(This article is authored by Alar...a freelance content writer)
'Why he is throbbing in the floor like a head chopped goat?' - a popular comedy scene in Vijay starred 'Thalaiva' which we have seen many times and that famous breaking dance, which the comedian had made fun of, is now officially entering into Olympics 2024, which has become a piece of dessert news for b-boys and b-girls all over the world now. Yes, you heard this right. In a significant breakthrough that would be etched on the dancing corridors, this dance sport will make its Olympic debut in the 2024 Olympic games that would be hosted by Paris.
Is breakdance democratized in society? On one side, the famous Bharathanatyam, western, contemporary, and even folk dance performances get the red-carpet attention more than enough and many dance studios are there for the future dancers who are connected to such arts and talents. However, on the other side, break dancers are practiced in streets and abandoned buildings from the corners of the cities. It's rare to hear from parents who say, "My son/daughter will become a breakdancer" than "......will become a Bharathanatyam or folk dancer".
Breakdancing has been a burgeoning scene in India over the last few years, specifically as a state of gateway for boys arriving from low-income or deprived backdrops. Among the mothers, who used to feed their kids by showing cartoons to them, I still remember that my brother and I were grown by watching MJ's albums and our popular Kollywood actor Prabhudeva's 90s choreographed dance songs.
How this Bboying dance became the dancesport? They say it originated in the 1970s-80s, from the underground fight clubs of Brooklyn, now it has gone beyond the edges of countries. It became globally popular due to huge support from media and local groups. Apart from these, Michael Jackson's moonwalk- a step involves the style of moving the feet backward and lifting, where it touched hearts of many audiences across and beyond the borders, which is the leading factor for the breaking dance to get enough limelight.
The artists say that this dance enhances their body weight as these steps help in improving flexibility and the movements resist against their own weight. In India, there may be 800 men and just 40 women in a competitive community. As the breaking dance mostly contains b-boys in the early 2000s, less than two decades on and the scene has changed dramatically. How're female artists cope up with this art form? A b-girl said to South china morning post, "Breaking isn't just about strength and whatever some guys might think...it's also about flexibility and patience. Being a b-girl is my way of redefining feminity by combining masculine and feminine elements which are part of all of us".
Originating from the streets of urban cities, how it occupied a seat in the Olympics? The Paris Games organizers had recommended 'Breaking Dance' to be included because they wanted to deliver a programme that is in keeping with the times and will attract a new and younger audience. According to IOC Chief Thomas Bach, "The introduction of breakdancing was one of the results of the Olympic Agenda 2020. We had a clear priority to introduce sports particularly popular among the younger generation and taking into consideration the urbanization of sport".
Karam Singh, who is a British breaker, told BBC Sport, "Breaking's inclusion in the Olympics is going to be great for breaking as it gives us more recognition as a sport". "For the Olympics, it will attract young people who may not follow some of the traditional sports", Singh added. The breaking dance is officially inducted to the 2024 games on Monday and following the significant breakthrough, Shawn Tay, the president of the World Dance Sport Federation has hailed the decision and said, "It is a historic occasion not only for b-boys and b-girls but for all dancers around the world".
"It was a true team effort to get to this moment and we will redouble our efforts in the lead-up to the Olympic Games to make sure the breaking competition at Paris 2024 will be unforgettable", Tay added with hope. With Breakdance; Skateboarding, surfing, and climbing also joining the Paris 2024 Olympic game programme.
The International Olympic Committee decided to add these to the games because their aim was to include sports that can be shared on social media, in the means of getting around, forms of expression, lifestyles in their own right, sports that are practiced every day in the street and elsewhere.. simply the sport should lie between the thin line of dance and artform.. it should engage young people more.
Paris 2024 organizers reported there would be a total of 32 athletes who would officially be referred to as B-boys and B-girls. After seeing the biggy response, the breakdance received the last 2018 summer at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, the expectations for the 2024 Olympics are heating up.