What the Heck is… “Hip Hop”?


Hip-hop is a younger style of dance developed in the 1970s and has since evolved as part of the hip-hop culture. James Brown was a primary influence in breaking, the purest form of hip-hop. Dancers began breaking when American DJ Kool Herc (born Clive Campbell) began extending instrumental breaks in records at parties. Soon after, films like Beat Street were released, which helped bring breaking into New York’s growing hip-hop culture.

The dance industry responded when technically trained dancers began choreographing their own moves to hip-hop music, resulting in what’s now called L.A. Style or street jazz. Much of their work can be seen during hip-hop performances and music videos. While many dancers look at hip hop as a set series of steps, it actually requires a lot of improvisation and a loose body posture.


3 Responses to “What the Heck is… “Hip Hop”?”

  1. 1 chrissy
    October 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    wow, wish i could do that!

  2. 2 alimcnally
    October 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    It’s hard stuff, from what I hear anyway… 🙂

  3. 3 Annabelle White
    October 14, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Where is a good place to take a beginner hip hop class in the Denver area?

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