Power Moves

A Power Move is any type of move in Bboying which requires spinning and/or rotating in a way that can be done so in multiple rounds. All Power Moves (or series of a type of Power Move) can be connected in combos to form a “Power Combo”. Breakers that use mostly Power combos in there sets are commonly known as “Power Heads”. Example: Flare-Air Flare-Elbow Air Flare-Air Flare-1990…etc Or-Air Flare 1.5-Babymill-Windmill-Swipe-Windmill-Halo-Headspin…etc The possible number of combinations are endless and only limited by stamina, strength and imagination. On American reality series America’s Best Dance Crew, Ronnie from Super Cr3w & Full Force, performed a combination,with these moves in this order: Elbow Air Flare-Munchmill-Gorillas. Shane Sparks recalled hearing, there are only four people in the world that can do that combination. In 2002 The Guinness Book of World Records began tracking number of power move rotations for their world record standings. At that time Canadian Gregory Burbidge broke records for Air Flare, Headspins, and Elbow Airflares. American Lauren Jacob held the record for Chair Flares. American Laura Derrick held the record for Tappingmills. Nicole Jones (nationality unknown) held the record for Munch Airflares. In 2004 Guinness removed these titles from their records. At the time Gregory Burbidge was the only one who still held records from the original group.

  • Air Flare/Air Track An advance powermove starting from a 1990 or windmill or halo or headspin position. The bboy goes into a handstand with his body diagnal to the ground and legs spread out into a V-shape. The legs are swung, like windmills/halos, in a circular motion. Using the momentum, the bboy switches from arm to arm as the body rotates in the air. The most difficult part of this move is the switching of the arms (while in the air)while the back of the bboy is facing the ground(the circular leg swing is most important in a hand transfer). It is recommended that this move is tried on mats with a supervisor.
    • Piked Airflare/Bongo Thunder: Airflare with the legs straight together, instead of V-shape.
    • Munch Airflare: Airflare with the legs tucking in and kicking out, creating a “munch” motion.
    • One Legged Airflre: Airflare with one the legs sticking out while the other leg is bent in, looking like an L-shape. Sometimes it is done with the bent leg tucked into the shirt of the bboy.
    • One Hand Airflare: Airflare using one arm.
    • Elbow Airflare: Airflare with elbows/forearm.
    • One Arm Elbow Airflare: Airflare using one arm but on the elbow.
    • Airflare/Airtrack 1.5: instead of landing on your hands after doing one rotation of an Airflare/Airtrack, you keep your body rotating one half extra turn and land onto your back without the use of your hands. This is considered one of the most difficult and most dangerous of the Airflare/Airtrack moves.
    • Elbow Airflare/Airtrack 1.5: instead of landing on your hands after doing one rotation of an Elbow Airflare/Airtrack, you keep your body rotating one half extra turn and land onto your back without the use of your forearms.
    • Caveman: Airflare with shoulders.
A flare in motion.
  • Flare: A widely recognized power move that involves swinging the legs around in a circular motion while balancing on the hands.
    • King Flares/Hopping Flare: A flare that is done while hopping from hand to hand.
    • Virgin Flare/Double Leg Circles: A flare that is done with closed legs.
    • Twin-legged Flare: A Flare with the legs straight out together.
    • Crossed-legged Flare: Much like twin-legged flare, but the legs are crossed.
    • Chair Flare:A Flare starting and ending with an airchair position, much like king flares but with bent arms.
    • Double Chair Flare:A flare with both arms stabbed in the back creating a rotating double airchair.
    • Sandwich Flare: A Flare with both legs in a piked position.
    • Lotus Flare: A Flare with both legs crossed over each other in lotus/yoga position.
    • Thread Flare: A flare that is done with by threading the legs with the free arm.
  • Swipe: A power move where the breakdancer starts with his hands and feet on the ground and rotates his upper body to build the momentum to rotate his lower body.
  • Windmill/Mill: a debatable move (considered basic move or power move) in which the breaker can use the momentum from a previous move or start from stabbing your elbow in your stomach and feet supported on the ground, where you kick the opposite leg from the direction you are spinning to gain the momentium to rotate your self around onto your back and back onto your front. A variation of baby freeze and backspin and sometimes called a ‘Continuous Backspin’ by the Old Skool.
    • Superman/Bellymills: A variant of the windmill where the arms are streched out, like Superman, while the torso rotates on the chest/stomach.
    • Criticals:The first full 360 degree rotation movement is done from a turtle or crab position. It requires a pushing motion and whipping both legs similar to a windmill but fully rotating in the air landing back into a turtle or crab position. This move was created by a group call “Critical Mass Rockers”bka L.A.B.
    • Critical 2’s:

A variant of criticals that is from the swipe position landing nonstop into footwork or windmills or freez.

    • Windmill Critical: A variant where in freeze position during a windmill like Airflare 1.5 you push yourself off the ground and spin in the air back into a windmill.
    • Airplane/Highrisers/Highrises: A windmill but your arms high as possible and spread
    • Babymills/Munchmills: Windmills performed with tucked legs.
    • Germanmills/Tappingmills:Windmills performed with one leg tucked on top of the other leg, the lower leg taps the ground while the upper torso rolls over similar to munchmills/babymills. the tap leg should be the opposite of the direction the windmill is rotating, i.e. if rotating CW, the right leg taps, if rotating CCW, the left leg taps. (Similar to doing a one-legged-swipe)
    • Tombstone mills/Frankensteins: Windmills performed with piked legs.
    • HandCuffs: Windmills performed with your hands behind your back immitating being handcuffed. Must be performed high up on ones back to avoid injury.
    • Mummies: You do a windmill, but cross your arms over your chest.
    • Nutcracker: A windmill with your hands on your groin area.
    • Eggbeater: A windmill with hands to your thighs.
    • Barrel: A windmill where your arms make a circle as if you are hugging a barrel.
    • Confusions: A windmill with your hands on your ears or the side of your head.
    • Lotus mills: Windmills done with the legs crossed over one another, in the lotus yoga position.
  • Back Spin: One of the first spinning and famous power moves ever made. A move which has the breaker balled up and spinning on his or her back.
  • Side Spin: Sometimes done after a windmill, the side spin is balled up like the back spin except the breaker is rotating on his or her side.
  • Halos: Similar to windmills, the only difference is the back roll on the ground but supported by arms while rotating, thus causing this move to also spin on the side of head, like a halo. Sometimes called a ‘Neck Move’ by Old Skoolers.
    • One hand halo: Halos done on one hand.
    • Double halo: Doing two consecutive halos without touching your hands on the floor after one full rotation.
  • Headspins: A continuous spin done while balancing only on the head, the legs can vary indefinitely.
  • HeadSplide/Gromeks: A combination of a headspin and a headslide where the dancer rotates around using a headspin/halo technique whilst sliding forward upon his forehead. Usually achieving between .5 and 1.5 rotations and catching it in another head move.
  • Headslide:* Pushing off with your feet while your head on the ground and sliding forward.
  • Running Headslide:* Gaining momentum by sprinting and leaning your head towards the floor with your hands by your head. When your head touches the floor, kick your legs up and lift your arms so that you are only sliding on your head. To avoid injury, make sure your hands hit the floor before your head when sprinting and also wear a beanie.
  • 1990/90: A spinning one-handed handstand.
  • Deadman 90’s: Similar to the 1990, the Deadman 1990 is done without alternating between hands before the spin. The bboy spins on the same hand he initially places onto the ground, making the deadman 90 easier to balance but harder to create momentum.
  • 2000/00s/Thousands: A 1990 with the spare hand on the wrist of your supporting hand.
  • Elbow Spin: A spin on the forearm.
  • Head Glide a.k.a. Donut/ICY ICE: A spin performed after windmill where your hand is planted in your side and head drags on the ground and spins around your hand.

Footwork

  • 6-step: The foundational footwork sequence. Although many variations exist that either add or subtract steps in the sequence, the 6-step is the most basic form of footwork.
  • Coffee Grinder/Helicopter: One leg rotates in circles below the body and just above the floor. The leg remains straight throughout. From the third step of the 6-step, as the right leg swings around wide for step 4, the breaker leans over onto the right hand, hops slightly with the left foot, and swings the right leg under the left leg. From there, the weight returns to the left leg as the right leg continues swinging around.
  • 2 step
  • 3 step
  • 4 step
  • 5 step
  • 6 step
  • 7 step
  • 8 step
  • 10 step
  • 12 step/ baby love
  • Cicis/CC’s (abbreviation of ‘Crazy Commando’s)
  • Bicycle pumps
  • Zulu Spins
  • Spindle
  • Back CC’s
  • Kick outs
  • Shuffles
  • Scramble Example a.k.a. Baby Love
  • Pretzels
  • Swapping

Drops

Coin Drop – drops down on one arm and goes into a windmill. There are suicide variations of the coin drop where the breaker does a coindrop, but once on the back pops up in the air and rotates 360 degrees landing on the back in a star shape. There is also a 720 twist version often used by member of KnuckleHead Zoo, Abenamar Honrubia. He is also seen using it in week 9 of the Americas Best Dance Crew: The championship.

 Knee Drop(aka Colt-45) – a downrock where one puts one foot behind the kneepit of the other and drops to the floor and lands on that foot in order to create an illusion of landing on one’s knee

Other Knee Drop- a downwork where one puts one foot behind the kneepit of the other, puts the other foot sideways and lands, making both knees almost touch the ground, but not quite. Also used by cwalkers.

Sweep Drop -one leg sweeps in front of the other, giving the impression of tripping yourself

Thread Drop -a leg thread is done, but as soon as strong foot hits ground, it is bent.

Corkscrew -a drop with one foot behind the other knee.

Top Rock

The Top Rock is a combination of steps done while standing up. This is the entry dance that Bboys and Bgirls use to start their set. These steps are done before you do a power set or before you go down to the floor. This is the breaker’s chance to show how well he or she can rock the beat and/or make gestures to intimidate their opponent. The object is to make a connection with the song either by gesturing on a horn or rhythm section while your feet usually step on the “snare” of the drum/beat section. (Note: Uprock was a jazz/rock dance which influenced top rock, uprock is not toprock)

  • Basic Top Rock
  • Indian Step
  • Uprock
  • Side Step
  • Boyoing
    • Bronx Rock
    • Brooklyn Rock
  • Power Step/Power Circle
  • Power Step Hop
  • Boyoing
  • Latin Rock