Return to Flare (idea)
Breaking (breakdancing) exhibitions can easily enchant an observer. The graceful manipulation of the human body, incorporation of creativity in styling original and standard elements, and its freestyle nature comprise an ever dynamic breaking display. While breaking moves are performed equipment-free on any clear floor or ground, some originated on the pommel horse, like the flare.
The first flare, performed by Canadian gymnast Phillip Delassal in the mid-1970s and adapted by American Kurt Thomas at the World Gymnastics Championships, was a modification of the double leg circle (DLC) element on the pommel horse. The DLC, typically done with legs together, becomes a flare when it is done with legs apart. The DLC is a movement in which legs held together perform an elevated circle in a plane parallel to the ground, while the body is suspended on two hands. Contrastingly, in the flare, widespread legs appear to have pendular motion. During flares, the spread of the legs along an elliptical path help performers attain maximum amplitude with relatively small efforts.
Even though the flare may sound simple, it is difficult for most. It involves the performer kicking his/her legs up into a V in front his torso then bringing them all the way around without touching the ground, while hands alternately give the body support. While there are many ways to start or segue into a flare, here is a simple method for a counterclockwise flare:
In all, what began on the pommel horse was taken to the floor exercise by gymnasts then to the dance floor by breakdancers (b-boys/b-girls). Along with hip-hop, Capoeira, and African cultural dances, gymnastics lies at the heart of breaking.