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Helen Melon of The Foot Style Rockers takes her turn in the center of the circle at a jam session.


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The Foot Style Rockers as well as members of The Forbidden City Break Rock crew entertain a crowd.


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Lil’ Rock-It practices a new move. At 12, he is the youngest member of the crew.


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The crew huddles around a computer during a break to watch YouTube videos of other dancers.


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A large speaker in the practice studio plays American hip-hop as the crew practices.


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Fute concentrates as he watches other members of the crew practice for the upcoming battle.


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Wang Lei (aka Lil' Rock-It) practices a dance move as members of the Foot Style Rockers watch.


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Helen Melon stretches out before practice. To her knowledge, she is Beijing's only female breaker.

Hip-Hop in Beijing


The Foot Style Rockers, a Beijing-based break dancing crew that participate in battles and jam sessions around the city that draw the best nearby talent. China’s growing hip-hop community is still small enough that a local break crew can organize events with some of the scene's top players.

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