Research and other investigations by Matthew Niederhauser out of Beijing, China.

B-Boys & B-Girls: Breakdancing in the Jing

Breakdancers throw down at Section Six at Yugongyishan

Getting down to funky beats in China has been around much longer than grabbing the mic and spitting rhymes. Many point to pirated tapes of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo getting wide circulation in the late eighties as really triggering the b-boy and b-girl movement. More established breakdancing scenes in Korea and Japan also influenced and catalyzed rockers in China. Now there are dance crews all over major cities with Beijing and Shanghai at the epicenter of this urban dance movement. One of the best places to catch these kids throw down on the dance floor in Beijing is the Section Six hip hop party held on the last Saturday of every month at Yugong Yishan, but competitions are held on the regular throughout the city. Otherwise there are plenty of dance studios in town if you feel like practicing before busting a move in public.

Breakdancers throw down at Section Six at YugongyishanBreakdancers throw down at Section Six at YugongyishanBreakdancers throw down at Section Six at Yugongyishan

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    6 Responses

    1. sarah jane grant

      hey i am moving to beijing. i am a break dancers and i am trying to find crews to train with and just more about the scene there. Any links, advice, contacts would be welcome.

      Thanks

      June 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

    2. Lilly

      Hello!

      I am an exchange student from the US looking to practice with some Beijing bboys and bgirls and to get involved with the hip hop community. Could you put me in contact with some of these folks? I would really appreciate that, thank you!

      Your photos are wonderful by the way! They really capture the closeness, the freshness, and the essence of the dance.

      Many thanks!
      Best,
      Lilly

      April 10, 2013 at 12:34 am

    3. Marcel

      Hey Lilly

      Have you had any luck finding a BBoy scene in Beijing? I’m looking for people to Jam and train with too whilst I’m here 8), I’m from the UK.

      E-mail – m_blanes@live.co.uk

      Thanks,
      Marcel
      X

      July 16, 2013 at 1:24 am

    4. Marcel

      Sup Lils 8)

      Any luck finding any BBoys/BGirls in Beijing?
      I’m from the UK and am looking for some breakers to jam with too, get back to me on my e-mail and here if you get this :).

      Marcel

      m_blanes@live.co.uk

      July 18, 2013 at 6:00 am

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    6. Maria

      Hello there!

      My crew from Sardinia is coming to Beijing in a week for a breakdance theatre show. Can you give me any contact of some crew in Beijing where we can meet and make some contest or training? Thanks :)

      October 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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