What is Hip-Hop dance?
Hip hop dance is a culture, it’s expression, it’s creativity in movement open with freedom to grow without any boundaries. It is a type of choreographed street dance that originated in New York. Hip Hop dance came out of the streets and was created by people in lower-income communities who couldn’t afford formal lessons or didn’t have access to them. This makes sense because even now many dancers are drawn to street culture as an outlet for their creativity. Hip Hop is a movement that represents the freedom to learn, grow, and evolve.
Hip hop dances are typically performed to the beat of live drumming, scratching, or DJing.
Hip-Hop dancers are known for their dynamic, and athletic movements. One of the most popular forms is breakdancing, which incorporates more than a dozen dance styles (i.e., locking).
Hip-Hop dancers are known for their dynamic, and different types of moves that they do with fluidity. Break dancing consists of a variety of styles including popping, locking, drops.
Hip Hop dance is also called Street Style, Street Dance, Zoo, Hip Pop, and, Fusion.
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A brief history of Hip-Hop dance:
The Bronx, New York in the ’70s was a harsh area to grow up in. People have seen by drugs, wrongdoing, neediness, group brutality, and generally battle from the time they were little.
However, the African American and Latino youth were, ignored by big institutions. Desperate for an approach to get away from their ordinary lives, they started their own dance forms.
The youth embodied these art forms in the manner in which they dressed, talked, moved, and put themselves out there, which soon turned into a way of life.
What are the top 5 Hip-Hop dance styles?
- Breakdancing: Breakdancing is a type of Hip-Hop dance that is also called B-boying. Breakdancing is known for its upright moves and footwork.
- Locking and Popping: Lockers are known for their sharp pauses and their popping moves. Locking is an angular form of Hip-Hop dance where dancers twist the joints in a quick, fluid motion.
- Funk: Funk is a type of Hip-Hop dance that is a fusion of Disco and Soul. Usually Locking and Popping are incorporated with this dance style.
- Lyrical: Lyrical is the most common and well-appreciated Hip-Hop dance style. Lyrical dance tells a story and is danced to the word rather than the beat of the music.
- Boogaloo: Boogaloo is a dance style that involves the movement of the entire body often including the rolling of your hips and head.
Tips to keep in mind while Hip-Hop dancing:
- The clothing styles are nothing in particular, but if you want to join the Hip-Hop dancing crowd, try wearing bagging T-shirts.
- Do not forget to warm up and stretch before and after your dance session.
- While we aren’t stringent about what you wear for your hip-hop dance session, we can’t fail to emphasize correct footwear. Always wear proper sneakers to get a good grip while you dance.
- If you are a girl and are a lover of Hip-Hop dancing, let us give you a tip. Always tie your hair up in a high ponytail or a bun and secure it with numerous pins.