Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Korean B-Boy Dance Groups Spread Korean Wave into World Arena

In the early 70’s, African American and Puerto Rican teens developed a new style of dance called breaking in South Bronx, New York City. Breaking is a main component of hip-hop culture, and is represented by its practitioners known as b-boys. This dance form was introduced to Korea in the early 90s as hip-hop music fused with Korean pop. Younger Korean generations became wildly excited at this new aspect of culture. Such movement expressed by the human body managed to transcend borders and appeal to Korea’s image-sensitive youth. Languages also did not matter to them, because the dance moves alone conveyed universal emotions and ideas that were easily interpreted by all. Because break dancing conveys the dancer’s thoughts and feelings, it has become a new medium of expression for this young generation.

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