Hip hop dance is one of the most popular forms of dance today. It is a highly expressive and energetic compilation of movements that can be enjoyed by people of any age or body type. It has taken the world by storm and can be seen at major music events, theatrical productions, or even in your local dance studio.
Unlike ballet, jazz, or modern dance, hip hop is a very improvisational and acrobatic style of dancing that requires a lot of energy and stamina. It is also a very social form of dance that often includes “crowd participation” and interaction. Many styles of hip hop dance have emerged, including popping (quick contractions and releases of muscles that create a jerking effect) and locking (a series of frozen positions that require more strength and control).
Breaking, sometimes called b-boying or b-girling, is probably the most well-known form of hip hop. It is a very fast-paced dance with lots of footwork and spins. In addition, breaking involves a lot of freestyle rapping with the music.
While shows like America’s Best Dance Crew and movies such as Step Up have helped to popularize street style movement among younger generations, there is an ongoing debate over how authentically these moves should be performed and represented. Dance organizations and community groups are working to reverse this appropriation, promoting and teaching Hip Hop in its truest form.
The best way to learn hip hop dance is to take a few classes from experienced dance instructors. They will be able to explain the cultural context of the movement and help you find your own style.