Breakdancers hope Olympic inclusion will boost their appeal

Emma Bouch standing in a dance studio

Emma Bouch runs a dance class programme in Lincolnshire (BBC)

Breakdancers hope the sport’s appearance at the Olympics will increase its appeal to a wider audience.

The street dance discipline, known as breaking, has been chosen to be part of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, which will take place from July 26 to August 11.

Competitors, known as b-boys and b-girls, are judged not only on their technical skills, but also on their creativity and style, with strength, speed, rhythm and agility all taken into account.

Instructor Jordan Wildman said it was “a huge achievement” for breakdancing.

A dancer spinning on his head in a dance studioA dancer spinning on his head in a dance studio

Instructor Jordan Wildman demonstrates head rotation (BBC)

The Paris 2024 Olympics organizing committee has indicated that it wants to include popular sports in the program for new and younger audiences.

Mr Wildman added: “It will be great to have this style recognised on this platform.

“This should generate greater interest among a new wave of dancers and learners.”

Emma Bouch, dance development manager for the Hub in Sleaford, explained that breaking is just one discipline within street dance.

“Streetdance is an umbrella term, so you have hip-hop, popping, locking, krump and then breakdancing, which is kind of the creator of it,” she said.

“It’s evolved from the streets, now it’s arrived in the studios, on stage and now at the Olympics, which is incredible.”

Students at Jumpstart dance class in North Hykeham said they were delighted to see their hobby on TV.

Teenager Malik, 17, said he was “excited” when he found out it was part of the Olympics.

Photo of dancer Malik in a dance studioPhoto of dancer Malik in a dance studio

Teenager Malik is keen to see breakdancing feature on the Olympics programme (BBC)

Kayden, 15, hopes it will have a positive impact on people who might want to get into breakdancing.

He said: “Maybe people who would never have tried breakdancing will look at it at the Olympics and say, ‘I want to try that.’

Reece, 11, who had only been with the group for a few months, added: “It’s a sport I love and now that it’s being recognised at the Olympics I’m really happy.”

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