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A girl hip-hop dancing, a very broad category of street dance.

Street dance, also called vernacular dance[1] is an umbrella term, used to describe dance styles that evolved outside of dance studios in everyday spaces such as streets, school yards and nightclubs. They are often improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and the other dancers. Some examples include house dance that originated in Chicago and tecktonik which originated in France.

Street dance is also commonly used to identify the many hip-hop and funk dance styles that began appearing in the United States in the 1970s and are still alive and evolving within hip-hop culture today. These styles include breaking, popping, locking.

All of these dances are popular as a form of physical exercise, an art form, and for competition. They are today practiced both at dance studios and other spaces. Some schools use street dance as a form of physical education.

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Competitions

Today, serious street dance competitions are increasingly popular, and a number of large annual international events are taking place around the world, such as Battle of the Year, Juste Debout and House Dance International. These contests focus mainly on battles but choreographed shows are judged also.

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References

  1. ^ "Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance", by Marshall Winslow Stearns, Jean Stearns, 1994, ISBN 0306805537

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Street Dance was first formed in the 20th century. The term itself comes from the fact that the dances were made in the streets. There aren’t any rules to “street dance” as improvisation and freestyle is emphasized. It is hard to define, but it is basically freely expressing music with one’s body.

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Genres

There are many different genres of street dance. It is often divided into Old school and New school, with 1984 as the dividing year. In the old school section, there are categories like locking, poppin, and break dancing. In new school, there is hip hop, house, and wacking.

Old school

Locking- It was first made in 1970 by Don Campbell. It was very popular in the 1970s and the dance itself is known to be relatively comic and lively. Basic moves include the up lock, down lock, wrist rolls, points, and hand claps.
Popping-Originating from the west coast of the United States of America, poppin involves sudden freezes of the muscles to maximize the moves. It uses this basic principle, and mixes it with styles such as waves, bugaloo, and puppet.
Break dancing-It began in the early 70’s, when DJ Kool Herc first used breaking beats. It was first based on disco, but later formed into a separate style. Break dancers are called b-boys and b-girls. The dance includes two types of steps: power moves and style moves. Power moves include the windmill and headspin, while style moves include the freezes and footwalk.

New school

Hip hop- As one of the most famous street dance genres, there are many theories on how hip hop actually started. Since hip hop is a culture beyond dancing that includes art, music, fashion, it is even harder to define when hip hop dancing actually started. Along with the mindset of street dance, there are no rules to hip hop, and freestyle hip hop is very famous as well.
House- Born in Chicago, it began to become popular in clubs in New York in the beginning of the 80s. It was first influenced by dances like jacking and hopping. Later, steps from various genres like hip hop were mixed into it. Lastly, the style was completed with a hopping feel to the moves. Basic steps of house include the sidewalk, happy feet, scribble feet, and skateboarding.
Wacking- It is known to be first danced by gays, and was officially introduced by Tyrone Proctorm. From the 1980s, it began to mix with other genres, and now it is often mixed in with girl’s hiphop.

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Old School Street dance was first formed in the 20th century. The street dance comes from the fact the dances were made in the streets. There isn’t any dance rules to “street dance” as improvisation and freestyle are emphasized. Street dance is expressing your body with the music. LOCKING- It was first made in 1970 by Don Campbell. Basic moves include the up lock, down lock, wrist rolls, points, and hand claps. POPPING- Originated from the west coast of the United States of America. Popping involves sudden freezes of the muscles to maximize the moves. It uses the basic principle, and mixes it with styles such as waves, bugaloo, and the puppet. BREAK DANCING- This all started in the early 70’s. DJ kool herc used breaking beats. This was all based on disco but later changed in to a separate style. The dance includes two types of step: power moves and style moves. Power moves include the windmill and headspin, while style moves include freezes and foot walk. New School HIP HOP- This type is one of the most famous street dance genres. As well as street dance there are no rules to hip hop, and freestyle hip hop is very famous as well. Hip hop is a culture beyond dancing that includes art, music, fashion, so will be harder to find where hip hop actually started. HOUSE-founded in Chicago, it began to become popular in New York clubs in the beginning of the 80’s. It was first influenced by the dances jacking and hopping. Later steps from various genres of hip hop were mixed into it. Basic steps of house were the sidewalk, happy feet, scribble feet,

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