Breakdance: Up-Rock is back on the Hip-Hop Scene
While break dancing is no doubt one of the most challenging forms of dance to learn, it is also the most exciting to perform. Nothing turns more heads at a party or even a nightclub like a skilled breaker! Break dancing brings automatic respect and credibility to anyone who can do it right. It's a great way to move to the energy and rhythm of the song. It doesn't matter if you danced before, if you are black, white, male or female, you can break dance. Break dancing is so amazing to watch that people will give you respect on the dance floor. In addition, it's a great way to get in shape. Break dance takes a lot of balance, body strength, and cardiovascular strength.
Uprock began in the year 1968 by the late Rubber Band man and Apache. These two guys were gangsters taking this dance to a higher and positive level. Dynasty Rockers were the first to flash letters on sweat shirts and jackets in 1973. Manny Figueroa, Eddie Figueroa, Danny Boy and Carlos Rivera were the first Dynasty members. Watching these legends along with other pioneers like Lil Dave of the "Lil Dave Rockers" and Rocky Nelson from "MTC", and Papo & Junior of the "Dynamic Spinners". It was amazing to see many moves in this dance.
In those days no-one was teaching Uprock. It was about watching and learning, then executing by experience in a dance competition. In Brooklyn there were contests every two weeks. DJ Crazy Rob used to put it out for the Rockers at these contests. Uprocking is like boxing. You were like a contender looking for a shot at the title. The best way to show your skills is to compete against any of these legends. Uprocking is a combination of salsa and the hustle. Many Uprockers became great hustlers so they can flow lovely.
In the early years it was called the Rock Dance, then the burn came in. People started getting confused so it was called "UPROCKING", which is a combination of salsa, the hustle, freestyling, burns and jerks. Creativity and execution of the moves in accordance to the music being played was the way it is judged. Most uprockers were DJs also. UpRock, unlike Breaking, which use many cuts and scratches, uses the Blending and mixing element of DJ'ing.
The Original B-Boy Generation consists of classic Breakers, Boogaloo (Poppers), Lockers, Rockers, MC's, Beat Boxers, DJ's and Graffitti Writers. Some have been around, until 1978, when a defined name entitled "Hip Hop" was derived by Afrika Bambaattaa. Hip Hop united all of these different elements. Rocking has been developing in the late 60's before these dances were even united under "Hip Hop."
If we did not have Rockers back in the late 60's we would not have the break dancers, (media's term), today. Breakin' now reappears in the streets and clubs of New York City as it did in the early 80's. From the beginning, Uprock "Jerks", "Burns", and "Freestyle" were and are the three main movements used in this dance art form, and is still being used in today's breakin'. The modified Uprock in Breakin is called Toprock. Where breakin' is done solo the "Uprock" dance involves two or more dancers, single or as a team, dancing alternatively or simultaneously, performing what is called a dance battle.
When Uprocking, you must use a combination of different body movements/jerks, along with hand gestures/burns and foot shuffling and turns/freestyle while keeping in pace with the music. Uprock, unlike breaking, which involves spins or powermoves, is more in sync with the "break" of a record. Uprocking does have many similar "Down Rocking", (known as Boing Oing) to others, that breakers use. Uprocking the downrocking part soon evolved to become "B-Boyin", which the Bronx took to the next level with spins. Each Organization contributes thier own dance history and style in Rocking, they add just the right amount of flavor that keeps us in beat with the Hip-Hop dance scene.