UNIT 52 URBAN DANCE:
The term breakdancing refers to a style of hip-hop dancing that first appeared in the 1970s. Sometimes known as b-boying, b-girling, or breaking, this style was made popular by African American and Latin American teens who used the activity to provide a more constructive alternative to the dangerous influences of street gangs. It is one of the most improvisational dance styles, allowing for each dancer to customize his or her routine with imagination. However, since many dancers have created moves that are borrowed from gymnastics and martial arts, upper body strength is often considered as essential.
Locking means freezing from a fast movement and "locking" in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before. The movements were originally danced to funk music and create large and are generally large and exaggerated, and often very rhythmic and tightly synced with the music. It is a style used by “The Lockers” in 70s California but also locking was initially called Campbellocking after its inventor, Don Campbell. Campbell was a dancer who appeared on numerous shows in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but performers like James Brown, who also used similar techniques in performing his music, may have inspired him.
Electric Boogaloo (sometimes mistakenly referred to as electric boogie) is a style of funk dance and hip hop dance closely related to popping. It became the signature style of the dance group started in the 1970s, the Electric Boogaloos. Along with electric Boogaloo they also popularized popping and many of its related styles. It is characterized as a fluid leg-oriented style danced to funk music, utilizing rolls of the hips, knees, legs, and head, which was later combined with popping.
Hip-Hop is a broad collection of urban street dance styles including Breaking, Popping, Locking, Turfing, Jerkin and Krumping....