I was a wannabe b-girl. For a big chunk of my teenage years, my notebooks and binders were drawn with little guys doing windmills or head spins. If there were ever breaking crew trading cards, I would of wanted to collect them. I listened to Tour De France by Kraftwerk or this Jackson Sisters track as breakdancing consumed me. But I was afraid of battling and the stupid consequence of breaking my glasses. I tried to practice with my friends after school but I was usually too chicken to dance in front of people, especially when it came to the big scary break circle at school dances, super intimidating.
We used to go to breaking events to see the different crews do their thing. Radiotron in Los Angeles and the B-boy Summits come to mind. I saw the legendary B-girl Asia One of the Rock Steady Crew from afar and couldn’t help but think, hey, she’s like me! She was an amazing role model for b-girl wannabes. I really appreciate the fact that they were doing something for young people, organizing, providing them places to dance and have an outlet. It always felt empowering.
At the time, hardly any girls were seen breaking, at least not in my school. I was a big tomboy and my friend Lesley was really good at popping! We geeked out over watching videos and tried to practice after school. My guy buddies taught me some moves and we’d haul linoleum floors around town, from donut shops to parks, garages or living rooms.
Whenever I catch videos of breaking online, I still get goose bumps. I haven’t given it much thought about it over the years until recently when I started to make my new zine. After hours of drawing and catching up on some breaking videos online, snippets of my high school days flashed back. I learned about these seemingly impossible and ever evolving dance moves, ones that didn’t exist in my youth. I had to look up what Elbow Chair Spins, Chair Flares and Elbow Hops were all about.
I savored those breakdancing wannabe days and drew these moves collected in this little zine. I hope you will find it fresh.