Breakdance Becomes an Olympic Sport – level 3

14-12-2020 15:00

Breakdancing is officially an Olympic sport now and it will feature at the Paris Games in 2024.

Breaking, as the dancers themselves call it, is a pillar of hip-hop culture that originated in New York in the 1970s. An official Olympic program report estimated that there were roughly a million break dancers worldwide. Logan Edra is a former gymnast and prize-winning b-girl, as female breakers are known. According to Edra, breakdancing is a beautiful form of art that deserves such recognition.

Breakdancing is not the first art form to be counted as an Olympic sport; however, its inclusion has prompted some soul-searching. The breakers will be judged not only on their technical skills but also on creativity and style that requires strength, speed, rhythm, and agility.

Difficult words: pillar (an important and foundational part), recognition (accepting or acknowledging that something exists), soul-searching (a deep or honest evaluation of something), agility (the ability to move quickly and easily).

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