Street Dance and Hip-Hop Quiz

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Where are street dance styles typically performed?

In streets and parks

What is a defining characteristic of street dance?

Improvisational and social nature

Which city is considered the birthplace of hip-hop culture?

New York City

What are the pillars of hip-hop culture?

DJ-ing, breakdancing, graffiti art, rapping

What is the original term for breakdancing?

B-boying or breaking

Which dance style is known for full-body spins and rotations that give the illusion of defying gravity?

Popping

What technique is the basis for popping in dance?

Quickly contracting and relaxing muscles

Which dance style is characterized by holding positions longer, similar to a freeze or sudden pause?

Locking

In which city was the dance style of locking created by Don Campbellock Campbell in 1969?

Los Angeles, California

Which dance style involves making geometric shapes with body parts, inspired by Ancient Egyptian positions?

Tutting

Study Notes

Street Dance

  • Refers to dance styles that have evolved outside of dance studios, often performed in informal spaces.
  • Characterized by improvisation and social interaction, encouraging spectators and dancers to engage.

Hip-Hop Culture

  • Originated in the Bronx, New York City, during the 1970s, primarily among African Americans and influenced by Latin Americans.
  • Comprises four pillars: DJ-ing, breakdancing, graffiti art, and rapping.

B-Boying/Breaking

  • Also known as breakdancing, it's a style of street dance that originated in the 1970s in New York City.
  • Practitioners are called b-boys, b-girls, or breakers.
  • Four core movements: Toprock, Downrock, Freezes, and Power moves.

Popping

  • Popularized by Samuel Boogaloo Sam Solomon and his crew, the Electric Boogaloos.
  • Involves quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the body.
  • Characterized by a jerking appearance, similar to an explosion within the body.

Locking

  • Created by Don Campbellock Campbell in 1969 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Popularized by his crew, The Lockers.
  • Identified by its distinctive stops, characterized by holding positions longer.

Krumping

  • Originated in the African-American community of South Central Los Angeles, California.
  • A highly energetic and expressive dance style to release anger.
  • Often involves painting faces in different designs.

Tutting

  • A creative way of making geometric shapes using body parts.
  • Derived from ancient Egyptian portraits.
  • Pioneered by King Tut aka Mark Benson.

Shuffling

  • Also known as the Melbourne Shuffle or Rocking, originated in the late 1980s in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Characterized by a fast heel-and-toe action, suitable for various types of electronic music.
  • Some variants incorporate arm movements.

Waacking

  • An African American form of street dance originating from the 1970s.
  • Not fully described in this text, but mentioned as a significant style of street dance.

Test your knowledge on street dance, a style that evolved outside of dance studios and is often improvisational and social. Learn about hip-hop, a cultural movement known for its impact on music and more.

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