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Screen shot from 'A Street Arab,' 1898.

A boy performs an acrobatic routine in a scene from "A Street Arab" 1898

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Early Break Dancing
Have you ever seen someone on the street performing for money? Maybe a little song and dance routine? Street dancing has been around for years. In this film, shot in New York City in 1898, a boy performs a wild acrobatic routine. See if you don't recognize some of his moves. Pay special attention to the part where he stands on his head and twists around like a top. It looks pretty similar to the head spin move that is so popular in break dancing, doesn't it?
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VIDEO CREDIT: "A Street Arab." Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1898. The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1897-1906, Library of Congress.