Fedor Adarichev: A Breakdancing Journey of Discipline and Surprise
Fedor Adarichev’s journey with dance started in high school at Lane Tech. In his freshman year, his best friend at the time showed him a video on YouTube of a guy doing the windmill. Fascinated, Fedor declared, “I’m going to learn that!” Two years later, after moving to New York City, he finally nailed the windmill down. The Big Apple was the perfect place for him to begin his breakdancing journey, as it was the birthplace of breakdancing. There were so many different crews and solo artists out there that most of Fedor’s breakdance training consisted of travelling to a new neighborhood, watching others, and then trying it out on his own.
After moving back to Chicago, Fedor coincidentally started going to Latin Street to learn Latin dance. Eventually, he learned basic bachata, basic cumbia, and intermediate salsa. The nightlife scene in Chicago was where he became a natural, not only with Latin styles but also breaking and in general, ‘movement’ of all kinds. Throw in a couple of EDM festivals, and KA-POW! A wild Fedor Adarichev appeared.
As for notable performances, Fedor had a brief stint as an entertainer for a DJ duo in Westchester, NY. He did a number of bar/bat mitzvahs, as well as a grade school visit to their high school. It was the first time he did a windmill in front of a hundred kids! Throughout his 20s, Fedor made too many personal connections to count through social dancing. He considers each one of those connections an accomplishment.
Fast forward to 2020: in the bleakest moments of the pandemic, Fedor decided to break free from the limiting mentality surrounding him and recorded the first half dozen videos for his TikTok. That led him to start a crew and continue dancing outdoors. The exposure on social media got him noticed by Jungle, who was teaching kids breakdancing at Latin Street. In 2022, Jungle handed the torch down to him, and now he is about to do his fifth recital with the kids. Fedor owes it to Jungle and Andres for extending the opportunity to him and is truly grateful to be in this position.
Fedor’s teaching philosophy is 50% discipline/50% surprise. His Russian heritage has imbued him with discipline, as his family comes from military, science, medical, and academic backgrounds. Fedor works full time as an engineer, and a lot of his skills to plan and organize come from there. As for the surprise part, apart from ‘keeping it fresh’ with breaking, there is also ‘freeing your mind’ with House music, Schwarznegger’s ‘muscle confusion’ techniques, Blink 182’s “surprises lets me know she cares,” and a multitude of other memes that constantly remind him that life is about having fun.
Fedor Adarichev’s breakdancing journey is a testament to the power of discipline and surprise. His commitment to both has allowed him to excel in the dance form and share his knowledge with others. As he continues to inspire and teach, there is no doubt that Fedor will leave a lasting impact on the breakdancing community.
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