How To Break Dance: Toprock – The Groove or The Rock

[ Break Dance Tutorial ] How To Breakdance: Toprock - The Groove or The Rock

In this beginner's tutorial, we go over how to do the "rock" in Breakin', also known as the Groove. You will learn the basic groove, how to groove in different directions, what to do with your arms and also how to move around while grooving.


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The Groove is the most fundamental movement you should learn no matter what dance style you are learning. The Groove is what takes someone from just simply doing steps to dancing.

There are many different ways to Groove, but for Breakin' purposes, you will, for the most part, be doing a back groove or sometimes called an up groove.

For the back groove, you will be leaning back on the whole counts and resetting or leaning forward on the in between counts (the "and" counts)

Some tips for learning how to Groove:

  • Loosen up your body and relax into the movement vs. trying to force the movement causing you to become rigid or flexed.
  • Think of the Groove as bouncing between 2 points vs. sticking at each point. This will allow your body to flow through the movement.

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These tutorials are meant to help spread the knowledge I have been fortunate enough to come across throughout my years of dancing. By no means is this the only way to teach or learn how to dance, but this might be one way that helps someone further understand the art of Breakin'. To keep with the positive spirit of the dance community, all negative comments towards other people will be deleted immediately.

About the Author Darren R. Wong

Darren R. Wong is a member of The Kinjaz from NBC's World of Dance and has been teaching, performing and choreographing in the Hip Hop community for 13 years. He has also been a part of world-renowned Hip Hop organizations such as The Kinjaz, Culture Shock LA and Kaba Modern and spent 4 years on the faculty of the Claire Trevor School School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine as an adjunct lecturer of Breakin'. For more information about Darren click here

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