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The terminology used to refer to b-boying (break-boying) or breaking changed after promotion by the mainstream media. When the movies Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo were released in 1984, all the styles of dance performed in those movies were put under the “breakdance” label. And if that was not enough, movie Breakin was released outside the United States as Breakdance: The Movie. What a ripoff, wouldn’t you say!?
The media followed this by calling all represented styles “breakdancing”.
There wouldn’t be any problem if all of that was true, but it isn’t
With this media stunt “breakdancing” became an inadvertent umbrella term among the general public for both breaking and the funk styles. And there is the main problem. The funk styles (locking, roboting, boogaloo, and popping) were created in California independent from breaking, which was created in New York. They are called funk styles because they were originally danced to funk music and to give them a separate identity from breaking, which is traditionally danced to break beats.
And because of that today old school b-boys or should I say purists, “breakdancing” consider as an ignorant term invented by the media that connotes exploitation of the art called b-boying.
I hope this was useful.
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