I am trying to face up to the fact that my b-boying is starting to plateau. That is, I'm not feeling like I'm learning that much that is new anymore, and I don't see any goals that I am working toward to keep me inspired. Plus I don't think my body can take much more than one more year of this kind of punishment.
In class tonight at PMT Studios I had a good time learning the routine and practicing with the other dancers. But I wasn't feeling that same electric spark when something I thought I couldn't do suddenly starts coming together. Like the first time I did a roll back into a shoulder freeze, or a no-hands kip up, or a decent series of swipes. Or even the thrill of performing before a crowd.
Pavan my teacher tells me that at this point, there is only so much more I can learn in a class setting. Which is something I know well from lindy hop and other dance forms I've tried to learn.
The difference is with b-boying there is no real clear path to developing my abilities further that I can see. Most b-boys learn and develop their craft in the context of a crew, working together on various skills, combinations and choreography. And most importantly, battling.
That's just not a path that feels right for me, where I'm at in life. Maybe 15 years ago that would make sense.
Pavan said that maybe I just need to get some other b-boys together and practice together on a weekly basis and see what happens. That's how crews get started and how b-boys refine their skills.
I don't know if that makes sense for me. Just feeling kind of lost.
2 thoughts on “Plateauing as a b-boy”
Perhaps it’s time to start traveling to B-boy events? I’m sure there has to be some after hours jams” that aren’t straight competition…
Having trouble learning anymore is a personal thing. you have to want to do it for yourself. I’ve practiced alone for years and still do. I’m 40 and on top of my game. I inspire myself and i am inspired by others as well which keeps me moving. there is a lot to learn still. your teacher has a lot to do with your growth as well. it’s a tough game to play and if you’re not doing it for you. You’ll be done faster than you can get started.