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Let's dance - Breakdance and hip-hop

Do the breakdance and hip-hop
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - July 15, 2010
By: Goh Mei Yi
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Let's dance - Breakdance and hip-hop

The first mention of hip-hop dance dates back to the 1970s when new moves were introduced to accompany the beat and rhythm of hip-hop music. The dance is part of the larger hip-hop sub-culture that originated in the inner-city African American and Latino communities of the Bronx, New York City.

Breakdancing, also known as breaking or b-boying, is a street dance which evolved as part of the hip-hop culture. Breakdance moves are usually executed close to the ground, while the majority of hip-hop moves are done standing up. Breakdancing is commonly associated with, but distinct from, popping, locking, ticking, and other styles that evolved independently.

Breaking started out as toprock, footwork-oriented moves performed while standing up. As the dance evolved, other steps were added like downrock, freezes and power moves. Other impressive moves include headspins, handglides, backspins and windmilling.

The greatest interest in breakdancing was seen in the 1980s but waned at the end of the decade. It gained a resurgence in in the United States in the mid to late 1990s, and is now part of a larger mix of hip-hop dancing. While some dancers kept to the “old-school” style, others incorporated other steps like popping, locking and funk.

Popping is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a quick, jerking effect in the dancer's body, referred to as a pop or a hit. It is also used as an umbrella term to include other moves like gliding, floating and sliding to create a more varied performance.

Locking is a specific movement which combines different steps and is almost like a freeze or a sudden pause. The two moves look similar and are frequently confused with one another. However, in locking, a dancer holds the position longer.

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