Hip hop dance is one of the most famous modern dance forms practiced in India. It has been a hugely popular choice for a lot of dancers. In fact, one would go as far as to say that this dance form is probably the most famous and heard of modern dance form in India.
Even outside the popularity of this particular dance is mammoth-like. All over the world, people are attracted and interested to be a part of Hip hop dance. And to do something new and different in this dance form that has not been done before.
Hip hop dance’s worldwide popularity is another reason why it has become so super famous in India. We as a nation look to the west for inspiration when it comes to learning modern dance forms. So, of course, the popularity of hip hop dance is going to rub off on us as well.
But what is so interesting about hip hop dance which justifies its global popularity? Well, there are multiple reasons for its popularity both in India and outside all over the world. But we will explain this after we understand, what exactly is hip hop dance all about?
Hip hop dance: What is hip hop all about? It’s perception.
Hip hop dance is categorized under modern dance. And it is a massively popular dance form throughout the world. It requires a lot of flexibility, originality, and control. Plus, the great thing about this dance is that it is very individualistic.
And it is an ever growing and ever changing dance form that has multiple sub categories of dance falling under it. Yes, this dance has become so vast, that it has given birth to multiple sub categories of hip hop dance. There is a reason for its’ ever growing popularity and so, let us explore that reason further.
Hip hop dance has often been perceived as a form of street dance. It has basically been taken up by those dancers who don’t exactly come from a lot of money or may not have a lot of support to pursue their dreams. It is a fact that because they cannot pay high tuition to learn any other dance discipline, they might prefer to join hip hop dance as it is a more economical option.
Association with Street dance
To understand this further, we will have to learn a little bit about the history of hip hop dance and culture. But we will dwell into that later. Let us first understand a little bit about what is street dance?
Street dance is the dance that is opted by many when they do not have a lot of money to spend on learning any dance form. Or someone opts for it when they just want to explore their creativity in dance without the confines of a classroom or the rules that come with it.
Whatever their motivation may be to join, street dance has become a very popular and attractive option for dancers. And street dance has over time been given the tag of being known as hip hop dance.
History of Hip hop dance timeline
Hip hop dance definition is basically a dance form that initially started with street dance. And then later went on to expand into many different forms of dancing. Let us understand how this happened by understanding the hip hop dance history and culture.
Hip hop dance was first introduced to the world in 1970s. It is basically sourced from hip hop music and street jazz music. That is this particular dance was performed on hip hop music and street jazz tunes.
It was first discovered and made popular by African Americans and Latin Americans in the U.S. in the 1970’s. The characteristics of hip hop dancing that caught everyone’s eye were the upbeat energy with which this dance was performed.
The upbeat music with energizing moves and great swag made this an instant hit with not only the African Americans and Latin Americans but also with the rest of the world as well.
And as the popularity of this dance form spread, more and more dancers got interested to learn this dance form and make it their own. That is how this dance style began to evolve into so much more than just street dance.
For the great thing about hip hop dance is that because it started as a way to enjoy oneself on music and not as a technique based dance, it led to a lot of creativity. More people wanted to learn this dance because of the freedom of expression, creativity, and movement that hip hop dancing allowed.
There wasn’t any strict module given on how to learn this dance style. It all came from the heart and from feeling the music. This dance form is perhaps the most liberal dance apart from Bollywood dance when it comes to movements and techniques.
Sure, there are a lot of techniques that you learn that can make you a better hip hop dancer. But primarily, it is how you feel while listening to music and how you move to the music is what is important in being a good hip hop dancer.
Hip Hop Dance: its Popularity
We define hip hop dance as an energetic, upbeat dance form that includes various other types of dances. Everything from street dance to popping and locking to krumping come under hip hop dance. And it is because of these variations in movements that this dance is so popular.
Hip hop dance can be called the dance of the general population or the commons. It is so diverse that everyone from kids to adults loves to learn and indulge in it. Because there are so many styles within one dance form that we get attracted to this style.
Then, of course, hip hop is a full on energy dance style. You need to give it your all. And when you are happy and motivated, you are of course going to display lots of energy and power. Yes, hip hop is a powerful dance style. It is a force of nature.
It is also sometimes a very aggressive dance style. That is because it is sometimes used as a way to dispel the frustration that a person has. A very productive use of aggression isn’t it? As it has been used as an outlet for creativity, hip hop dance has had a mix of different styles emerge from it.
Hip hop dance: How widespread is it?
So how widespread is the popularity of hip hop dancing? Well, as mentioned above it is a rage globally. Every country whether it is the United States or Canada or African countries or Latin American countries or Asian countries (including India) is an ardent admirer of hip hop style and has many people learning hip hop in all these countries all over the world.
So now you see a variety of dance reality shows all over the world that feature hip hop dance as one of its staple and main dance styles. So whether it is ‘So you think you can dance’ in the United States or ‘Dance India Dance’ or ‘Dance Plus’ in India, there are numerous reality shows that are promoting and integrating hip hop style in their program.
You see, hip hop dance has become fashionable and a rage everywhere because of its infectious energy and its inclusive structure. Anyone and everyone can learn hip hop dance. You don’t need any special training (i.e. if you don’t want any) to be a hip hop dance performer.
You just need to have a love for dancing and performing. For dancing is a way to express who you are through movement and expressions and body language. And hip hop dance, in particular, provides you with that opportunity to be uninhibited and free.
Another great thing about hip hop is its’ infectious energy that can pull anyone away from boredom and towards the dance floor. And this energy and zest for dancing can be seen in various hip hop dance crews that have come up all over the world.
Types of hip hop dance
Whether it is the United States or China or India or any other country, many hip hop dance crews have been formed by dancers all over the world. And these dance crews and groups have a huge fan following in media, online everywhere. All of this has helped to make hip hop dance more and more beloved and prominent the world over.
And these dance crews have established themselves in various different types of hip hop dance styles. So, whether it is krumping or popping and locking, each of these dance styles (that come under hip hop category) has a list of famous hip hop dance crews and groups performing and specializing in them.
So, let us discuss the various dance styles of hip hop.
- Street Hip Hop
- B-boying and breaking
- Electric Boogaloo
- Harlem shake
- Liquids and digits
- Lyrical hip hop
So follow the groups and crews who specialize in these various forms. And enjoy dancing to hip hop dance music with full enthusiasm and energy and zest.
Hip hop dance: its benefits
After discussing the popularity of hip hop through continents. Let us now discuss the benefits. There are various benefits to learning hip hop dance styles and they are the following:-
- It is mentally very beneficial as learning and performing hip hop puts us in a lighter and more fun mood. That is, it can uplift our mood during a particularly trying day.
- Plus, it makes us mentally sharper also. As we have to follow choreography or remember steps, we are continuously using our mental faculties and exercising our brain cells. And this keeps us mentally active in the long term.
- Also, it improves our motor-eye coordination.
- Learning hip hop dance also strengthens our muscles as we become aware of those muscles also which till now were inactive due to a sedentary lifestyle.
- Also, because as a dancer and performer you need to be on your feet for a while, it helps to build our stamina too.
- And of course, because of all the movement and physical activity that the body is going through, we tend to lose a lot of weight and gain strength at the same time. This is called a double whammy.
- With everything else, learning hip hop dance also helps us with improving our flexibility.
- Hip hop also teaches us immense focus and helps in concentration too as we have to catch the smallest of beats in this dance style.
- But the best of all benefit that we get from indulging in Hip Hop is the immense satisfaction and joy of doing what we love.
Prospects of being a hip hop dancer in India: Share your videos here at Sharehiss
After discussing extensively the popularity and benefits of hip hop dance, let us come down to the opportunities associated with it. That is, what are the career prospects of being a hip hop dancer in India and abroad?
Well as discussed earlier, people have become a lot more aware and attracted to this dance style since the influx of dance reality shows. In India since the advent of dance reality shows that showcase different forms of hip hop dance, there has been a surge in its demand.
Of course, films like ‘ABCD’ and ‘ABCD2’ (directed by the celebrated Hip hop dancer and choreographer Remo D’souza) have only helped in making hip hop more famous. Taking an example from these shows and movies, hip hop dance crews and groups have formed all over the country.
These groups participate in competitions and perform at events and in movies also. Some have opened their own dancing studios too and some hip hop dancers have taken the Bollywood route and become Bollywood choreographers.
So as you can see, it is a good time to be a hip hop dancer in India. And if you are really talented, it is no longer difficult to attain the fame you deserve. Social media and the internet are there to help you become the next best thing.
And so are we here at Sharehiss, ready to help you provide a platform that will make you the next great hip hop dancer. All you have to do is share your video with a little bit about you at Sharehiss and we will share your video on our site.
We wish you all the very best in your quest to be the next great thing in Hip hop.