Gyaan Guru Maa is back :-)
I love those dance movies where people are passionate about dancing and there are contests where amazing talent is displayed and discovered.
For example: Step Up, Dirty Dancing, Footloose…
(Can’t remember any Hindi movie apart from Dil Toh Pagal Hai and Aaja Nach Le, which were definitely not as exciting as the English counterparts.)
Even the Hollywood films with cheerleader competitions are super fun to watch – Bring It On, et al.
Really, I think no one can beat the Americans when it comes to boogie-ing!
Especially the hip-hop. And that’s my topic for the day…
A little history / introduction, anyone?!!
Captain Wiki to the rescue…
So, (I quote from the site…) Hip-hop dance includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were developed in the 1970s by Black and Latino Americans. Freestyling, battles, and ciphers—are key components of hip-hop dance. What do they mean? Read on…
Hip-hop dance is unique because it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dancers frequently engage in battles (formal or informal freestyle dance competitions). Informal freestyle sessions and battles are usually performed in a cipher, "a circular dance space that forms naturally once the dancing begins.”
To some, hip-hop dance may only be a form of entertainment or a hobby. To others it has become a lifestyle: a way to be active in physical fitness or competitive dance and a way to make a living by dancing professionally.
This form of dance is more than 30 years old, and it became widely known after the first professional crews were formed in the 1970s. The most influential groups are the Rock Steady Crew, The Lockers, and the Electric Boogaloos who are responsible for the spread of breaking, locking, and popping respectively. What’s this now, you say?
Breaking includes four foundational dances:
1. Toprock - footwork oriented steps performed while standing up
2. Downrock - footwork performed on the floor using the hands to support your weight
3. Freezes - stylish poses done on your hands
4. Power moves - difficult and impressive acrobatic moves.
Two more interesting terms in breaking are:
Drops - Transitions between toprock and downrock, and
Burns - A move intended to embarrass the opponent during a battle, such as crotch grabbing.
Locking is similar to a freeze or a sudden pause. A locker's dancing is characterized by consistently locking in place and after a quick freeze moving again.
Popping is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer's body, referred to as a pop or a hit.
Enough about the technicalities. You can visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip-hop_dance for further info.
Let’s check out some freezes… that’s what excites me!!
(Variations are airchairs, of which double airchair is the most difficult and dangerous - rarely seen or performed.)
Pike - A freeze with one hand planted on the ground while the entire body is perpendicular to the floor with both feet held high to the air.