Breakdance, Breaking, B-Boying or B-Girling is a dance form originally danced on the street, which emerged as part of the hip-hop movement among Afro-American youth in Manhattan and the southern Bronx in New York in the early 1970s. The dancers dance to pop, funk or hip-hop. For many young people, B-Boying, as it was called in the 1970s and early 1980s, offered an alternative to the violence of urban street gangs. Today, breakdance demands a high level of discipline from the dancers, who often need to have athletic skills. Today Breakdance is a worldwide accepted dance form. The breakdance culture sees itself as free of borders of race, sex or age.