THE HISTORY OF HIPHOP DANCE (PART 1)

Hiphop’s general information

Hiphop is a musical genre and cultural movement that has appeared since the 1970s in the Bronx, New York. The history of hiphop comes and grows in ghetto areas (often the concentration of poor, colored people, associated with many social evils and gangs).

Hiphop is a combination of two slang words: hip and hop. The meaning of the word “Hip” is understood as “cool”, is a way of saying “cool” in the context of something very good or interesting. The word “Hop” represents a dance movement back then, when dancers moved from one point to another.

Along with Graffiti art, Break Dance, Rap and its own unique fashion style, Hiphop has become a wave of African-American dominant culture and Hispanic community in the 80s. Hiphop is gradually defined itself more accurate in 1982, when Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force published an electro-funk track called “Planet rock”, which included simple rap pieces combined with the disco rhythm.

Between 1982 and 1985, there were a lot of Hiphop-related films that were released and contributed to spreading Hiphop culture farther from New York City, quickly appearing in Europe and Asia and become the premise of a global culture like today.

Hiphop Dance

Compared to many other types of dancing, Hiphop Dance has a relatively short history, just starting from the 1970s onwards. Hiphop Dance is a dance set formed and synthesized from many different genres, the most basic are from Breaking (Break Dance), Popping and Locking – genres derived from the black American community and Latin America in the 70s.

During more than 30 years, 3 genres: Breaking, Popping, Locking has maintained the position of “pioneer” and is a solid foundation for anyone who wants to study Hiphop Dance or learn about the history of hiphop.

The most influential and typical dance groups for these 3 genres are Rock Stedy Crew (Breaking), The Lockers (Locking) & Electric Boogaloos (Popping).

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