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Breaking, also called breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated primarily among African American and Puerto Rican youth, many former members of the Black Spades, the Young Spades, and the Baby Spades, during the mid 1970s. The dance spread worldwide due to popularity in the media, especially in regions such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, and South Korea. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, b-boying consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. B-boying is typically danced to hip-hop, funk music, and especially breakbeats, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.
While Hindi Dance Music do form part of Music of Bollywood, the wide-based genre songs became popular by the early to mid 2000’s after the worldwide success of the song Mundian To Bach Ke which charted in various international music charts and other famous dance songs such as Kajra Re. By the late 2000s Hindi Dance Music attained worldwide recognition following success of the Oscar winning song Jai Ho (song). By the 2010s, due to the growing fan base of EDM, Hindi Dance Music began incorporating it into their style of music while maintaining its diverse types of song production. This prompted the recognition of songs such as Baby Doll (Kanika Kapoor, Meet Bros Anjjan and Kunal Avanti song). The style of music was also greatly an influence for British singer M.I.A. and her album Matangi (album).
Developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet, contemporary dance uses the body’s natural lines and energy,
allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than classical dance techniques. Contemporary dance is characterized by its versatility: it can be danced to almost any style of music or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement.
Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement promoted by contemporary dance technique and its improvisational style allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.
Freestyle Dancing (High Energy Freestyle Dancing), originated from the early disco days and began in the 1970s on street corners and public places where dancers would show off their improvisational skills. Los Angeles and New York were important locations for the evolution of freestyle dancing.
Freestyle dance classes are funky, modern and fun. It’s all about freedom to express movement to the wide variety of music trends. Classes should start with a warm-up and students should learn this dance form in a fun, energetic, yet hard working and disciplined environment.
As with all dance forms, freestyle dancing has many health benefits.
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films Breakin’, Beat Street, and Wild Style showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a commercial, studio-based version of hip-hop—sometimes called “new style”—and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called “jazz-funk”. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were performed on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.
Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz was a big hit in the early ’50s and it is still a well-loved style of dance all over the world.
The word Kathak has been derived from the word Katha which means a story. Kathakars or story-tellers, are people who narrate stories largely based on episodes from the epics, myths and legends. It probably started as an oral tradition. Mime and gestures were perhaps added later on to make the recitation more effective. Thus evolved a simple form of expressional dance, providing the origins of what later developed into Kathak as we see it today.
The Vaishnavite cult which swept North India in the 15th century. and the resultant bhakti movement contributed to a whole new range of lyrics and musical forms. The Radha-Krishna theme proved immensely popular alongwith the works of Mirabai, Surdas, Nandadas and Krishnadas.
Liquid is a type of gestural, interpretive, rave and urban street dance that sometimes involve aspects of pantomime. The term invokes the word liquid to describe the fluid-like motion of the dancer’s body and appendages and digits to refer to illusions constructed with the dancer’s fingers. Liquid dancing has many moves in common with popping and waving. The exact origins of the dances are uncertain, although they came out of either popping, raves, or both sometime from the 1970s to 1990s. The dance is typically done to a variety of electronic dance music genres from trance to drum and bass to glitch hop, depending on the dancer’s musical taste
Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The movements of salsa have its origins in Cuban Son, Cha-cha-cha, Mambo and other dance forms, and the dance, along with the salsa music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York
Salsa dance socials are commonly held in night clubs, bars, ballrooms, restaurants, and outside, especially if part of an outdoor festival. Salsa dancing is an international dance that can be found in most metropolitan cities in the world. Festivals are held annually, often called a Salsa Congress, in various host cities aimed to attract variety of salsa dancers from other cities and countries. The events bring dancers together to share their passion for the dance, build community, and to share moves and tips with each other. These events usually include salsa dance performers, live salsa music, workshops, open dancing, and contests.