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. 

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