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But unbelievable lines—as in "no way," "how'd-they-do-that," "OUCH" lines—aren't reserved for ballerinas and contemporary dancers, alone. Yep, there's a new troupe of dancers taking over Instagram, wowing the interwebz with out-of-this-world shapes they make with their bodies. And they call themselves bone breakers.
The style developed out of Bruk Up, a form inspired by Jamaican house dance. ("Bruk Up" means "break up," so you can totally see the connection there.) A lot of the work is focused on the upper body, specifically the shoulder sockets. Bone breakers appear to dislocate their shoulders, elbows, wrists, etc., creating shapes that you really don't expect to see on a human body.
Just last week, Business Insider published a story on bone breaking's growing popularity on Instagram. Apparently there are over 7,000 posts with #bonebreaking and an additional 4,000 with #bonebreak. Here's just some of what you can find when you search #bonebreaking on Instagram:
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Some people prefer not to watch bone breaking, because its extreme nature makes them uncomfortable. Others even say it's "gross." But we should really think before we make such sweeping generalizations. Is bone breaking really "gross," or is it just something we're not accustomed to seeing? One of the reasons we love dance is because it pushes the human body to the extreme. I mean, just think about pointe shoes. Dancers standing on their toenails?! You could say "ew" to that, too. Once we get passed that original, unnerving feeling, we can see bone breaking for what it really is: an incredible, and sort of totally beautiful, style of dance. #SaturdaySoapBox #MicDrop