Sanique Gordon

                              Urban Dance


Street dance is used to describe dance terms that take place outside the studio like in the streets, school yards and nightclub. They are often unrehearsed and they promote contact and interaction with the spectator and other dancers. Dancers interpret the existing moves freely and even invent knew ones to create a personal style of their own.  The word ‘vernacular dance’ or street dance is used as an umbrella term to describe a lot of different style of urban dances such as;


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Street dance began appearing in the United States in the 1970’s and is still active and developing within hip hop culture today. These dance styles are trendy on so many different levels, as a form of physical exercise, an art form and for competitions, and are today practiced at dance studios and other spaces, even some schools uses street dance as a form of physical education. Usually, street dances are based on a distinctive approaches or sensations that are portrayed through the dance, regularly tied to a particular . As new  progress based on this feel, the dance is under constant development, and if the feel starts to change it might give birth to a completely new dance form. 

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Hip Hop dance styles are predominantly dance to hip hop music. It can consist of the many styles simple labeled as hip hop, old school hip hop (or hype), hip hop new style and free style.  The dance style primarily associated with hip hop is , and funk styles such as popping and locking were later integrated in the culture. Breaking and the original funk styles look quite diverse style wise, but they share many neighboring fundamentals, such as their improvisational nature, the music they're danced to and the way they originated from the streets, mainly within  and  communities. These similarities ...

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