Hip-hop dance is a broad category that includes a variety of styles. The older dance styles that were created in the 1970s include up rock, breaking, and the funk styles. As breaking, locking, and popping gained popularity in the 1980’s, hip-hop social dancing (party dancing) started to develop.
Hip hop dancing is thought to have officially begun in New York City during the late 1960s and early 70s. During this time, individuals without professional dance training but with a natural instinct for movement brought dancing to the streets. A dance form meant to be popular in the original sense of the word, meaning that it was for the people and not for the academy, hip hop moves were inspired by complex rhythms and the down-to-earth movement style of African dancing. Music and movement came together to form a new art. While vestiges of modern, tap, swing, and African dancing can all be found in hip hop, this dance style is really in a class of its own when it comes to improvisation and an edge of competition.
A very popular style in today’s times as the youngsters all want to replicate and be “SWAG” like Chris Brown and Usher 😊