The entertainment industry introduced hip-hop dance to the world with the release of initial hip-hop films, “Wild Style,” “Beat Street,” and “Breakin” in the 1980s. With these films, and the television show, “Soul Train”, this dance form got global exposure. Moreover, hip-hop dance is directly related to the Hip Hop culture and it is performed in hip-hop music.
Let’s have a look at some of the popular hip-hop styles that are widely liked and performed by enthusiasts of hip-hop dance in all corners of the world. Although breaking, locking, and popping that are popular as primary style of this dance form, yet there other styles too that make a real difference to dance and music.
Krumping: This dance form is gaining more and more popularity in hip-hop and electronica circles. It is highly encouraged by the energy and freedom. This form is defined by four basic moves; namely, jabs, arm swings, chest pops, and stomps. Basically, this form lets you do anything you want to do with your body. Being very improvisational and expressive, this form is widely popular among younger performers.
Harlem shake: It is also a popular form of hip-hop dance that came into existence in 1980s. It is believed that the dance form was originated from an East African dance-Eskista. Sometimes, dancers weigh against this form to drunken dance. It involves creative convulsions of the body and that is why it has no strict code of dance moves. It is also liked by those who are not professional dancers.
Jerkin: It is the latest hip-hop dance trend that consists of twitchy dances moves-jerks. To perform this dance form, the performer has to execute a set of leg stretches in and out. In addition, it is more of a sub-culture movement.
Liquid: This hip-hop dance form involves smooth, ‘liquid-ish’ hand movements. These movements include hand flows and digital manipulation used in order to create illusions and movements using the fingers. Here, the dancer uses his body shape to communicate feelings and interpretative gestures. Liquids and digits dance forms are used to narrate a story and presenting music with a visual representation.
Robot/Mannequin: This hip-hop dance form is not very different to popping. Interestingly, many dance enthusiasts use robot dance moves as their primary dance style. In this dance form, a performer acts like a robot and does stiff arm and head movements. People who are interested in learning different styles of this dance form can use popular hip hop dance videos to make a real difference to the way they learn this dance form. These dance forms have always been popular and still have relevance in the modern world.