Top 25 Craziest Breakdance Moves

Posted by on May 23, 2012

If you think you’ve seen the best dance moves, then think again. Breakdancing utilizes elements of martial arts, gymnastics, and even yoga. Today, break dancers, better known as Bboys or Bgirls, have pushed the limits of the human body to the point of almost defying gravity. Straight from the underground dance scene, get ready to witness the top 25 craziest breakdance moves!

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Windmills

Windmill Breakdance Move We start with the most recognizable move- the windmill. Originally borrowed from Kung fu, this move was used to spring up from the floor without using your hands. Now, the move has evolved into a continuous motion in which the dancer can perpetually rotate around his or her upper body. You can use your hands, forearms, elbows, or head to propel your momentum. The variations are endless!
24

Headspins

Headspin Breakdance Move Warning: Do not do this move on concrete… for obvious reasons. The headspin is probably the most iconic and most unnatural move in breakdancing. Although its origins are derived from capoeira, Kid freeze has claimed to have invented the ‘continuous headspin’. Today, the move has been mastered by bboys around the world. In fact Bboy Aichi, from Japan, holds the Guiness World record for 135 rotations in 1 minute.
23

Jackhammers

Jackhammer Breakdance Move You’ll come to find that many bboy moves do not actually look exactly like they sound. Such is the case for the jackhammer. This move may look impossible, but it’s actually just a matter of manipulating balance. It utilizes a technique called “stabbing, in which you support your entire bodyweight by placing your elbow on the stomach at a 90 degree angle. With the proper set up and a little leg push, the jackhammer is born.
22

Head Slide

Head Slide Breakdance Move Beginners, do not try this move without proper training and supervision. The headslide is an unnatural move and requires a lot of strength and support from the neck muscles. Just keep one thing in mind when doing this move: make sure you have hair.
21

Baby Spins

Baby Spins Move This move is new. In fact, it’s so new, I had to make up a name for it. The ‘baby’ comes from a baby freeze, one of breakdancing’s most basic freezes. Basically, you quickly move in a circle while in this freeze. Not many bboys consider this a typical powermove yet, but it sure is becoming popular.
20

Hand Hops

Hand Hops Breakdance Move

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This move originated in Capoeira, a traditional Brazilian martial art. Both hands push off the ground while the legs kick back and forth in a scissor-like motion to a simulate hopping. This may be a surprise, but holding a one-hand handstand isn’t a prerequisite. The key to this move is the ‘push and catch’ of each hop. As long as you master this, you can simply redistribute balance for a split second in between each hop before pushing off again.

19

Flares

Flare Breakdance Move Borrowed from gymnastics, this move requires a lot of upper body strength, relying on the arms, back, and core. Basically, the legs move in a circle around the body without touching the ground. The wider the legs are, the easier it is to carry momentum and to keep the hips high. So, just a helpful hint: having a wide straddle split will make this move a whole lot easier.
18

Air Flares

Air Flare Breakdance Move If you performed this move 20 years ago, people thought that you could defy all laws of physics. But today, it is regularly practiced powermove. It originated from doing a flare with the body almost inverted and hips exceptionally high. A little hop when traveling from hand to the other is what makes this move extraordinarily different. There are many variations, from keeping the legs piked together to catching with the forearms. It’s such a beautiful move that even gymnasts have begun adding it into floor routines.
17

Buddha Spins

Buddha Spins Breakdance Move Buddha spins are another recently invented move. People used to think this move was athletically difficult. Yet, it is becoming more and more common for bboys everywhere. You actually shift your body weight from one hand to the other. The hands control the rotation while the core is kept tight throughout the entire move.
16

Deadman Float

UFO Breakdance Move Another gymnastics based move, the deadman float relies on momentum more than strength. The prerequisite is the UFO float, a similar move where the knees are bent and closer to the arms. However, the deadman is different because it takes a lot more core strength. Imagine doing a planche, but instead of holding the position you move your entire body in a circle. Sounds difficult right?
15

Elbow Hops

Elbow Hop Breakdance Move Instead of using the palm of the hand to support your weight, someone thought it was a good idea to use the entire forearm instead. You get slightly better balance, but the shoulder now absorbs more shock. As depicted above, variations can make this move look really cool.
14

2000s

2000s Breakdance Move This move is an illusion. Instead of both hands being flat on the ground, one hand supports all of the weight. While spinning on the palm of this supporting hand, the other hand is placed conveniently on top. You need two things in order to maintain momentum- one is a strong set-up initiated by the swinging of the legs and the other is a stable handstand in order to stay in the upright position. To generate even more momentum, bboys tighten the core and gradually bring the legs together.
13

Boomerangs

Boomerangs Breakdance Move The name of this move comes from the ‘V’ shape made by keeping the legs afloat. You need both quad muscle strength and a lot of hip flexibility to support your weight on your hands while bending forward. Speed is what makes boomerangs dynamic. So, most bboys use other powermoves to transition into this one.
12

1990s

1990s Breakdance Move Have you ever wondered what ballerina pirouette looks like upside-down? Well, wonder no more. The 1990 is a spinning one-handed handstand. Bboy Cico is famous for cranking out these spins almost effortlessly. In fact, he holds the world record for 27 spins.
11

Air Chair Spins

Airchair Spin The air chair is exactly what it sounds like. But instead of “sitting” on an actual chair, you hold your body up with one hand while in mocked seated position. If you transition into this move from a windmill with enough momentum, you get the air chair spin. Some bboys like to wear a smooth cloth or glove covering the palm to maintain momentum.
Leonard Deleon

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Leonard graduated with a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Florida, and is currently a pharmacy student. Amongst being a student and worker, his hobbies include fitness, breakdancing, yoga, reading, memorizing, and learning. While he plans to complete a residency and become a hospital pharmacist in any field relating to nutrition or diabetes, his life-long goals include optimizing mental, physical, and social health and implementing this mindset in practice.

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  • bboy flex

    How do i get to learn to do windmill and flare

    • http://StreetMindz.com Zlatko Jankovski

      If you learn from begining the combination between both you will get both moves fast and with right technic. that means one round flair and one round windmill. over the ellbow. its like you would do the jump turtle (how you hold your elbow in this move) And now go from windmile to flair everytime with holding your ellbow on your stomach. This helps you a lot to come up and go down. i hope it helps other wise ask again.

  • bboy BONEZ

    look these mooves are inpressive create yur own style yolo swag

  • This are not craziest breakdance moves…

    This are not craziest breakdance moves…I know you it is from your opinion but in that case, you have to add this in the TITLE!

    • Circus clown

      lol dumbass

  • Tinashe Muegirl Kucheka

    i made my move named 300s,i luv bboy guyz.

  • BENJAMIN

    And where did you find video of baby spin

    • Tinashe Muegirl Kucheka

      you find on vuclip so wats up Benjamin.

  • bboy ace

    yo man those moves are sick

  • Bboy T.R1.43

    Did anyone notice that all of these are powermoves instead of freezes? What about FLAG freeze or SPINNING FLAG?!!!…..and why isn’t Halo or Barrel mills listed?

  • pf

    Why barrel mills and lotus windmills aren’t listed

  • Tevin Her

    wow im only a beginner knowing only 2 power moves i got to learn more.

    • Dude

      Just develop your own style. It takes a long time, but you’ll realize what your body is good at, and if you feel the music, you’ll get better in an organic way. Too many cats think they need a certain move (currently airchairs and airflares) to be good. Not true. Also, by just listening to your body and getting a foundation, you won’t just be following trends and might be actually original. A final note, there’s not a single bboy in the world with all of these moves.

  • commonERA

    Pretty wack, I mean where the hell are halos, Bboy Morris one hand air swipes , hopping inverts and his elbow tip spins off a flare? Where is Hong 10s halo walkovers and brahims inverted pike 1990s? Kmels no handed headswipes and Bboy juniors spinning fla or spinning air baby?

    • riggis

      halobacks are the hardest of all esp. hand halos go on youtube and put quest crew complication
      : )

    • Dude

      It’s a list of bboy moves. Of course it’s not the Bible of bboying, since any dance is way more than moves. Just accept it for what it is, a very general audience article that is getting some of our culture out to a larger community. So what if a few names of moves are different than what I learned from my friends when we practiced? Most readers won’t remember half of this anyway, so this is really just a gateway to spark their attention. Yeah, it should be as true to form as possible, but it’s not a bad thing for our culture at all, even if you can nitpick.

      • Simon

        Very well said! Hip hop is a culture in itself and exceeds all regional boundaries. We all represent the effect of hip hop on us all! I agree with this list on the most part though. Well time to unfollow this cancerous thread! Peace fellow bboys/bgirls! Lets all keep hop hop alive!

  • Gary

    Tell me some easiest bboy freeze

    • Simon

      The baby freeze (obviously named) or turtle freeze.

      • riggis

        turtle freeze is different to baby freeze

        • Simon

          Yea I know. I was just listing 2 of some of the easiest bboying moves. I was not referring them as the same one.

  • Edward Wain-Nye

    shot that was off the hook! i wonder how long it took them to do all those crazy moves

  • Jairus

    I’m going to be the number 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’!”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bboy Blaze out

  • rodney

    this stuff is cool

  • Spence

    Hakos are harder than head spins. Why arnt they listed? And munchmillz 2.

  • dss

    Since you’ve put a move associated only with 1 bboy ( taisuke ), you should have gone with the kingspin also, arguably the most original move in bboying ( courtesy of bboy cloud )

    • commonERA

      your an idiot because boys have been using that long before cloud, . I saw kmel do that with my own eyes back in 98 and kazuhhiro has been doing that since his early days. Stupid fanboy

  • Dennis Andrew

    Nyc. Moves. Am realy wiling to learn

    • Dominika

      these moves are crazyy!!! :D

  • benjamin

    maaan i didn’t know that baby spin realy egsist becaue, I,m doing it for half of the year

  • Hakiri herbert

    I want to learn bboy

  • Tafadzwa Demba

    Awesome moves!

  • Kevin Tong

    How come Halo’s aren’t in this list?

  • Seize Design

    amazing breakdance images.