Hip hop dance was born in the late 60s and early 70s in New York City. At that time, dancers were freestyle improvisers who moved to the beat without any dance training. Their moves resembled a combination of gymnastics, kung fu, and traditional ballet dance moves.
Hip hop dance isn’t just about gyrating and hopping around; it works other parts of your body, including your thighs, calves, and abdominal core. Strengthening these muscles will have long-term health benefits. By encouraging your child to start early on in life, they will be on the path to a healthier, more active lifestyle in the future.
Hip hop dance has received international recognition and has been introduced to many countries outside of the United States through dance competitions and educational programs. There are several international hip hop competitions, including World Supremacy Battlegrounds and World Dance Colosseum, and competitions in Australia, Japan, and Europe. These competitions feature international artists and students from all over the world.
There are many variations of hip hop, including a style known as Krumping. In the 90s, hip hop dance became very popular with popular artists like Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer. Michael Jackson used hip hop in his “Remember the Time” music video. Fatima Robinson, a street dancer without formal training, choreographed the dance for the video.