Ethnographic on Breakdancing

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Breaking the Dance Preface: The primary purpose of this study was to explore the rapidly rising sub-culture of breakdancing; the form of breakdancing, the development of breakdancing, and the beliefs and behaviors of breakdancers. The study took place at Twinspace Dance Studio in San Francisco, California. Taking place in Mission St, San Francisco, the area itself is found to be largely occupied by Mexicans, Polish, Irish and German (Planning). The area of analysis was a multicultural dance studio building that held specific dance classes such as: yoga, latin flamenco, ballet, and breakdance (Twinspace). The course of the study is Instructor’s Meezee breakdance class, which held on Thursday and Friday. Assessments were made between 5-7 individuals from the Mission District, contained an age range of 16-25 years, and the gender group consisting of 5 men and 2 women. Additionally, years of experience was also measured, with the range of 8 months to 5 years to examine how experience length could affect sub-culture behaviors. Introduction: Dance has been around for centuries, for its highly malleable and expressive ability to become part of any situation whether if it be rituals, engrossing secular celebrations or quite simply for pure entertainment. However, At Meezee’s morning Breakdance Instruction class, the motive here was to practice dance as a recreational form of art, where children to adults may participate in learning the six-step motion in breakdance because of its innate elegance. As breakdancing becomes the post-mainstream to hip-hop culture, the roots of dancing makes breakdancing unmistakably the most vibrant and different from previous pop-culture dance. Portraits and etchings of James Brown were plastered across the walls of the gym studio with frames of James Brown hands on the ground and feet in the air representing classical early history

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