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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.

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 in (120 cm) tall with an adult and over 54 in (140 cm) tall to ride alone on all models except for the Rodeo/Breakdance 4 variant; on this model, riders must be at least 42 in (110 cm) 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.

Travelling versions of this ride can be disassembled and stowed on two 12 m (40 ft) trailers, one for the ride itself, the other carrying the platforms, backdrop, special effects equipment and ticket box.

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 25-metre (82 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.

Similar rides Edit

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 Group (Crazy Dance)
  • Top Fun (Magic Dance)
  • Nauta Bussink (Star Dancer)
  • Parkash (Break Dance)

Appearances Edit

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

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 (named Maxi Dance), originally built as a travelling prototype to visit tradefairs
United Kingdom 3 Ryan McCole (Safeco), Saxton Amusements Ltd. (Huss), Jonathan Hart (Stumpf & Partner [Hungary])
United States 4 All made by Fabbri

Theme parks Edit

Country Location Ride name Manufacturer Model Opened Closed
Australia Luna Park Sydney Spider HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1995
Belgium Bellewaerde El Toro HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 2006
Belgium Bobbejaanland Breakdance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1987 2007
Belgium Walibi Belgium Spinning Vibe HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 2001
Canada Playland Breakdance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 2005
Canada La Ronde Disco Ronde HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1986
Chile Fantasilandia Crazy Dance Fabbri Group Crazy Dance 1999
China Romon U-Park Crazy Cap HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 (Indoor) 2014
Denmark Tivoli Gardens Snurretoppen HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1988 2017
Finland Linnanmäki Breakdance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1988 2001
Germany Heide Park Breakdance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1991
Germany Serengeti Park Breakdance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1995
Germany CentrO Park Rodeo HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 2001 2010
Germany Freizeitland Geiselwind Breakdance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1994
Germany Freizeitpark Plohn Westernrodeo HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1996
Germany Holiday Park Spinning Barrels HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 2000 2014
Germany Phantasialand Crazy Loop Fabbri Group Crazy Dance (Indoor) 1995 1996
Hungary Vidám Park Breakdance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1993 2013
Israel Luna Park, Tel Aviv Breakdancer
Japan Toshimaen Break Dance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1
Korea Everland Championship Rodeo HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 2 1991
The Netherlands Drouwenerzand Break Dance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 2011
The Netherlands Drievliet Draaikolk Nauta Bussnik Star Dancer 2011
The Netherlands Walibi Holland El Toro HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 2000 2006
South Africa Gold Reef City, Johannesburg Tornado (formerly The Old Mill)
Spain Parque Warner Madrid Los Carros de la Mina HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 2002
Spain PortAventura World Crazy Barrels HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1995
Sweden Gröna Lund, Stockholm Pop expressen HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1996
Sweden Öland Amusement Park Break Dance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 2014
Sweden Skara Sommarland, Axvall Rodeo HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 2011
United Kingdom Lightwater Valley Powder Kegs HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 2011
United Kingdom Chessington World of Adventures The Juggler/Rodeo HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1989 2004
United Kingdom Alton Towers Dynamo/Astro Dancer/Dino Dancer HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1993 2004 [1]
United Kingdom South Pier, Blackpool Break Dance Sobema Break Dance 1997
United Kingdom Pleasure Island Family Theme Park Breakdance Sobema Break Dance 1994 2001
United Kingdom Funland (Hayling Island) Breakdance I.E. Park Breakdance 2003 2013
United Kingdom Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach It's Bad Sobema Break Dance 1990 1995
United Kingdom Barry Island Pleasure Park Rhythm Dancer William Thurston Breakdance 1995 2006
United Kingdom Ocean Beach, Rhyl Tango Sensation Sobema Break Dance 1994 1996
United Kingdom Loudoun Castle (theme park) Storm Breaker HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 2008 2010
United Kingdom M&D's Street Dancer Fabbri Group Crazy Dance 1991 2002
United States Six Flags America Rodeo HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 1999
United States Six Flags Great Adventure Rodeo Stampede HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1999 2005
United States Six Flags New England Rodeo HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 1998 2007
United States Six Flags Over Texas Rodeo HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 2006
United States Astroland Break Dance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1988 2008
United States Elitch Gardens, Denver Paradise/Hollywood and Vine HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1987
United States Kentucky Kingdom Breakdance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 3 1990
United States Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Wipe Out HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 (Indoor) 2006
United States California's Great America Peanuts Pirates/SpongeBob's Boat Mobiles HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 4 2003
United States Morey's Piers Break Dance HUSS Park Attractions Breakdance 1 1985 2005