Street dance is a general term given to dances which originate outside the dance studios and in social spaces such as streets, block parties, dance parties, playgrounds, school yards and nightclubs, regardless of country of origin.
Often improvisational and social in nature, styles can greatly vary but original street dances include forms such as breaking, popping and locking.
Nowadays the terms “streetdance” and “Hip Hop dance” are often used to refer to a studio-based version of the forms which came about after established teachers and choreographers of Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary tried to copy the “street” styles when they were popularised. Since this style did not evolve naturally in a social space, it does not have defined steps, which means that anything can be included within it and be put under the umbrella of “street dancing”. You may have seen this style in music videos (especially commercial Hip Hop) or performed by backing dancers at music shows.
The main difference to understand is that this type of “Streetdance” was invented in studios to be taught in classes and to be performed on stages and videos. In contrast, the original street dances were not invented but evolved, and evolved on the streets, clubs and parks rather than the studio or the stage.
We teach street dance moves as an integral part of many of our modern dance tunes and in performances. Incorporating this into hip-hop and other modern music genres, the dance is taught from 4 years onwards.
- Posted On : 27 Dec 2013