Creativity always comes from the heart, and hip hop dance is about ingenuity, the way you dance. Essentially, this form of dance is a street dance style, or what we call urban ethnic dance. It evolved as a part of the hip hop culture, from where hip hop music has also emerged. In recent days, hip hop dancing has become immensely popular amongst the youth. This forms of dancing serves as, perhaps, the best way to express one’s creative talent, as it is a dance in which impressions as well as expressions come from the soul.
Hip hop dance corresponds to body movements, which harmonize with the beat and rhythm of music. In this dance style, you can find lots of breaking, popping, locking and free styling, while its movements indulge jumps, breakages, and rotations. Such elements make this dance style amazingly explosive and truly informal. Dances like jazz and ballet are fairly technical and call for special training. While in hip hop, dancers are at liberty to do whatever movement they want to do. All they need to do is simply get familiar with the dancing technique.
Hip Hop dance acts as a good exercise for dancers and also helps them to improve flexibility, develop body balance, and coordinate muscles. It also enables the dancers to develop their own style and stay in good body shape. There are many steps and movements in hip hop dance which don’t make a part of ballet and ballroom dance. This style of dance can be learned by anyone who is keenly interested in it, regardless of age or sex, increasingly its popularity all the more.
History & Origin of Hip Hop Dance
The breakdance of mid-20th century can be stated as the predecessor of hip hop dance. During the 1970s, the parties of the African Americans in Bronx, New York, gave rise to the hip hop dance. To start with, DJ Kool Herc swayed the dancers with his mixing and scratching of music, in conjunction with the breaks. Michael Jackson and MC’s gave rise to the movement of breakdance, which became the hottest trend for parties.
By 1980s, plain emcees got replaced by metaphoric lyrics rapping, over complex, multi-layered beats. Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, and DJ Jazzy Jeff were some of rappers who switched to mainstream pop. In the 90s, gangsta rap became the leader and started spreading throughout the world, including Germany, Japan, South Africa, France, and Philippines. With dawn of the Millennium, new rappers (hip hop performers) have joined teen pop and singers, like Eminem, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Nelly, and are doing well.
Famous Hip Hop Dance Studios
The dance studios that are world-renowned for their hip hop dancing include:
- Millenium (Los Angeles, USA)
- Debbie Reynolds (Los Angeles, USA)
- Braodway Centre (New York, USA)
- Pinapple Studios (London, England)
- Sunshine Studios (Manchester, England)
- The Vibe - The Internatinal Hiphop Dance Center (Oslo, Norway)
- Ones to Watch (Japan & Hong Kong)
- DREAM Dance Studio (Vancouver, Canada)