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Directed by Joel Silberg

United States 1984 90 mins.

As the first widely released breakdancing film, Breakin’ is a cultural milestone that reeks of 1980s cash-in cinema culture, from the same director who rode a Latin dance craze with Lambada several years later. Any qualms about Breakin’ and its cheesy 80s production values being pitched to suburban audiences melt away once the dancing starts—and there is a TON of breakin’ in this film. “The principal performers are exhaustingly good, given a little room in which to leap, shake and, from time to time, stand on their heads and turn their legs into propellers”—Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Arrive early for food, drinks and music from xray.fm DJ Klyph of Welcome to the Neighborhood!



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