Hittin’ The Streets With The NYC Tranzformerz

Elizabeth A. Burbach


Burbach, Elizabeth A. “Hittin’ The Streets With The NYC Tranzformerz.” New York Folklore, vol. 39:1-2, 2013. pp. 32-35.


For almost four decades, b-boying, otherwise known as breaking or break dancing, has been a staple of New York City street life. B-boying is an artistic and improvisational mode of non-verbal communication and competition between individuals and groups, usually in relationship to music. It arose out of the streets of the South Bronx in the early 1970s and, at times, became an alternative to gang fighting: that is, a non-violent resolution to the problems of the street through the creative use of the body, mind, and space without weapons.

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