Hip Hop dance is a vibrant form of dance that combines a variety of freestyle movements to create a culture piece of art which has evolved into one of the most popular and influential styles of dance.
Hip hop dance began during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, originally inspired by the movements of African dancing, and flourished as a new style of dance performed on the street for the people.
The early history and roots of hip hop dance are most often associated with its beginning on the East Coast, specifically New York City. The West Coast also formed its own style of hip hop around the same time.
East Coast hip hop began with the unique rhythmic combinations created by Kool DJ Herc and a Jamaican DJ who moved to Brooklyn and became one of the most popular DJ’s of New York City.
DJ Herc created opportunities to showcase the breaking movements of dancers. West Coast hip hop took the dance style from the East coast and transformed frozen and robotic moves. The West Coast was also where two of modern hip hop’s most iconic styles, popping and locking, were born.
We hosted a Hip Hop workshop in Cripa facilitated by Balaji and Akash. The workshop began with stretching and exercises to warm up the body. Later the facilitator taught the basics and foundation of hip hop like bounce, groove and style which enabled the participants to easily get involved. Gradually the facilitator moved on to compose steps for a song and made all participants dance.
The participants were happy that the workshop started simple/easy and gradually increased to a short dance composition for a song. The facilitator maintained the vibe and energy level up among the participants. Many participants found the workshop fun!
Overall the workshop was enjoyed and appreciated by all!
Written by Nivetha