History of this sport
Breaking is a dance style that appeared in the United States in the 1970s. It emerged in the Bronx (New York) block parties, arising from hip hop culture, and is characterized by acrobatic dances, stylish foot movements, and the key role played by the DJ and MC during the battles.
Since its birth on the streets, it has been evolving and gaining followers around the world as an activity that mixes elements of music and dance. After this, some groups like Zulu Kings, Rock Steady Crew, Dynamic Rockers and New York City Breakers were created. This teams don’t only perform the base of this dance, but also greater difficulty moves.
In the 90s, other international events of breaking started, like Pro-Am in Miami and the Bboy Summit and the Freestyle Session both in California. With the arrival of these competitions with a jury, the interest for the urban areas arose and the generation of breakers that started competing grew participating in the battles organized around the world.
Within the Olympic Movement, breaking is a discipline of the World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF), founded in 1957. It made its Olympic debut at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. After confirming its popularity, the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee determined that it had to make its full Olympic debut in the French capital. In June 2022, Santiago 2023 confirmed that breaking will be part of the Pan American and Parapan American Games for the first time.