Hip Hop's Birth
Originating in the 1970s, hip hop dance evolved from New York City's street cultures, specifically in the Bronx. It started as a form of expression and social interaction during block parties.
Breaking: Foundation Style
One of the earliest hip hop dance styles, breaking, or b-boying, included four primary moves: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. This style was integral to hip hop battles, showcasing dancers' skills and creativity.
Locking and Popping
Locking and popping, often confused, are distinct styles. Locking, created by Don Campbell, features quick movements and 'locks'. Popping, inspired by the Boogaloo movement, involves jerking the body to create a 'pop' effect.
Hip Hop's Global Journey
From street corners to global competitions, hip hop dance spread worldwide. It's influenced by various cultures, leading to new styles. The International Dance Organization has held the World Hip Hop Dance Championships since 2002.
Dance Crew Influence
Crews like Rock Steady Crew and Jabbawockeez have impacted hip hop dance culture significantly. Their cohesive routines and storytelling through dance have earned them places in media and live performances globally.
Hip Hop in the Media
Films like 'Breakin'' and 'Step Up', and TV shows like 'America's Best Dance Crew' have brought hip hop dance into mainstream media, influencing public perception and inspiring a new generation of dancers.
Innovative Hip Hop Education
Dance schools and workshops now incorporate hip hop into their curricula. Pioneers such as Buddha Stretch and Loose Joint are revered for their choreography and teaching, bridging old-school and modern styles.