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Bust a Move

Sunday, December 16, 2012

B-boy J-V practices a breakdance move as he choreographs his routine at H.V. Griffin Park.
(T-G photo by Jim Davis) [Order this photo]
B-boy J-V is his name and breakdancing is his game -- or, we should say, his passion.

The Shelbyville Central graduate has more moves than a cat walking across a hot stove. Just watching his impromptu routines may make you want to find a couch and take a nap.

"I saw a friend of mine do this type of dancing about three years ago and I fell in love with it," said J-V, 19. "And ever since I saw him do this type of dance I have been trying to improve and get better.

"I go to YouTube to watch videos to discover new moves and go to Rocketown in Nashville to watch those boys and girls that really know how it's done. I am always trying to learn more and get better each day."

Little time, much work

J-V is a third shift worker at Calsonic. His work schedule limits his time to work on tweaking his various breakdancing moves.

"There was a group of us that used to practice together but we either work or go to school so for us to get together to practice isn't as frequent as we would like," said J-V, taking a break and sitting on a bench at H.V. Griffin Park pavilion.

"So coming to the park and working out on my own to improve is what I have to do. But I enjoy doing this. So practicing by myself, just me and my music, is fine."

Lots of action

Breakdancing, or breaking as it is sometimes called, is a style of street dancing that is said to have had its start as part of the hip hop culture. Built around primary elements called toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes, it is a fast-paced, sometimes non-choreographed performance.

Add in movements like floats, where it appears you are floating above the ground; popping, which involves sudden and quick movements, locking when the dancer stops certain body parts while the dancer moves other parts of their body,; and J-V's signature move, called windmilling.

"I really like doing windmills," J-V said. "I do both big ones and small ones but the baby windmills are my favorite.

"I practice them more than any other part of the breakdancing so I can get better at them. I want them go be the best part of my dance when I get a chance to compete."

Goals in mind

Although he says his level in breakdancing his way below those of others, J-V is all about improving to some day reach that level.

"I have competed at Rocketown but I am not where I would like to be as far as being good at this," said J-V. "Some of those that are at Rocket Town are on a much higher level that I am but I am working and learning from others to get to the point I want to be."

Participants in the breakdancing are called B-boys and girls, B-girls.

"I was inspired by a friend of mine to start breakdancing and I have hopefully inspired other friends of mine to get involved also." J-V said. "I have certainly stayed inspired for over three years with no end in sight.

"Breakdancing is something that I hope I can do for a long time because I really do enjoy it."

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