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Breakdancing in the Mainstream

By the early 1980's, breakdancing was being practiced widely at parties and in discos. It became very popular in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Breakdancing helped to bring hip-hop into mainstream acceptance - it appealed to youth across race, class and gender boundaries. Some of the earliest stars in breakdancing include the twins Kevin and Keith Smith, and "Crazy Legs" Richie Colon, who doubled for actress Jennifer Beals during her breakdancing scenes in the movie Flashdance.

At right: A street performer in Europe

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