Friday, February 27, 2015

Let It Flow

 Break the ice inside of you, 
when you get on the dance floor
to show what you got 
don't let the change go
that you still have time.

Move to the left
Move to the right
 Shake the body
that you have that boom.

Don't be scared to show
that bamba that contains
with the music that blooms 
your mind.

Be prepare to gloom 
off the night that with whom
you will compete

You don't need to be professional
to be famous, you just
need to trust yourself
and show that volume
that makes you move.

Set your mind free
and let it chill
through your bones
like the wind.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

How to do a windmill to backspin


The windmill is a popular move in breakdance. The breaker will roll his torso continuously in a circular path on the floor, across the upper chest, shoulder, and back while twirling his legs in a V- shape through the air.  

You will first start with a push up position with your knees touching the floor. Then, you will be taking your left arm and do the stabbed a basic windmill that will keep the hips up high which aids and executes the move. Next, you will bend the arm and place your elbow below your belly button and center left to right. Your right arm should be stabbed your right fingers should be pointing behind you. After, you will turn your upper body a little bit to the right, rotating your shoulders clockwise so you are looking to the right. Move your left hand over your right hand to do the stabbed. Rotate your lower to the right, so you drop to the left sides of your knees and your toes pointing to the right. You can make some adjustments to feel more comfortable. 


It will be an easy move to do, first you sit on the floor with one feet straight and the other leg in bend to 90 degrees. Then, you will kick in a circular motion with the other feet bend feet, follow with the straight one and go on your back. 

Finally, you will mix both of the moves, first the windmill and then add the backspin to complete your move. This move takes a lot of practice, discipline, and dedication. 

I'm very glad I could find the following animation to help you see how the move will come out. It looks really cool, I like it. It so amazing to how this guy can move like a worm. 

Have a great week  :D 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Review of "Breakdance: Electric Boogie, Egyptian, Moonwalk" (1984)

Electric Boogie, Egyptian, Moonwalk…
By: Bonnie Nadell and John Small

The book is very interesting because it contains information about the three types of breakdance:
  • Electric Boogie: Named that way because it looks like if current is going through your body.
  • Breakdancing: Also known as floor-rocking, it requires some gymnastics ability and a lot of flexibility.
  • Up-rock it is a street-gang fighting dance.

It starts with two different true stories of two different people and how they became interested in boogie and hip-hop. It also describes how to get the look of a breakdancer in the 1980s. It explains step-by-step how to be able to make the move and also illustrates la move with real pictures. It contains 11 moves of Electric Boogie and 9 of breakdance and one of up-rock.

I really like the helicopter move which is a three-man routine. One man acts as the spinning axis and the other two act as the propellers. One person sits on the shoulders of the person who plays the axis. The axis wraps his arms firmly around this person’s thighs. The third man hooks on to the feet of the person playing the other propeller by getting in between his legs and wrapping both arms around them. The axis begins to rotate, turning full circle on his feet by making many little steps.

Another movie I like is 1990, it is a difficult and a very athletic move. You first do a handstand and while keeping balance you spread your legs apart. The legs will provide the movement for the spin. After having your legs spread apart, you twist your hips slightly clockwise, and then spin them quickly in the other direction. Shift the weight of your body on the left hand which is the spin hand and lift your right hand off the ground. The spin should be fast, after spinning you should land on your feet and do a standing freeze. It is recommended to wear protective gloves. To be able to do this move you should have a strong arm and upper-body muscles. It's a really difficult move that even the best breakers can only do two or three full rotations.

The style of a breakdancer starts from the bottom with the feet, the sneakers, and the shoelaces. The sneakers should be gleaming white, bright blue, or red with thick, colored laces. They have to be clean without a speck of dirt, the laces tied with labyrinthine complexity. Jeans are preferred by some breakdancers, in colors ranging from black to gray to maroon. Many dancers wear athletic or jogging in dark colors rather than jeans. The sweatshirts with hoods are the key to protected your head and back while doing backspins and headspins. Accessories make the outfit complete, big brass belt buckles that spell out your street name and a gold nameplate necklace.

Girls also have a style, some wear baggy miniskirts and sweatshirts, others have warm-up suits like the guys. Some dress like the boys in dark-colored pants, but tighter and have loose tops instead. Many girls wear shoes instead os sneakers. A favorite color of a girl breakdancer is the pink.

Bonnie Nadell is the president of Hill Nadell Literary Agency based in Los Angeles and represents writers of both fiction and nonfiction. John Small was the photographer of all the pictures contain in the book. There is not that much information about both authors.

The information in the book is very useful, I like it explains very good the moves and it also has a picture so you can get an idea of how the move is supposed to be. The stories are very interesting, to be well known you have to go to a smaller town then come back to New York so the crowd gets curious to see who you are and what you got. I hope you have the chance to check out the book and have a look at it. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Diverse Perspectives on Subway Breakdancing

After watching some of the videos of breakdancers dancing in the New York subways, and on the website where people publish their comments about their opinion of if they either agree or disagree in that they should dance in the subways in New York, makes you want to experience, be there to see the dancers in action.

The videos below are very cool, check them out:

Watching them makes you feel tickles. They look cool but at the same time scary.When I see that they get on the pole it remembers me of that video where this lady is dancing all sexy when the suddenly falls with all pole. For sure the ones in the subway are place hard, that's how it looks but it could move. 

According to the comments on the website, I hate those subway breakdancers are deep. Several people are annoyed by the breakdancers that do it every day, showing the same moves each time. Some people don't like it because the doors get block by them or people that decided to stand, and by the time its time to get off at their stop, they can't get off the fast.

One of the comments said that on a day the dancers got on and minutes later they started dancing and somehow the guy dancing hit women in the nose when he was doing a flip. Others believe that the dancers should be arrested and others believe that it is better to dance than to be stealing.I believe that they should dance once in a while the subways so that way the people that go on every day won't get frustrated.