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Taking it to the Streets

Learn about Breakdancing!

Breakdancing, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling, is a vigorous style of street dancing that originated among Black youths in New York City in the early 1970s. The dance spread worldwide due to its popularity in the media. Now, Breakdance can be seen in countless movies, television programs, commercials, music videos, and at dance clubs. Join UMS artist facilitator and professional breakdancer Maurice Archer as he spins, jumps, rocks, and flips us through the artistry of Breakdancing. Get ready to bust a move!

To learn more about the history of Breakdancing, explore the accompanying slides and worksheets.

Maurice ArcherAbout the Artist

A father of 5, Archer was raised on Ann Arbor’s westside, developing a love for movement at a young age. Son of a US Army ranger and practitioner of martial arts Archer uses these concepts to add to his unique engaging teaching style providing a fun, enriching, and exciting learning experience!

Archer has taught break dancing for almost 2 decades and performs alongside his students at local festivals and special events.

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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

The 2022/23 Season of Performance Playground is supported by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

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