Walking around the city, the most well-known and performed gangsta style, incorporates elements of other street dance forms such as liquid dancing (the wave, tutting, tracing, contouring, and hand flowing), the robot, locking, popping, gliding, and even breakdancing into the traditional dance. It all started in 1980s Los Angeles with a group of young up-and-coming rappers known as The Get Down Brothers. As their career took off they attracted many followers who wanted to be part of their team. These fans would wait outside of recording studios in order to get a chance to talk to them or even just say hello. Eventually, the fans became known as gangs and the dance that they did outside in front of buildings was called gangsta dancing.
Gangsta dancers use their hands to express themselves through movement. They usually start by doing the waving motion in front of their body like they are shooing away pigeons or insects. Then they will slowly move their arms back and forth in a chopping motion while tapping their feet rapidly in time with the music. Sometimes they will bend their elbows and touch their fingers to the ground while moving their arms in wide circles. Finally, they will lift one foot up behind them and sway from side to side like a pendulum.
All over America, people are trying to do what the Get Down Brothers first did back in 1989: shake it like there's no tomorrow.
Locking, hip-hop (also known as hip-hop freestyle or new style), popping, house (sometimes known as house dance), and breaking are the most popular dance genres (aka B-Boying or its media-created name, breakdancing). Below, we will describe those five styles quickly and offer a video clip to help you understand how they appear. Of course, there are many other dances available; however, these five categories account for the largest share of street dancing today.
Locking is when the dancer uses his or her body in such a way that it looks like one solid object. This seems like a simple thing to do, but it isn't. Locking requires proper form and technique to look natural. It also takes practice.
Hip-hop is the art of throwing tricks into your locking. It can be done on any surface: pavement, grass, or even your own floor. Some common moves include jumping kicks, spins, and twirls. Be careful not to kick yourself in the head while practicing these moves!
Poping is similar to hip-hop, but instead of throwing tricks, you pop your hips forward and back as if you were jumping up and down. This movement is used in celebration at parties or when needed to get attention from people.
House is a fast-paced dance style that originated in Chicago. The dancer uses various movements to resemble light switches or dimmers.
Hip-hop (also known as hip-hop freestyle or new style), breaking (also known as B-Boying or its media-created term, breakdance), locking, popping, and house are the most popular street dancing forms (aka housedance). Of course, there are many other dances out there, but these five account for the most popular.
Hip-hop is the oldest street dance form and can be traced back to 1980s New York City. It is based on footwork: A dancer uses his or her feet to manipulate himself or herself in space while singing or rapping along with music. There are two main types of hip-hop dances: Breakdancing and Freestyling. In breakdancing, the dancer performs specifically designed moves called breaks that require extensive practice. In freestyling, the dancer expresses himself or herself through movement and lyrics and finds structure through association. Both breakdancers and freestylers use their hands and arms to assist them in performing complicated moves.
Breaking was originally created as a form of self-expression for African Americans who found mainstream hip-hop culture too restrictive. As such, it included elements from other dances such as jazz, funk, and rock 'n' roll. Today, breaking is enjoyed by people of all cultures and races who want to express themselves through physical movement.
Locking and hip-hop dancing can be done on the floor or in a cage (called a snap). House dancing usually takes place on a large open space at night with light music playing. Breaking is done on concrete surfaces during day time with your hands and feet.
There is also a type of dance called flash which is done by two people facing each other in a structured routine. The term "flash" comes from the fact that it is a short dance movement that often lasts only for a few seconds. Another type of dance called solo is performed by one person who uses his or her body to create intricate patterns, without any partners. These dances are used as warm-ups or as part of competitive events.
In addition, there is street dancing which is done by groups or pairs who perform together in a free form fashion. The movements may include tricks and gestures borrowed from other dance forms such as ballroom or salsa. Although not widely practiced anymore, there was also a type of dance called battle which involved two dancers fighting each other by trying to outdo their partner's moves.