When the Floor Masters came on the scene in 1981 they
wowed everyone, especially Michael Holman, with their
speed and power and athleticism. Inspired, Holman
decided to create a new, all-star, super B-Boy crew, that
specialized in power and speed, and build the crew with
The Floor Masters as the foundation, and it was Phase II,
with his genius for words, who came up with the name,
The New York City Breakers.
Right away, Holman worked with Chino Lopez, the leader
of The Floor Masters, and visionary himself, on finding
and recruiting new members (as well as shedding old
members of the Floor Masters who didn't have the
power, speed and finesse Holman wanted) to build The
New York City Breakers. Holman had previously known
Lil' Lep, a head spin master, and he right away asked Lep
to join the NYCBs. Soon after, Lep introduced Holman to
his friend, Bobby Potts (AKA, Flip Rock), who's flips and
footwork instantly put into the crew. At the same time,
Chino told Holman about a one in a million dancer who
would really make the crew a force to contend with, This
mystery dancer turned out to be Tony Lopez (AKA
Powerful Pexter) who was everything Chino promised as
a dancer and more. With the Pexter's (power moves)
extraordinaire (some credit Pex with being the greatest
Old School B-Boy who ever rocked a floor), Lep's genius
head spins and wicked foot work, Chino's original and
powerful neck moves and back spins, Noel Manguel's
(AKA Kid Nice) unique head glides and Mathew Caban's
(AKA Glide Master) unbelievable fist glides, Holman had
the makings of an unstoppable, unstoppable, B-Boy
Crew, that he could take to world fame.
Not long after, Holman was introduced to a dancer who
brought electric boogie, popping and locking skills to the
NYCBs mix. His name is Tony Draughon (AKA Mr. Wave)
and to this day his moves and body contortions seem
unbelievable. Rounding out the crew was Corey
Montalvo (AKA Icey Ice), who's air moves were stunning
to witness. Now, all the pieces had fallen into place.
Holman had his power crew, his all-star crew, and soon
after, introduced B-Boying, and subsequently, Hip Hop
Culture in general, to greater New York City, then the
country, then the world.
The NYC Breakers started their careers' with a splash,
appearing, not days after signing with Holman, on the
nationally televised Merv Griffin Show. Soon after, the
NYCBs began appearing on everything from "Soul Train,"
"Ripley's "Believe It or Not," "P.M. Magazine," "CBS
Evening News," "Good Morning America," "Amnesty
International Gala," "That's Incredible," Glady's Knights
and the Pip's music video and "NBC's Salute To The
Olympics" just to name a few. "Beat Street," "The
Freshest Kids," and "Sixteen Candles" are some of the
note worthy feature films they appeared in as well.
The NYCBs appeared on the first ever Hip Hop TV show
called "Graffiti Rock", created, produced and hosted by
their manager, Graffiti Rock resembled a hip hop version
of the popular television dance shows at the time such
as Soul Train and American Bandstand. Michael Holman.
The NYCBs were the first ever Hip Hop group and/or
artists to perform in Washington D.C for a sitting
President, specifically Ronald Reagan, during the 1984,
"Kennedy Center Honors."" The performance was
broadcast nationally on CBS, and is considered a
landmark for the acceptance of Hip Hop culture in
America. While performing in tribute to legendary
choreographer, and Keneddy Center Honoree Katherine
Dunham at the Kennedy Center Honors, the NYCBs
befriended Frank Sinatra, (also an Honoree that year)
who was so impressed by the NYCBs, he hired them back
to perform for the 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala, which
Sinatra was the organizing Chairman.
During their four year run, The New York City Breakers
toured the world and performed for Presidents and
royalty (England's Price Andrew and the King and Queen
of Norway). As one of the first Hip Hop/B-Boy crews, they
helped spread Hip Hop around the globe, and will always
be remembered as crucial pioneers of Hip Hop Culture.
At the height of The NYCBs fame, sadly, Matthew Caban
(Glide Master) died in a motorcycle accident.
The original NYCBs
Chino "Action" Lopez
Noel "Kid Nice" Mangual
Matthew "Glide Master" Caban
Tony "Powerful Pexster" Lopez
Ray "Lil Lep" Ramos
Bobby "Flip Rock" Potts
Tony "Mr. Wave" Draughon
Corey "Icey Ice" Montalvo
Alex "Lil Alex" Roman performed a few times with the
crew, distinguishing himself as a phenomenal dancer
during the crew's performance for the televised, 1985,
Presidential Inauguration Gala.
From 1983 through the present day the New York City
Breakers has done. Performances, projects,
shows,Cameo's and still are seen as one of the most
influential Crew aka Group to revolutionized B-boys and
hip Hop around the world.
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Of RSC he was perfect with his flips and original skills
and made a package that was really.
Great to see dance and catapulted us into another level.
Of The Break
|MR.wave was recruited after .
Kennedy Center Honors he was unique in
his style of just waving in a crazy motion.
Was a good gimmick for the crew there's.
Hasn't been a style like that since the .
Wave was strictly NYC style
|Icy Ice was recruited to be the newest .
Member in the NYC breakers due to the.
Fact that we grew up with him he was a must
Now we the untouchables
|After the passing away of Glide Master.
We recruited the next Generation to.
Start to carry the torch to the next level.
And LiL Alex was a asset to the crew
performed for the president of the USA.
At the age of 14 years old
|First five in the group was a process of elimination
Micheal Holman took the best.
And started the first NYC breakers.
Members was Lil Lep,Action
Glide Masters,Powerful Pexster Kid Nice
|Lil Alex Roman
Is one of the youngest gifted .
Dances I've ever saw and set.
The group on a level
unreachable on today scale.
And his moves are still done to
this day nothing really changed
that much since he.
Created UFO and style just the
faces have change he is.
And alway will be the greatest.
Second Generation .
NYC Breakers of all times.
Written by: Tony Lopez
|that we don't mention that
Was apart in the beginning
But there was other members
Snap Floor Master.
Kid Romic Floor Master.
They were the ones that
Really told me about the
NYC Breakers and was in the
group before just to recruit
me to throw them out.
Micheal Holman divided .
And broke us up and picked
|into the group he was accepted
by me no doubt but. Others
members would mock. Him for
his color and joke but.
I never did cause they would
mock me for being to white.
He would take it like a grain of
And was the best addition to
the group the almighty Master
of flips to this day they still
do his signature flip in Rockin
|youngest dancer I grew with
him at knew his cousin and he
Being managed by Julie our.
Former manger of the
Floor Masters after we left Julie.
He stood with her and Fast
Break. To and when his contract
was over he join us so we could
be together like the old days.
But came in the group at the end
of the run 1 year only.
But did alot for us cool little kid.
|Mr .Wave when he first was in
the group he was kid of what I .
Say what I wasn't looking for in .
A popper or electric boogie but.
He was a waver not the others .
Totally different and In .
Time he would show his.
Stage presence and professional.
Techniques and skills the only.
One and only to this day.
|2010 the originals NYC Breakers
St James Park 2010