How Breakdancers Are Redefining Hip-Hop Style for a New Generation

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Take one step into a breakdancing competition and within a couple seconds, it’s pretty clear just how physically demanding the sport is. Think flying legs and gravity-defying head spins coupled with the dramatic lights and a bass-bumping soundtrack. It’s powerful, energetic, and even a bit intense at times – a perfect complement to the bravado and vibrancy of hip hop music itself.

Breakdancing dates back to the 1970s and the birth of hip-hop at a house party in the Bronx, New York, nearly 50 years ago on August 11, 1973. Originally heavily male-dominated, breaking has now evolved to embrace the full spectrum of gender identity. Today, myriad dancers are taking the craft to new heights just as it receives unprecedented global attention. In just over a year, fans will be flocking to Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics, where breakdancing will make its debut as an official Olympic sport.

Many dancers have their eyes set on Paris, both for the 2024 Olympic Games and for later this year, when the 2023 Red Bull BC One World Final will take place in the French capital on October 21. For such major competition moments, fashion choices have to be flawlessly functional.

Ahead, hear from competitors from the latest Red Bull BC One World Finals in New York City about their essential B-girl style.

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