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Breakdancing, 'Present at the Creation'

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Breakdancing, 'Present at the Creation'

Breakdancing, 'Present at the Creation'

Breakdancing, 'Present at the Creation'

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On the streets of New York in the 1970s and '80s, kids from the Bronx were spinning on their heads and backs, doing acrobatic flips and rocking to hip-hop beats. What began as a competition of skills at house parties and street jams soon became a pop culture phenomenon. NPR's Mandalit del Barco explores the origins of breakdancing as part of the Present at the Creation series.

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