B-boying or breaking, often called breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated as a part of hip hop culture among African and Latino American youths in New York City during the early 1970s. Continue reading to see some of the world’s greatest breakdancing kids.

B-boying at its inception borrowed from other performance styles, as many elements of b-boying may be seen in other antecedent cultures prior to the 1970s. Concerning martial arts, b-boying looks very similar to the movement found in the Brazilian martial art capoeira which came about in the 1500s; however, b-boy pioneers Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon and Kenneth “Ken Swift” Gabbert, both of Rock Steady Crew, said they never witnessed capoeira when they were young; they cite James Brown and Kung-Fu films as influences instead.