing crews, The Zulu Kings. Soon after that, crews started to pop up everywhere. Breakdancing battles saw these crews competing against each other with dance.
Top Rock – you are moving from a standing position, usually the start of a routine.
Down Rock – foot work or floor work where the hands support the dancer as much as the feet
Power Moves – acrobatic or gymnastic type moves that require momentum and circular movements or spins. i.e. windmill
Freezes – stylish poses where the dancer holds a position. It usually requires a lot of upper body strength.
Drops – like a freeze but the dancer flops down and appears to slam into the ground hard. These remind me of pratfalls that the old comedians used to do. It looks like it hurts but it’s part of the routine. The dancers always get up and smile and it’s pretty amazing to see.