Published on April 2nd, 2019 | by sligoadmin0
Irish Break Dancers For Paris 2024
Break dancing is set to become the latest sport to be added to the Olympics for the summer of 2024 in Paris.
B-Boys and B- Girls from all over the country will compete in trials to represent Ireland. Some of Sligo’s top break dancers (breakers) hope to make the Irish team (also known as a crew).
Each crew is made up of 6 people- four dancers – 2 male and 2 female, a DJ on the decks and finally the graffiti “artist”. The dancers dance, the DJ spins the tracks, rocks the beats and finds the loops. The “artists” draws “tags” everywhere – basically it’s vandalism but because it’s a sport it will be condoned so no need to call the French Gardai.
Break dancing originated in New York City in the 1970s as a part of its hit hot culture. All moves are performed on a flattened cardboard box. An Olympic committee will have to determine the exact dimensions and type of cardboard.
Moves include head spinning, doing the worm, toprock, downrock and freezes. There are other moves such as popping, locking and electric boogaloo although these are not considered as breaking by the purists.
The rules haven’t been fully decided as yet but it’s thought that crews will have “battles” with opposing teams/crews and everyone involved has to be “real about yo shit and dat”.