Pop dance is a style of funk and street dancing that is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause jerks in the body, known as “pops” or “hits.” This movement is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses. A person who practices popping is called a “popper.” Popping developed before Hip hop’s cultural movement and helped influence styles of Hip hop dancing, such as waacking and locking.
A slick, energetic style, pop dance is often accompanied by sharp, fast movements that emphasize the beats and melodies of a song. It is a form of aerobic exercise that can be used to improve cardiovascular health, as well as build strength and flexibility. It also burns calories, and, as a result, can help a person lose weight.
The best pop dance recordings are up-tempo, rhythmic, and characterized by the use of instruments that reflect the sounds of the music being performed. The genres of music that have inspired this genre include funk, soul, disco and R&B.
Popping is typically danced to funk and disco music, but it can also be incorporated into other genres of music such as dubstep. It is a dance that continues to evolve as new poppers develop their own unique styles. Some popular techniques of popping are ticking, slow motion, strobing and liquid moves, while others are more like mannequin movements or puppet dances.