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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.
Design and operation
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.
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.
Rides almost identical to the Breakdance have been produced by other companies. 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)
Over 110 Breakdance rides have been manufactured by HUSS, the vast majority of which are still in operation.
|Australia||4||3 manufactured by Sobema, 1 by Fabrri|
|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|
|Australia||Luna Park Sydney||Spider||1995|
|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 |
|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|
|United States||Morey's Piers||Break Dance|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Breakdance.|
- Technical specifications available at HUSS Park Attractions's website
- Amusement Ride Extravaganza - Breakdance
- a video of a huss breakdance onride
- Bennett, Dave. "Alton Towers Almanac: Retired Rides: Dynamo". Retrieved 20 March 2012.