Today's class will focus on Breakin!
What is Breakin’? Where is it Rooted?
The cultural legacy of house stems from African American culture in Chicago and breakin is rooted in the African American and Latino (Predominately Puerto Rican) cultural enclaves of New York City. Both styles are have proliferated throughout the globe and are thriving as interculturally relevant forms of self-expression.
Breakin’ is an athletic, rhythmic, expressive, and liberating expression of freedom that interprets expressions of the body through movements made over beat breaks. Breakin’ is dance often engaged-in over breakbeats. We’ll get into this more in-class, but please check out the Notorious IBE on Youtube to see more regarding this globally-recognized dance form.
When are the classes?
Join this Wednesday at 10AM – 11 AM on the Portland Sunday Parkways Facebook page.
Breakin’ Down the House:
Walle Brown is a globe-trotting breakin’ extraordinaire. He’ll be representing and teaching the dance styles of house and breakin’ throughout the week of Juneteenth. That means Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be action-packed and culturally rich as we share two dance styles that are deeply rooted in African-American and Latino communities’.
Find Walle speaking about Breakin’ on TEDx here: