Dr. Lorenzo Perillo Quoted on the Global Rise of Breakdancing

Lorenzo Perillo, UIC assistant professor of Global Asian studies, addresses the global rise of breakdancing in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article on the history and influences of breakdancing and a proposal to make it an official sport for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.  http://bit.ly/2JaRZ7V

"The global spread of breaking tracks with the commercialization of hip hop culture. J. Lorenzo Perillo, a Global Asian Studies professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, notes that dance, like music, also spread through American imperialism. Some researchers argue that the dance often maintains hip hop expression, like a lingua franca, but welcomes other traditions as it travels. Body accents may shift not only internationally, but also regionally and within America’s diverse breaking circles."