Dancing is a type of art that is noted for its expressiveness. While ballet may come to mind, breakdancing, which originated in New York in the 1970s, is another highly communicative dance technique.
This idea was transformed into a comedy skit for “The Tonight Show” by Jimmy Fallon. “Breakdance Conversation” is the title of the sketch, which also features Brad Pitt. The two of them duke it out and chat using nothing but their slick breakdancing techniques in the amusing video.
Jimmy Fallon is recognized for both his comic sketches and his dance talents, so it’s no surprise that the “Breakdance Conversation” routine is a hit. It also helps that the film stars Brad Pitt, who works well with Jimmy.
Jimmy begins the act by working at a conventional office. He goes down to the basement of the building, which is full of graffiti and a boom box, exhausted and in need of a break. He puts on some music and breaks out his breakdancing movements.
Everything is well until he notices someone else breakdancing across the basement from him. It’s not long until he knows who it is: Brad Pitt. The two seize each other’s attention, and a breakdance war, or dialogue, starts, depending on your perspective.
Both men’s skills are remarkable –– no doubt aided by some professional break-dancers and some clever camera edits.
Brad and Jimmy impress with all they do, from spinning on their heads to flipping over. Soon after, Brad asks Jimmy if he’ll do a double breakdance, and Jimmy responds, “Hell yes.”
The last tandem dance is hilarious, and it’s made extra funnier by the fact that both of them are doing more of the moves alone, however that’s not to suggest the routines are tough! Take a look and decide for yourself.
Breakdancing, or breaking as it is known among those who do it, was founded by African American youth in New York City in the early 1970s. While it shares many visual similarities with capoeira, a Brazilian martial art established by African slaves brought to Brazil in the early 16th century, the link between the two isn’t entirely evident. Some speculate that breakdancing was influenced by capoeira, which was introduced to New York at the same time in the 1970s, but no strong evidence exists to support this theory.
Both forms, on the other hand, are both visually appealing and physically challenging. They convey a vast range of influences from throughout the world, as well as the physical abilities that individuals can possess.