Power moves are moves loosely defined as relying on speed, momentum, and acrobatic elements for performance. They are prominent in B-boying, often the centerpieces of routines featuring the other elements (toprock, downrock, and freezes) that make up breaking. Also, power moves are closer to gymnastics than dancing. B-boys who focus heavily on power moves and execute them as a main part of their routines are often called "power heads".
B-boy Powerful Pex and the New York City Breakers credited in 1983 for Bboy style combining 2 or 3 difficult moves together this includes floats, Headmills aka Power windmills and incorporated flares suicides into breaking then B-boys cut the phrase down from powerful moves to power moves in the 90's with poetic rhythm linguistics Syllable Syllable to make it sound more flashy. Nowadays B-boys are executing more acrobatics now which are the new power moves of the day it has evolved with the new generation to a higher level.
Floats were one of the first power moves in the 80's. The body is usually in a fixed position while the arms move.
Swipes are one of the most recognizable power moves. 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.
Shadow Swipes is a variation of the swipe that incorporates the chair freeze to start the swipe. Created by Bboy Kid Shade of Hong Kong, it is one of his signature moves.
The headmill is a windmill variant performed without the use of hands for stability, rotating with the head and shoulders as the pivot point. As headmills free the hands, there are many further variations defined by the positioning of the hands.
Major windmill variants:
Flares are a widely recognized power move borrowed from gymnastics. Major variants: