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Jazz DanceA History of the Roots and Branches$
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Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049298

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049298.001.0001

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Hip-Hop Dance as Community Expression and Global Phenomenon

Hip-Hop Dance as Community Expression and Global Phenomenon

(p.184) 24 Hip-Hop Dance as Community Expression and Global Phenomenon
Jazz Dance

Moncell Durden

University Press of Florida

The word hip-hop encompasses both a type of social dance and a broader sub-culture. This sub-culture is based in four expressive elements: graffiti art, deejaying, emceeing, and dancing. Today there are a myriad of dance forms and styles residing under the umbrella term “hip-hop dance,” including locking, popping, b-boying, and hip-hop party dances. This chapter gives an overview of these forms, with a particular focus on party dances. Party rockin’ has been present since the beginning of the hip-hop scene in the 1970s, with dances like the Gigolo and the Patty Duke. However, in the 1980s these new social dances took on a flamboyant b-boy-esque battle style, replacing circles of b-boys/b-girls with party rockers. These new hip-hop party dances came into existence as a result of hip-hop music, with rappers making call and response records such as Do the Wop by B-Fats. The author also examines the commercialization of hip-hop dance.

Keywords:   B-boying, Commercialization of hip-hop, Deejaying, Hip-hop, Hip-hop dance, Locking, Party dances, Popping, Rap music

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