[VIDEO] Exploring the Underbelly of the Bone-Breaking Flex Dance Scene in Brooklyn

Originating on the streets of Brooklyn, Flexing is a type of street dance in which dancers will contort their bodies to the max in a rhythmic and almost hypnotic way to the beat. In this short video from New York Magazine, learn more about the history, culture, battles, and technique behind Flex dancing.

In Brooklyn, where the “bone-breaking” contortionist style of dance has its roots, we met with flex dancers and traveled to a battle to witness the competition among some of the city’s top performers, all vying to become front-runners in the ever-evolving flex subculture. Flex isn’t break-dancing, nor is it popping or locking — it’s a Jamaican-inspired New York original.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

Editor in Chief

Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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