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From Street to Stage: The Rise of Hip-hop Dance

Updated: Apr 29, 2023


Steet dancers performing - via pexels

Dance has existed since the time of our ancestors and continues to exist today. Involving the movement of the body, from breaking to popping to locking, dance is a universal expression of art. It involves the usage of the body to move to create different rhythms, often to the tune of music.


Over the years, dance styles have changed and different forms have been adopted, but dance continues to remain one way through which people of diverse cultures express themselves and appreciate their culture.

History of Street Dance


Street dance, as the name implies, is a dance that is filled with freestyles and mostly happens on the street. It involves people dancing in any open space, like a park, at a party or on the streets and could be considered as the umbrella in which hip-hop dance takes its cause.


This type of dance evolved from the dance that occurred in any open space in America, during the 1970s, and has since gone on to become a thing in the dance industry, with dancers like Ashley Banjo, Toni Basil, Les Twins and all other street dancers standing at the forefront of its performance.

The Rise of Hip-hop Dance


Hip-hop dance is a form of street dance that involves locking, breaking and twisting to the rhythms of a music. It is one of the most popular forms of dancing because it involves the freedom of styles I.e hip-hop dancers are allowed to freestyle a lot, as long as they are locking, popping, twisting and breaking.


Hip-hop dance evolved in the late 1960s and 1970s from the popular street dance. It was inspired from African dances that involved a lot of breaking and popping, and created a new form of dance that allowed room for freestyling, making it become one of the most popular forms of dancing.

How the world takes Hip-hop Dance

Hip-hop dance is enjoyed by all and sundry, from young children to adults. The style of breaking, then popping and locking intrigues spectators, that's why there's always a gathering where someone is dancing hip-hop.


The world of hip-hop dance, has created a lot of attention to the dancers and also room for relaxation to the spectators.


Here are three famous hip-hop dancers of our time:

Michael Jackson



Michael Jackson is knwon as the king of break dancing. His unique style of blending break dancing with funk and soul dancing endeared him to the world.


Popularly regarded as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson's contribution to music and dance made him a well-known figure. For over four decades, he dazzled us with his unique style of dancing and now, years after his death, his legacy lives with us.



LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 09: Ciara performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For dcp)

Ciara is an American dancer and singer, known for her hip-hop infused style of singing and dancing. She came into limelight in 2004, after her debut, and she went on to win Best Dance Performance at Soul Train Music award in 2010.

The Les Twins


Image via photographer Jamie Luca

The Les Twins, Laurent and Larry Nicholas Bourgeois, are French dancers and directors of their brand, “Eleven Paris.” The Les Twins are identical twins who are known for their unique style of Hip-hop dance.

Hip-Hop Dance has been around for ages and will keep on being one form of art that survives centuries and generations. What's more important? It's a form of art everyone can partake in!



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