At its essence, Hip-Hop is about social change. It’s a symbolic stand against the social forces enveloping the lives of the dispossessed, and that message is very much alive and well in Rio de Janeiro. The following essay travels through three communities of breakdancers, each one dancing for their own reasons, but the core remains the same: to preserve their lives.
The history of this city is a layered one; a history that has added many complications due to its recent involvement in the controversial 2014 World Cup tournament, where the residual affects have directly and indirectly affected these communities of dancers. But as history tells us, Hip-Hop prevails against the most trying circumstances, as long as there remain those dedicated to living its truth.