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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Get the Lowdown on Getting Down

Www.break-dance.ru
Long after Michael Jackson first moonwalked, Russia's b-boys are keeping the craze alive on the Arbat.

Emerging in inner city America in the mid-'80s -- and spawning a series of cult films and specialized clothing -- the energetic dance has since spread around the world and developed its own culture. In keeping with the times, breaking has hit Russian cyberspace at www.break-dance.ru.

This site has got the gravity-defying tricks -- and the clothing, music and personalities -- that keep this craze alive here. There's actually a series of step-by-step lessons that can teach lazy web surfers how to head spin, flare and hollowback.

If you're having trouble with those tricks, other break-dancers -- or b-boys, as they call themselves -- might be able to help you out at the Forum section, where visitors mainly exchange advice about their favorite moves. There are other forums on offer where visitors can discuss break-dancing teams and upcoming competitions.

To see the masters strut their stuff, the site's authors have collected dozens of photos from various competitions featuring Russia's finest break-dancers in action. But if you need more than just helpful hints, the site has a list of break-dancing schools all around Russia.

The Articles section has a collection of essays from break-dancers all over the country, as well as interviews, while the Videos section offers a series of clips that visitors can download to check out scenes from past break-dancing competitions, including the famous Battle Under Moscow.

Every break-dancer, beginner or veteran, needs tunes, so Break-dance.ru has compiled a greatest-hits list of albums for b-boys -- featuring James Brown, Afrika Bambaataa and the Flying Steps. The site's authors have selected some of the more interesting albums for special recommendation and review.

The site has links to the sites of Russia's most well-known break-dancing teams as well as hip-hop sites and even a graffiti site.