In hip-hop dance, you will discover several styles, each characterized by both the music and the way of dancing. As far as break dance is concerned, this new style of hip-hop is known for its acrobatic aspects and floor figures. Read on for more information!
Hip-hop: what is it all about?
Hip-hop, this artistic and cultural movement, was born in the USA, in the South Bronx in the early 1970s. Etymologically, the term hip refers to those who participate in this urban dance, this street culture and its codes. While the word hop means to leap in English. In fact, hip and hop is the desire to explode, it is an expression of life and energy. Socially, this culture was born in the so violent and destructive urban context of the 1970s, it is a form of struggle against the violence of the ghettos through artistic expression (rap, dance…). This style of dance arrived in France in the early 1980s, and became a concrete artistic representation of a culture of the urban periphery.
Hip-hop became popular in the 2000s. During this period, Dr Dre is known as one of the leading figures. A decade later, around 2010, renowned artists such as Eric B. and Rakim, Pete Rock and CL Smooth… announce their return. In our time, this dance is expressed in theatres, in the street, during challenges or battles; moreover, it largely constitutes the landscape of contemporary dance.
Break dance: a modern style of hip-hop!
There are several styles of hip-hop. If we evoke the case of the new style that is break dance, it is known by its acrobatic aspect and its figures on the ground. During the dance, the practitioner is led to perform figures in the air such as the dome, the duck… and leg movements performed at ground level such as the pass-pass and the freeze. The freeze is a technique, allowing to hold oneself in balance, in an unstable and delicate position. Apart from its acrobatic aspect, break dance has an infinity of movements! This allows practitioners to be creative in the sequences and to control their own bodies in unstable and delicate positions, on the head, back …