In just over a period of a few years, hip hop dance has really caught on big time with the mainstream media, and it is reflected in the popular culture. No part of the entertainment industry seems to be away from the recent craze. The air time it is given is a good indicator of how many people across the world really relate to it. Hip Hop dance forms have emerged to be independent on the original culture, and many dancing it today without having or having just a little connection to the original culture.
Hip hop dance primarily refers to the dance form that is performed to hip hop music, and is usually synonymous with that music. Some trademark moves like locking, popping and breaking have come to be easily related to hip hop dance. The most significant part of hip hop dance is the absence of any restrictions (known as free-styling), a method in which pretty much anything goes and this had given raise to the belief that hip hop dance is not bound by any predetermined moves and rules, and that there are no boundaries. Hip-hop dancers frequently engage in battles—formal or informal freestyle dance competitions and like the minds of the dancers, these sessions are meant to transcend through barriers of segregation.
Informal freestyle sessions and Hip hop battles are usually performed in a circular dance space that forms naturally once the dancing begins. Three elements—freestyling, battles, and ciphers—are key components of hip-hop dance. Though breaking and the funk styles are different stylistically they have always shared many surrounding elements such as their improvisational nature and the way they originated from the streets within Black and Latino communities. The funk styles were integrated into hip-hop in the 1980s when the culture reached the west coast of the United States. Later on, new styles emerged and were developed by technically trained dancers who wanted to create choreography for hip-hop music from the hip-hop dances they saw being performed on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is now one of the most sought after dances, globally.
The Hip Hop Body Wave
The body wave in hip-hop, similar to the arm wave, is a fluid motion from the heels, through the legs, up the torso and to the head. Start with your heels apart, say, the left foot slightly ahead of the right, with enough width that shifting balance and body weight to the toes of your feet by lifting the heels shouldn’t make you feel uncomfortable. When you do this your knees automatically folds and pushes forward and that is when you need to start bringing your heels down, roll back your body weight to your heels and transmit the wave above the knees to the hips, belly, chest and the head. The end position of the upward body wave would be the heads falling between the rolling shoulders. Remember to roll the shoulder forward as you pass on the wave to your neck and to your head.
On the reverse the body wave starts from tilting the head back, rolling the shoulder back to normal position and letting the wave roll on to the chest to the ribs, the belly waist, hips into the knees and finally ending in the feet. Roll your shoulders forward, roll them back and take out your chest, roll back into the chest, waist and turn out to the knees, turn in before you repeat the upward wave. You need to practice it part by part, and then slowly try to do it continuously without rushing it. With practice you would master it and increase speed little by little until you become the wave.
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