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  Roger Hill was a New York actor who played the leader of all the gnags of NYC in the 1979 classic "The Warriors" This movie depicts the 70's gang era in a cool fashion, and is a cult classic with memorable scenes like Cyrus giving a speech in a Bronx gang summit that sparked the killing of Cyrus and the premise of the movie, The warriors getting blamed for


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  If you are really on top of your Hip Hop History and Analogy game, then you would know all the underline subliminal messages by BBoys and the Movie "The Warriors. A Movie about New York City Gangs of the 70's that depicts a Peace Treaty in the Bronx, by a leader who wishes to unite all the gangs of NYC to take over the City.


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    For the record. We are both from Rock Steady Crew. Normski was a young child prodigy down with RSC. And made a great name forhimself back in the 80's. I have much respect for him and his brother SCOTTY. I had no intensions of battling him, I just had not seen him in years and wanted to see him get down.


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five deadly venom's 1978 trailer Shaw Brothers, Movie that breaks down 5 poisonous styles of fighting, and the master characters in this film fit each role to the T. So much inspiration for BBoys back in the days. We took concepts and flavas as well as moves. But it was the over all fantasy of the film that captured us.


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    Since my days of banging beats on the MailBox.  I first heard the live Tape of Flash Playing the Beat Box while Furious was Harmonizing. Since got my first Boss Dr Rhythm Beat Box back in 1981. Making Beats was an Element of Hip Hop to me.

The Other BBOY Meeting Ground for kids my age during the 70's
the SKELLY BOARD
Playing Skellies you would meet Bboys from all over
Cats would invade other neighborhoods just to Play Skellies!!!
and if somebody had a BOX and was rocking an L Brothas or Kool Herc Tape, it was ON! Cats was going OFF on the Skellie Board!

Skellie is a street game that you literally play


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  The first time I heard the song Apache (by the Incredible Bongo Band) Was in the mid 70's, And like any true soon to be BBoy, the song made me Nervous.


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A Young Mr Wiggles (early 80's)

At this point in dance I was heavily influenced by Suga Pop and Pop-n-Taco. They were my 2 main teachers. I was using allot of Suga Pop style Ground Moves and Pop-n-Taco's Animation. And my King Tut style was based on the wrist roll Tuts that Suga Pop taught me. Don't get it twisted, there is allot of me in there.


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Boogaloo (shing-a-ling, popcorn music) is a genre of Latin music and dance that was very popular in the United States in the late 1960s. Boogaloo originated in New York City among teenage Cubans and Puerto Ricans. The style was a fusion of popular African American R&B, rock and roll and soul with mambo and son montuno. Boogaloo entered the mainstream through the American Bandstand television program.

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PROFESSIONAL DANCE ADVICE from MR WIGGLES
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  Most people will believe that I am not an Industry Dancer. This is far from the truth. Me and my peers helped create the Hip Hop dance industry. We just apply a certain street code (morals) and Less compromise to the game. But as we learned early on. the more you lean on Hollywood.

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EARLY DAYS OF HIP HOP in the 80'S  

 Something people don't know, is that when Hip Hop first hit the Downtown scene, it was embraced by the Punk Rock Scene. As young Bronx Ghetto kids, we found ourselves surrounded by famous punk Rock Bands like BLONDIE and THE CLASH.


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  Cabell "Cab" Calloway III Born December 25, 1907 – Died November 18, 1994. A Great jazz singer Dancer, Performer and bandleader. Down with the Cotton Club scene in Harlem, New York, where he tour down the house on the regular.

  His trademark Scat style of singing influenced Flow in Hip Hop.


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    The Globe Trotters did moves that looked like Breakin, and IMHO it influenced BBoys in the 70's. Not just there moves, but the whole flow when they hit the ground. As a kid, I always thought that CURLY was a BBOY. Knee Slides, Spins, Glides, Flow, and sometimes moves that look like Footwork with one hand. There is no doubt they inspired BBoys in the 70's.


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FINALLY: CHINA PROMOTERS FED UP WITH THE "HIP HOP" CATEGORY CONFUSION! So they are now calling it "HIP HOP BREAKING" and "HIP HOP FREESTYLE" Can the rest of the PROMOTERS around the WORLD GET IT RIGHT AS WELL? also: If you call yourself a HIP HOP DANCER, YOU MUST LEARN HIP HOP CULTURE HISTORY! If Your so called HIP HOP TEACHER does not Teach you HIP


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Created by Yours Trully, Mr Wiggles back when I was a kid in the Bronx. I Made this move up in the mid 80's by watching a movie called "White Nights" Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Gregory Hines. There was a scene where Barishnikov did a forward ballet step that looked like a slide. So I took the step, and added a glide to it, and it felt smooth.


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The Force MC's were Statin Island's original  Claim to fame, the crew that put Strong Island on the map before Wu Tang Clan.

The group started in 1981, Comprised by brothers Stevie D., Antoine "T.C.D." Lundy, Rodney "Khalil" Lundy, and their uncle Jessie Lee Daniels.


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Latin Rascals were premier DJ/Edit masters. Two time Grammy Nominated DJ/REMIX KINGS! Anthony "Tony" Moran and Albert Cabrera. When they teamed up in 1981, They became New York Sensations when there Mixes were featured on WKTU radio station. History was made with these master mixes, and it is a blessing that we now have them on youtube. Enjoy music history and great DJ master mixes by the Latin Rascals.


  

Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie (born June 11, 1939)  considered an inovator of funk drumming. He is known for  "The Purdie Shuffle" and "Ghost Notes".

His credits:  Played the Break Beat on Aretha Franklyn's "Rock Steady", Worked with James Brown, featured on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978),   recently he was the drummer for the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair and appeared on the associated Broadway cast recording.


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photo by Wayne Sorce (Life Magazine in January of 1983)

If you are Hip Hop?
The Ultimate Mr Wiggles Rant >=/

-If the Only Question you have about HIP HOP is "How do I Get an Agent?"
YOUR NOT HIP HOP!
-If You Call yourself HIP HOP, But you Only Dance to POP Music =/
Your Not HIP HOP!!
-If You Call yourself HIP HOP, Yet 90% of whats

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3 Rounds do not a Battle Make =/
photo by: Martha cooper

  This is not a Shot at today's Battle Events and Contests. All Originals agree that today's events have kept the scene alive and kicking and offer a way for dancers like myself to make an honest living in HIP HOP and FUNK STYLES dance.

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If Pictures are worth a thouisand word, This one shot says it all. Taken at the ROXY (famus roller rink converted into the first down town Hip Hop club) early 80's, it shows Futura 2000 Writing (graffiti), Mr Freeze in a Boogie pose, Crazy Legs in a Baby Freeze, and  Take One in a Bridge Freeze, MC's rocking the mic, and a crowd of BBoys/BGirls, Nuff Said.


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   bua sketch of mr wigglesJustin Bua is probably the most well known Urban Artist on the planet. I am sure either you, or someone you know has a Bua poster on his or her wall right now. He grew up in the same streets as many original Hip Hop Icons like Frosty Freeze (RIP) and Ken Swift. And has lived the life of a New York Street Style Dancer and Artist.


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  Museum of science, art, invention, technology and fantasy in its South Bronx location from 1978-1993. In the early 80's a gallery in the South Bronx offered there space to Graffiti Writers and BBoys/BGirls to present Hip Hop Culture. They featured Graffiti Gallery's with famous wroters like Crash, Lee, Daze, and even famed Pop Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.


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Jazz dance is a Street Style Dance! It was the Hoofers/Tap Dancers, The Big Apple, Charlston, and more! Get this right yall, then it transformed into a stage performance style, and that is fine, but the roots are still with African American Street Dancers!!!  Today's Commercial Dance style is not Hip Hop Dance, it comes from a long line of JAZZ dance that borrowed moves from Street style dancers, or


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PEOPLE: Yall can Learn POPPING, HIP HOP/BREAKING, LOCKING, ect. Yall can  discipline yourself to POP on BEAT. You can even mimic Feeling by Singing the words, and Acting out the song while POPPING/HIP HOP.


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Grandmaster Flash

Joseph Saddler (born January 1, 1958 in Bridgetown, Barbados) Rasied in the Bronx, Made his mark as one of the original top Hip Hop DJ's in New York, with his trademark invention of the "CrossFader" (created a switch that let him toggle from the left to the right turntabel) His Cutting and Scratching has influenced the DJ world along with his Speed.


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Afrika Bambaataa

  Kevin Donovan (born April 19, 1957), Afrika Bambaataa from the Bronx, was originally a member of the Black Spades. He is considered the Real Father of Hip Hop as a Culture. Many will say that "Kool Herc Started it, but Bambaataa Fathered it", into what it has become today.


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DJ Kool Herc


Clive Campbell (born April 16, 1955) DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Herc, Born in Jamaica, Relocated to the Bronx New York.


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Disco King Mario


Disco King Mario (1956-1994) Bronx NY, member of the Black Spades and Chuck Chuck city crew. He Influenced all the pioneers of Hip Hop Culture. From the Bronxdale housing projects, and also where he held most of his Jams. He and the famous Chuck Chuck City Crew developed there own style of Rocking the partys with underground Disco and Funk.


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The Mean Machine

Mr. Schick , Jimmy Mac, Cool Cliff  and DJ Julio 

The Mean Machine Were the first Latin Rap group to produce songs like Disco Dream, and Spanish Fly. They were also on the Sugar Hill Record Label.

History

The crew was developed in the late 70's and went thruogh several crewmate changes before finalizing the crew.


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10 questions for BBoy Promoters:
1: does a BBoy event mean only Boys are allowed?
2: are BGirls allowed to battle in a BBoy contest? And the same vise versa?
3: can a BGirl teach BGirling at her BBoy workshop? As well as BBoying?
4: if BGirls are allowed at your BBoy Jam, can the BBoys dance WITH the Bgirls? Or only Battle them?

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WHAT IS NOT HIP HOP DANCE?
-WACKING
-VOUGING
-STREET JAZZ (today's Street Jazz is Neither Street, Nor JAZZ!!!)
-HOUSE
I LOVE ALL OF THESE STYLES! But They are NOT HIP HOP DANCE!
How the hell can you win a HIP HOP CONTEST with WACKING!
That is LIKE a BBOY winning a LOCKING Battle with HEADSPINS!
WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO ALLOW THIS?
This Shiet Makes

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If you are Hip Hop?
The Ultimate Mr Wiggles Rant >=/

-If the Only Question you have about HIP HOP is "How do I Get an Agent?"
YOUR NOT HIP HOP!
-If You Call yourself HIP HOP, But you Only Dance to POP Music =/
Your Not HIP HOP!!
-If You Call yourself HIP HOP, Yet 90% of whats on your iPod is POP Music >=/ Your Not HIP HOP!!!

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10 questions for BBoy Promoters:
1: does a BBoy event mean only Boys are allowed?
2: are BGirls allowed to battle in a BBoy contest? And the same vise versa?
3: can a BGirl teach BGirling at her BBoy workshop? As well as BBoying?
4: if BGirls are allowed at your BBoy Jam, can the BBoys dance WITH the Bgirls? Or only Battle them?

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3 Rounds do not a Battle Make =/
photo by: Martha cooper

  This is not a Shot at today's Battle Events and Contests. All Originals agree that today's events have kept the scene alive and kicking and offer a way for dancers like myself to make an honest living in HIP HOP and FUNK STYLES dance.

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The Latest

Reimi RSC Crew


Throwing Down

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Tokyo Class


Killer Kids again!

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Sendai Japan Class


Kids were Rockin!

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Kyusyu Workshop 2014

Class in Kyusyu was off the Chain! Click the link and see: 

Okinawa Workshop

Okinawa was Great! The class was packed, and we drilled hard Popping and Grooving, did a great combination, and lecture on Hip Hop and Funk Styles. when in Okinawa visit Zephyr Studios, Home of Bitter Box Sisters (best Female Locking Duo) Also Haruki i is a Great Popper and Instructor.

Bua Paints Hip Hop

Justin Bua is probably the most well known Urban Artist on the planet. I am sure either you, or someone you know has a Bua poster on his or her wall right now. He grew up on the same streets as many original Hip Hop Icons like Frosty Freeze (RIP) and Ken Swift. And has lived the life of a New York Street Style Dancer and Artist. His paintings sell all over the world, and his client list is a who's who of the Music, Athletic and Political world. For this brother to honor me in such a way has touched me deep, because I never really look at myself as an achiever, but more as a person who is still striving to achieve. 

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