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  • So what exactly is Breakin'?
    Breakin', also known as Breakdancing, is a powerful and dynamic style of dance that originated in the Bronx, New York in the 1970's as a healthy outlet for the youth to turn from harmful gang activity to a more positive and constructive alternative. Today, Breakin' is practiced all around the world and will even debut as an official Olympic sport in the upcoming Paris Olympic Games, 2024. It is a very athletic and physically demanding style of dance, but is also a creative art form at the same time that encourages individuals to find and express their own unique character and style, and develop their sense of confidence.
  • What is a cypher?
    A cypher is a Breakin' term used to describe a dance circle where dancers take turns going in the middle of the circle and dancing in a nonverbal exchange of dance concepts, moves, and ideas. Cyphers are not a competition with a winner and loser, but are intended to share the love and joy of dance, and can be seen wherever Breakin' is going on. We incorporate cyphers into our sessions at The Lab for students to practice putting their moves together, having fun, and building confidence.
  • I'm signed up for my first class at The Lab! I'm so excited, but I don't know what type of clothing or shoes I should wear, and what else to bring. Help!
    Great question! Having the right clothing and shoes is very important for Breaking. We encourage students to wear loose fitting clothes that allow flexibility and are not too tight or restricting, like what you might wear to the gym. Pants are also recommended to protect the knees. As for shoes, most athletic shoes/sneakers will work, but shoes with a rubber sole tend to perform best, because they can grip the floor better than foam soled shoes which have a tendency to slide on the floor. Please avoid wearing heavy boots, sandals, or heels to class. Other than that, make sure to bring a water bottle to class for water breaks! We also have a water fountain here on site.
  • How strict is the age recommendation for the Little Breakers (ages 3-4) and First Step (ages 5-12) programs?
    We do sometimes allow 4 year olds to join the 5-12 year age groups, but given our 10+ years of experience, we've found that the age recommendations provided generally work best for the majority of new students. Our goal is for all students to be adequately challenged, but still have fun while learning a new style of dance.
  • My son/daughter is 12 and turning 13 soon. Does this mean they are too old for the First Step (ages 5-12) program, and if so, what class should I sign them up for?
    Our First Step program does technically end at age 12, but especially as kids get older, they all have different fitness and ability levels. For example, some teens do great in the adult class. Just reach out to us using the contact form on our website, and we can discuss the best class for him/her to join and get the most out of!
  • Do you have competitions or events for kids?
    Yes! We are the first school certified by the CBL (Competitive Breakin' League), the national league dedicated to Breakin' in the United States. Students who are interested in becoming a competitive breaker can participate in CBL competitions. In addition, we also host numerous indoor and outdoor community social events and youth tournaments at The Lab such as the Annual Halloween Jam, Summer Jam, and the Inspire/Motivate/Create Jam Series, just to name a few. All of our events are kid friendly.
  • I'm 31 years old, am I too old to start breaking?
    No! Despite what you might think, you are never too old to give breaking a try! Even though breaking is an athletic dance and does require strength, stamina, balance, and coordination, these are all skills that you can learn and improve any time, at any age. The level of intensity and difficulty in breaking can be adjusted very easily to any level from beginner to advanced so that anyone of any age and experience level can gain something from this dance.
  • I've heard that break dancers spin on their heads... Do I need to bring any type of head gear?
    True! But don't worry, we won't be doing that on the first day. We do have spin hats specifically for breaking for sale here at The Lab, but they're totally optional and won't be needed right away.
  • Do you offer after school programs?
    Yes, we do offer after school programs that run year round. If interested, please use the contact form to get in touch with us about coming to your school!
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