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break +‎ dancing

Influenced by breakdown (the percussion break of songs chosen by a DJ for use in hip-hop music) -- breakdancers were originally those who danced to a breakdown.

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breakdancing (uncountable)

  1. (dance) An urban style of acrobatic street dance that originated in the hip hop culture of New York City in the late 20th century.

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  • 2001. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: North America. Garland Publishing. Ellen Koskoff (Ed.). Pgs. 694-695.