Top rock is probably the most underrated aspect of breakin. It’s actually one of the main part of the dance. It’s the first thing people see when a BBOY steps in the cypher – the first impression. Fresh TOP ROCK shows that a BBOY got style and knows how to dance and groove to the music. TOP ROCK was the first manifestation of BBOYING before dancers went down to the floor. James Brown is usually referred as one of the main influence by the creators but the inspirations went from mambo dancers to cartoon characters.
In this video Rock Steady Members Fable, Mr Freeze and Fever one together with pioneer Trac 2 break down some TOP ROCK fundamentals in front of a fresh PART TDS burner.
In the second video YNOT (Rock Steady) shows how it should be done. Rocking the classic It’s Just Begun by the Jimmy Castor Bunch (2nd run) at the RSC 30th Anniversary.
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