Red Bull Dance Your Style is back for 2021, so it’s time to sharpen your street dance vocabulary and learn what it is, from popping and krump to hip-hop and house.

The best of the best international artists from different walks of street dance come together to compete against each other at Red Bull Dance Your Style, where the dance is entirely improvised and the competition is decided by the audience.

You will see that each style has its distinctive movements, music and story, to which each dancer adds their unique flavor.

What is street dancing?

Street dancing is an umbrella term for a range of different social dance styles, and it’s not hard to recognize which style you’re looking at once you know what to look for.

The genre originated around the 1970s in African American and Latin American communities in America, and continues to thrive through the invention and fusion of styles to this day.

Hip hop, to burst, whacking, litefeet, krump and house were all styles of street dance developed outside the traditional space of dance studios and on streets, clubs, parties and parks. They are usually of improvised origin and have danced in social gatherings or dance battles, which is the context in which Red Bull Dance Your Style competitions bring to life.

We’ll walk you through the six popular street dance styles mentioned above so you can appreciate the aesthetics and genesis of each as they take the stage.

Also known as “get lite,” the litefeet is a style that began in the subways around Harlem, New York in the early 2000s. It developed from rogue performances among crowds of people. commuters and in the general public, as well as the distinctive Litefeet musical genre.

You will see that this is a pretty flashy street dance style that often incorporates awesome break style stuff, as well as accessory stuff with clothes like shoes and hats. Dancers perform a daring technical footwork that resembles a street adaptation of traditional tap dancing, and always end their dance with an emphatic closing move called locking.

Hip-hop is often used as a label for the entire culture of street dance styles, and that’s partly because it uses a fusion of their movements and techniques. But hip-hop freestyle was born as its own style on the east and west coast of the United States.

There was a popularization of famous movements that lightly mocked famous people, like Bart Simpson, Steve Martin, and Running Man. You will still see these moves in 21st century hip-hop or the “New Style,” which is the most commercialized and heterogeneous style of street dance today.

Watch the 2017 Juste Debout Hip-Hop Final below.

Certainly one of the most recognizable styles, popping is loaded with abrupt muscle contractions that create the effect of a “hit” or “pop” to the beat of the music. It was started on the West Coast of the United States by Boogaloo Sam and is often used as a catch-all term for similar illusory dance styles, despite some OGs disagreeing on this subcategory.

When popping, the dancers focus on the juxtaposition of movements that are either dramatically rigid or fluid. They can appear with exaggerated reverberation, come to a sudden stop called a “dime stop,” create the illusion of stop-motion animation, or incorporate grooves like mime, isolation, and floating-defying footwork. gravity.

Discover the 2018 Juste Debout Final Popping below.

Waacking began in 1970s underground gay clubs in Los Angeles and New York, where vibrant disco and funk music dominated the scene and the black, Latino and Asian LGBTQI + community found their freedom of expression through dance. .

The “Whack” is a distinctive movement where the dancers rhythmically wave their arms in a series of striking poses. In the movements, you can see the influence of the melodrama of classic Hollywood actresses, the nunchuck-inspired movement of the 1970s martial arts movies, and the theatrical action of the comic book heroes of the 1960s.

The post-disco era of the late 1970s paved the way for electronic house music to dominate the party scene, and so house dance arose from the melting pot of minority groups on the dance floors of Chicago and New York. York. This style relies on quick and lively footwork, upper body fluidity, and your ability to improvise.

Dancers sometimes drop in baby powder to make it easier to perform all of their acrobatic movements involving floor rotations and slides – an element of the house style called lofting.

Check out some of the best house dancers from the 2018 Juste Debout final battle in the player below.

Originating from a social alternative to street violence in the United States, krumping is a style of street dancing that channels aggression and raw emotions into fast, high-energy movements. It evolved from a less intense ’90s style called Clowning, and it’s almost always freestyle danced in interactive battles.

Krumping moves are typically powerful and incorporate the four fundamental moves: kicks, jabs, chest pops, and arm swings. The idea is that the dancers take up space and feed off the energy of others in an interaction that is performatively confrontational but does not actually promote combat.

To see these moves in action, attend Australia’s Red Bull Dance Your Style National Final on Friday, October 8 by visiting Red Bull Australia TikTok.

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