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The terms b-boy (break-boy), b-girl (break-girl), and breaker were the original terms used to describe the dancers who performed to DJ Kool Herc’s breakbeats.
The obvious connection of the term breaking is to the word breakbeat. DJ Kool Herc has commented that the term breaking was 1970s slang for getting excited, acting energetically or causing a disturbance. Most breaking pioneers and practitioners prefer the terms b-boy, b-girl, and breaker when referring to these dancers.