Afrika Bambaataa and Break Dancing

One story about how “break” dancing got its name concerns Afrika Bambaataa, an African-American in the Bronx in New York City who led a gang called the Zulu Kings that was more interested in dancing than in fighting. Another gang challenged the Zulu Kings to a fight, but Mr. Bambaataa suggested that they take a break from beating people up and instead compete in dancing.

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