Drops were part of breaking and its precursors in the early 1970s. The Spade dance and rocking had drops, and Kurtis Blow recalls doing James Brown-inspired drops (e.g. the split drop) around 1972 . Drops would become prevalent at Kool Herc's parties, especially during the breaks of songs. According to Wallace Dee, "when I dropped to the floor.... dancing.......the next time I came to a Kool Herc party everybody was doing that style of dance" . Kevin, of the Legendary Twins, elaborates, "Wallace Dee had a move called the slingshot, which was a basic drop to the floor except he came up like he was shooting a slingshot" . Sasa describes some of his drops (which he calls "floormoves"), "I would bend up into a pretzel...like on the floor, like a pretzel.. I come up spinning, you know?! Then I would roll into a ball, come up with a spin.So basically I got a bunch of little moves on the floor. I ended them with a spin, came up and then I started dancing" . Drops like Clark Kent's back drop would later expand into footwork . Prior to this, dancers would spring or spin up immediately after a drop.
Breakers often use a variety of drops. Fever One advises,
List of Drops
All drops start from a standing position.
Also drop. Crouch while leaning back, caught on one or both arms.
Drop involving a roll over the front of the torso. A bellyroll drop initiated by a back sweep is sometimes called a Korean sweep.
See neck move.
Also spin down. Crouch while spinning.
Also pin drop, Colt 45. A back knee hook, falling forward onto the hooking foot and knee.
Drop into a jazz split.
Crouch onto one leg, accompanied by a sweep with the other, supported by one or both arms. A sweep drop ending in an ankle hook is sometimes called a hook drop. A sweep drop with a back sweep is a back sweep drop or kickspin. Storm says the kickspin comes from capoeira .
Also walk in. Crouch while leaning forward, caught on one or both arms, followed by a step forward between the arms and opposite leg.