Swipe (b-boy move)

The Swipe is one of the most recognizable power moves in b-boying. The b-boy or b-girl leans back, whips his or her arms to one side to touch the ground, and his or her legs follow closely behind, twisting 360 degrees to land on the ground once again.[1] An example many might remember is the swipe performed by the character Samir in the movie Office Space.


Normal swipes begin from the crab position, or they may be Air Swipes in which the b-boy jumps back directly from a standing position into a swipe, sometimes ending up in standing position once again. (The Air Swipe is described in the opening sentence and the step-by-step section). Regardless of the beginning, there are several swipe variations that basically differ in terms of which parts of the arms hit the ground.


  1. Corsica, Joey. "Breakdancing Swipes" (video). About.com. Retrieved 6 Nov 2009.

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