Breakdance (ride)

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Breakdance, Frankfurt Main - Germany

Breakdance is an amusement ride designed by HUSS Park Attractions in 1985.

Upon release, the ride design proved to be an instant hit, with HUSS now producing four varying designs, all of which can be acquired in transportable, semi-permanent, or permanent forms.[citation needed]

Design and operation[edit]

Breakdance consists of a dodecagonal platform with a diameter of 20 meters, upon which are mounted four hubs, each bearing four two-person cars. The entire ride is on an incline of 7.5°. When the ride is activated, the platform rotates, the hubs rotate in the opposite direction to the platform. The combination of the platform slope, hub movement, and weight displacement within the cars cause them to rock back and forth, the oblique join mount and the motion of the ride allowing the cars to rotate through 360°. Huss recommends that riders be a minimum of 48" tall with an adult and over 54" tall to ride alone on all models except for the Rodeo/Breakdance 4 variant; on this model riders must be at least 42" tall.

Breakdances incorporate backdrops, and the provision for sound systems, elaborate light displays, and special effects equipment is made. Controls for these additional systems can easily be routed through the operator's console.

Traveling versions of this ride can be dissassembled and stowed on two 40 ft trailers, one for the ride itself, the other carrying the platforms, backdrop, special effects equipment and ticketbox.

Variants[edit]

The success of the design has prompted HUSS to manufacture three additional variants to the Breakdance design. These are:

  • Breakdance 2 - Six four-car hubs are installed on the 20-metre (66 ft) platform.
  • Breakdance 3 - The platform is reduced to 18-metre (59 ft) in diameter, and the slope of the platform is changed, making the platform slightly cone-shaped. No backdrop is sold with this ride, which in combination with the size and slope reductions, significantly reduces the overall weight of the ride. The 8 ton difference makes this variant popular for transportable operations.
  • Breakdance 4 - Also known as a Rodeo, this variant removes the platform entirely. Instead, three four-members of a "crew" are connected to the central dance by extended arms. There is no slope to the dance. It is much better suited for families than the other variants.

Although officially a different ride and not a variant of Breakdance, after the success of Breakdance HUSS developed the Booster ride, which takes the idea a step further. It did not, however, gain the kind of success that Breakdance did.[citation needed]

Similar rides[edit]

Rides almost identical to the Breakdance have been produced by other companies.[citation needed] Below are listed the companies, with the ride name in brackets.

  • Safeco (Blade Runner)
  • Sobema (Break Dance)
  • Fabbri (Crazy Dance)
  • Top Fun (Magic Dance)
  • Nauta Bussink (Star Dancer)
  • Mondial (Shake)
  • Parkash (Break Dance)

Appearances[edit]

Over 110 Breakdance rides have been manufactured by HUSS, the vast majority of which are still in operation.[citation needed]

Transportable[edit]

Country Number Notes
Australia 4 3 manufactured by Sobema, 1 by Fabrri
Belgium 3
Germany 46 at least 46
The Netherlands 5 plus 1 transportable Stardancer owned by Frank Vale, and one Break Dance owned by R. van der Wiel, built by ARM Rides
Portugal 1 the only transportable Huss Rodeo Breakdance, originally built as a travelling prototype to visit tradefairs
United States 1 Portable model owned by Midway of Fun, featured in the 1991 movie Problem Child 2

Theme parks[edit]

Country Location Ride name Model Opened Closed
Australia Luna Park Sydney Spider 1995
Canada Playland Breakdance 2005
Canada La Ronde Disco Ronde 1986
Israel Luna Park, Tel Aviv Breakdancer
South Africa Gold Reef City, Johannesburg Tornado (formerly The Old Mill)
Sweden Gröna Lund, Stockholm Pop expressen 1996
Sweden Skara Sommarland, Axvall Rodeo Breakdance 4/Rodeo 2011 (sold from CentrO park Oberhausen, Germany)
The Netherlands Drievliet Star Dancer Stardancer
South Africa Gold Reef City, Johannesburg Tornado
United Kingdom Lightwater Valley Powder Kegs Breakdance 4 2011
United Kingdom Chessington World of Adventures The Juggler/Rodeo Breakdance 3 1989 2004
United Kingdom Alton Towers Dynamo/Astro Dancer/Dino Dancer Breakdance 3 1993 2004 [1]
United States Six Flags Over Texas Rodeo Breakdance 3 2006
United States Astroland Break Dance 2008
United States Elitch Gardens, Denver Paradise 1987 1995
United States Elitch Gardens, Denver Hollywood and Vine 1995
United States Kentucky Kingdom Breakdance 1990
United States Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Wipe Out indoor/enclosed Breakdance 4 2006
United States California's Great America SpongeBob's Boat Mobiles Breakdance 4 2003 2009
United States California's Great America Peanuts Pirates Breakdance 4 2009
Hungary Vidám Park Breakdance 1993 2013
United States Morey's Piers Break Dance

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Dave. "Alton Towers Almanac: Retired Rides: Dynamo". Retrieved 20 March 2012.