You know those awkward conversations, particularly at family events, where you get asked, “what do you like to do?”
Me: I dance.
(Almost 10 out of 10 times, this following question will be asked.)
Relatives: Oh! So you dance ballet?
Me: No, I street dance.
Relative: What the heck is street dance? That’s not dancing.
Although street dancing is very popular all over the world, growth is a bit slow in Asia. In the mindset of older generation Asians, street dancing is not formal and are considered as something that will give bad influence to people, particularly kids. However, as the growth of this style is becoming obvious, the street dance is more acceptable to the public.
Street dance originated in America during the 80s. It is a dance style that evolves in any open space outside dance studios like the street, dance parties, yard, etc. It is also known as a kind of vernacular dance which is developed naturally as a part of ‘everyday’ culture. The street dance culture and community is evolving and expanding every day. New dance moves are always being invented, and more people are fascinated by this art form.
Street dancing is not a particular style but a collection of styles combined. It includes Breaking, Hip-hop, Jazz, Locking, Popping, Voguing, House, etc. The competitions of street dance are called Battle. Keep scrolling to check out the 3 of the street dance styles below.
B-boying is known to many as breaking. It was originated in the early 1970s by African American youth and has the longest history among all the styles of street dance. The breaking performer is called as a b-boy or a b-girl. There are 4 main kinds of dance movement for b-boying: top rock, down rock, freeze and power move. The music used in breaking is usually upbeat music, such as hip-hop, funk and breakbeat music. Most of the top b-boys and b-girls have their signature power move as their master card during battles. This style of dancing is usually performed in a battle where competitors will dance through rounds and judges will decide one final winner. b-boying even made their way as a sport at the Youth Olympics.
Hip-hop is developed from breaking and was popular in the late 1960 and the early 70s and was originated in New York City and was influenced by African dance and gymnastics. It was performed on hip-hop music. The dance moves developed in the later years are considered as the new school hip-hop. Hip-hop dance has a more swaggy vibe than the other styles. Throughout the development, there are girl’s hip-hop and many new hip-hop dance moves are formed, and many of them have gone viral, including the Shoot dance, Harlem shake, snap dance, gangsta walking, etc. All of these dance moves are popular, and there are also many challenges came up from the moves.
House is a style originated in the late 70s and early 80s and was founded in the underground club in Chicago and New York. It was influenced by several different styles including hip-hop, tap dance and Latin dance. This style is more focused on powerful and fast leg movement in combination with a smooth and relaxed body groove. It was performed with house music. House music is popular among people with all different cultures and so is the dance style.
Street dance is part of my life and the more you dig in the history, the more fascinating you will find in this art. I had done all 3 styles from the above, in my opinion, b-boying is the hardest. I don’t have much strength in my arm and that limited me from most of the stung. Hip-hop is the most interesting and so it is my favourite among the 3 styles. It can easily combine with different style and gives different vibes in the dance. Dancing is like breathing for me and it helps me in releasing my stress. There is no stress, right or wrong in street dancing, so have fun and play with the beat!