If you look up ‘Breakdance’ on Wikipedia it’ll tell you that it was invented in the 1970s in African-American and Puerto Rican communities of the Bronx, New York, and “done by people who are part of the hip hop culture”.
We at Sick Chirpse know better – because we’ve uncovered this video from The Library of Congress (graciously titled ‘A street Arab’), which shows a young lad busting out some break dance moves in 1898.
That’s before anyone knew what hip hop was – before 2Pac was even a sperm in his daddy’s balls. In fact, it was so long ago that 2Pac’s dad was still a sperm in 2Pac’s granddad’s balls.
The video’s description says the kid is “performing acrobatic stunts”. Sure enough he pulls off a few super flexible flips before totally doing a head spin at around 0:30. Maybe he was some kind of circus act or contortionist, maybe they thought he was harbouring some kind of evil dancing demon inside his body and burned him at the stake. What is certain is that no one could have known that this little fella was the godfather of breakdancing.
Weird fact: This was filmed by Thomas Edison, the guy who invented the lightbulb and phonograph. Huh.
Check out the video below:
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