The “Flip It” Technique
In Breakin’ there is a term known as “biting”. Biting is where you perform a move or sequence of moves exactly how someone else does it. Usually, people will get called out for this if you are copying someone’s creative, unique, signature move or sequence.
It is argued that there are no more unique movements anymore and everyone is “biting” from someone to a certain degree. I believe that it is ok to be influenced by someone’s moves but you should come up with your own unique way of doing it.
After all, if you are biting a movement, you are essentially being a mechanical dancer who is merely copying a style instead of showcasing your own personality and character as a dancer.
This is where the “Flip It” technique comes in. The “Flip It” technique is a way to create a move that matches your unique style from a movement that you are influenced by (A little similar to the “Surrouding Influences” technique)
*Disclaimer: Although flipping a movement is a good technique to create your own style of movements, it should be noted that you should always remember where, what or who the original influence came from and give them credit.
Let’s take a CC for example…
A normal CC you might see someone do is one leg straight out and on the toe and the other leg is bent in the air and the knees are together. Using the “Flip It” technique you could execute the CC with one leg bent and the knee touching the ground and the ankle of that leg is connected to the knee of the other leg in the air. A similar move, but different enough to start making it your own.
The more times you tweak and evolve a move, the better chance you will have of coming up with a move unique to you.
The “Flip It” technique can also be used to take movements from other styles of Dance and incorporate it into your Breakin’ as I mentioned earlier with seeing someone execute a spin on one foot and then you decide to “Flip It”‘ and spin on your knee instead
The more unique you can make a movement you are flipping, the more your unique style will begin to reveal itself.