South Florida Breakdance History: No Bodies Crew Spin Heads in West Palm Beach
Breakdancing will never die, it just looks cool. Above is a recently uplaoded video of the No Bodies Crew breakdancing in downtown West Palm Beach. They are an active, professional crew who will work for hire at bar and bat mitzvhas, parties and corporate events. But what's South Florida's breakdancing history like? Take a look at our media timeline of local breakdance footnotes.
1984 : The Miami Herald publishes a 2000 word article called "Club Scene Gives Teens Everything But Booze" in their Amusements section about four "Teen Discos" that opened up in Dade and Broward. This is back when the newspaper was the internet.
1985: The Miami Herald writes "Breakdancing wasn't around when Carter G. Woodson urged the celebration of Negro History Week in America. But the acrobatic dance steps will be a major part of Miami-Dade Community College's Black History Month celebrations."
1994: Miami New Times publishes an article titled "Pour and Tour." It is a booze cruise of Bird Road. Page 2 evidences Breakdancing's naturalization into pop culture. See, ""We played there," insists Ram centsn Corugedo, acknowledging the location's petite proportions. "It was called the Silver Bullet because it didn't have a name back then, just a neon Coors Light sign in the window. We had to move the pool table to play, it was so small. But it was great, we'd have all these rednecks trying to breakdance, spinning around on the floor."
2003: Miami New Times publishes an article titled "Where The B-Boys Are." The article features Speedy Legs, a legendary local breakdance hero. ""I was the first b-boy in Hialeah," the Havana-born dancer states emphatically. Arriving from Cuba on the freedom flights at the tender age of six months, he has enjoyed a slow but steady rise in the hip-hop game since his early days in the Hoffman Gardens Housing Projects.
2007: Miami New Times publishes a letter from Alex Martinez who says, "The best hip-hop event that I ever attended in Miami was Hip-Hop Elements, which was organized by Speedy Legs and Zulu Gremlin. I enjoyed meeting DJ Kool Herc and seeing my childhood friends, Ken Swift, Frosty Freeze, and Airborn-FBA. My street name in New York is Sphinx, and I am an original member of the Salsoul Brothers of the Upper West Side. My street name in Wynwood is Bodyguard. Peace!" The letter is a reaction to this great 2007 article about DJ Raw.