An essential part behind the emergence of Hip-hop culture, urban dance arose in the late 60s and early 70s with the advent of funk and disco music. African American and Latino youths in the urban areas of Brooklyn, New York pioneered new styles of dance with breaking, popping, locking, and wacking.
Why was street dance created?
Evolving on the streets of Manhattan and the Bronx, it was developed as an improvised, social dance form, reacting against traditional, high-art dance styles. Popular with African-Americans and Puerto-Ricans, street dance was used as an expression of resistance and cultural identity outside of the mainstream.
Who started hiphop dance?
East Coast Roots – Before it was dubbed “hip hop” the art form developed in the East Coast by DJ Herc, who moved to Brooklyn at the age of 12 from Jamaica. As one of the pioneers of the genre, he began an informal performance career and became one of the most popular DJs in NYC.
How did commercial dance start?
Commercial has its roots in hip-hop dance, which was the dancing side of the culture that emerged in the 1970s. TV shows such as Soul Train and later Breakin’, Beat Style and Wild Style in the 1980s saw that hip-hop dance become something that everyone was aware of, even if they couldn’t do it themselves!
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