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Hip-hop Dance Styles: BASIC KNOWLEDGE

During my time posting here on, I have tried to make a difference in regards to how people view hip-hop on the hip-hop forum. Many come in with MAJOR misconceptions regarding hip-hop dancing. It's rather insulting. It's like someone coming to the ballet section saying ballet is only for little white girls in tights and pink tutus, and its not a real dance.

So why am I posting this? The answer is simple: to educate ALL dancers about the dance I love. And I encourage people from all section to make such posts, even in other sections! So, here's some basics on REAL hip-hop, terms and corrections of media wrong-doing.

Hip-hop (studio)- Studio hip-hop, is NOT considered (among true hip-hop heads) real hip-hop. Hip-hop, in its early years, was rather sexist and homophobic. So, the ballet dancers that could not make it in ballet that tried hip-hop and were shunned there, came together and created their own style of dance that they could pawn off to the dance world as hip-hop. When the video era came about, it was THESE dancers that were making it into videos (by means of producers that knew NOTHING about hip-hop).

The end result of all this, is what you see as MOST dancing in music videos: pirrouettes, pencil turns, fluid/languid arm movements, borrowed names for movements and no different styles, and the requirement of ballet as a background (due to much ballet influence).

Hip-hop (party dancing)- It's just that: how people dance at parties!!! This includes mainly MOVES such as the Harlem Shake, the Crip Walk (also C-Walk...this is a GANG dance and should not be done), krumping, 2-stepping and grinding/freakdancing/booty popping, etc.

The THREE ORIGINAL HIP-HOP DANCES (bboying/locking/popping)- Bboying is really the only TRUE hip-hop dance. (PLEASE do not call it BREAKDANCING. That is a media term that hip-hop heads HATE. There is no such thing as a breakdancer or breakdancing. It would be like us calling ballet "TuTu Dancing". It would get on your nerves!!!) Locking and Popping (TWO separate dances... its like saying Ballet and Jazz) both come out of FUNK music dance styles (hence the nickname, the funkstyles). Bboying developed along with the newly budding style of hip-hop (before it was named as such) in 1972.

If you ask any hip-hop head that knows their history, and not what MTV or BET shows them, then they will tell you, "the TRUE hip-hop dance styles are where it is at!!!" Bboying consists of 4 different styles that are their own dances. Locking is its own dance style. (There is no such thing as poplocking or pop-n-lock.) And the umbrella style of popping (which is why we say funkstyles) has over 26 separate styles of dance. When I say style, I am not talking about "flavor," meaning a different look to the same dance techniques, I mean 26 individual FORMS of dance with their own separate and special techniques.

When you look at hip-hop from this perspective, there is no such thing as "Jazz-funk", there is no such thing as "Street"/"Disco Street", there is no such thing as hip-hop in a studio (there are exceptions...). Why? In the eyes of someone who is IN LOVE with this CULTURE, someone that lives it every second of their life, the rest is all fake.

"Accept no substitues!!!" Always go for the real deal. Hip-hop dancers don't follow 8-counts, we make up our own movements based on techniques for the individual dance styles. Any good hip-hop dancer can dance (bust) to any song, anywhere, anytime, and not repeat a move for several hours. Keep that in mind when you think about hip-hop dancing.

Peace and Respect to ALL dancers,
Funkacidal Maniacs Crew

The Whoop Rico is a dance created to the Show Stoppas song "Whoop Rico".

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Backstage Bliss: 11 Rules of Thumb for Students in a Dance Recital

Whether it is your first recital or your fourteenth, it never hurts to be reminded about proper backstage etiquette and behavior. Your studio owners and teachers may have specific regulations and procedures for you to follow. Adhering to these rules helps the performance to run smoothly for you and the others around you. Recitals can be hectic and stressful for those trying to make the day/evening go off without a hitch. I know your teachers will appreciate not having to remind you or your friends of these basics on recital day.

1. Don’t mess with other people’s props or costumes

This is a top directive of any backstage situation. Playing with or moving someone else’s props or costume pieces always results in one of the following: A) items will not be in the correct place when they are needed, stalling the show or leaving someone without, B) items get broken, torn, damaged, stalling the show or leaving someone without, C) someone being rather upset with you. If the prop or costume is not yours, don’t touch it! Even if you think it’s in the wrong place and are trying to help, you should just tell the person to whom it belongs or an appropriate adult.

2. Stay in your designated area

I know it can be annoying to be restricted as to where, when, or how you can go somewhere, especially when you are quite familiar with the building or backstage area. It can also be tempting to want to move from your green room (or waiting area) if your friends are required to be in another location. However, it is important to stay where you are supposed to be throughout the recital process. Why? Teachers and recital helpers have a lot of kids to keep track of during a performance. When their requests are ignored, you stand the chance of missing your entrances or causing someone else to miss theirs. Even worse, is that no one knows where to look for you should something unfortunate occur.

3. Bring something to do

Recital performances almost always involve a lot of waiting either during dress rehearsal or on show days or both. Even if you think you’ll be busy, it’s always a good idea to bring something quiet to do backstage as you wait (in your designated area). Some possibilities include a book, a simple card game, pens and paper, coloring books and crayons, puzzle books, even a hand-held video game if the sound can be turned off. It is alright to play games with friends as long as you can keep the noise levels down. Just make sure you are ready and in your next costume before engaging in an activity, and that you can drop what you’re doing immediately when asked to go.

4. Always stay one step ahead

Be on top of things and be responsible for yourself. Don’t rely on others to know what’s next, know where you are supposed to be, or what you have to do - not if you don’t have to or are old enough to do it yourself, anyway. This involves laying out your costumes ahead of time and knowing what order they go on, keeping track of where your dances are in the performance (and what’s before them), knowing what hair or makeup changes are made and when, being sure about which side of the stage you enter from, double checking that you have all you need before you leave the house.

5. Keep socializing to a minimum

There’s a lot of energy in the atmosphere at a performance. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement with your friends backstage, allowing noise levels to escalate and/or creating a distracting environment for yourself or others. To have the best show possible it is important that everyone stay calm and focused. After a successful show is the appropriate time to party. During the show choose calm activities (see #3) to occupy yourself and your friends and reserve your energy for your performance onstage.

6. Stay quiet in the wings

The immediate backstage area is not the place to go over choreography, have a conversation, or ask a question. Sound from backstage can carry surprisingly well to the “house,” or audience. If you are prepared, calm, and focused there should be no reason for talking in the wings. If a peer asks you a question, nod (if the answer is yes or no), and/or calmly remind them to be quiet with the universal symbol at left. Making noise in order to quiet others is not only unhelpful, it doesn’t make much sense! Which leads me to…

7. Be responsible for you and you alone

Unless you are specifically put in charge of a person or group, allow a teacher or someone in authority to take care of any disorderly students. If you know that someone missed being given an important direction, for example, when it is time to line up, calmly let them know and then move along yourself. Don’t waste time helping those who are not helping themselves because your only job is to be responsible for you. When you occupy yourself with what others are or are not doing, you risk missing your own cues, entrances, costume changes, etc.

8. Stay warm, stay safe

It is important to stay safe and free of injury backstage. If you know you have some downtime between numbers, wear a warm-up and/or legwarmers over your next costume (just remember to take them off!), staying active and mobile with full-body movements like noiseless jumping jacks or body swings, and doing some stretching to keep your body warm and limber while you wait. Other safety measures include not wearing soft shoes or bare feet in areas that have not been swept clear (especially in the immediate backstage area where often there can be shards of wood or glass, or things lying about from other performances). Your teachers will let you know if an area is safe to be barefoot but wear shoes/flip-flops if you are going to be moving about backstage in zones that may not have been cleared.

9. Be conscious of bleeding light

This is one that even those helping at a recital sometimes forget. If you’ve ever stood in a dark room when someone opens the door to a room that is lit, you understand that light has a way of “bleeding” into the darkness. This is why it is kept dark in the backstage area with only blue or other filtered lights illuminating the area. Being conscious of this means waiting until someone from the inside (who knows when it is “safe”) opens a door to the backstage area, or listening for the appropriate time yourself. Typically when you know that the dancers onstage are performing and being lit, it is safe to enter but do so quickly, quietly, and close the door behind you. Any light from backstage can affect the lighting design onstage.

10. Be conscious of sight lines

This is another one of which novices to the stage may not be aware. Sight lines are imaginary lines that distinguish what is visible to the audience and what is not. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see an audience member, they can see you. However, you must be aware of your whole body, not just your eyes. When waiting in the wings, it is a good idea to stand close to the curtain (without moving it) and back from the very edge. Some studio owners will place a line of tape for students to stand within or behind when waiting backstage. Though it can be tempting to try to see everything happening onstage, stay out of the audience’s line of sight. If your cue for entering cannot be seen from where you are waiting, dress rehearsal is the time to figure out a new cue!

11. Don’t argue

Last but not least, it is important to be courteous and respectful toward others, especially during a performance. This includes the teachers, parents, and others who are helping backstage at a recital. By showtime you should know (by face, name, or by an identifying badge or button) teh people who have been designated as helpers and what role they play in helping the performance to run smoothly. If you are instructed to do something or go somewhere, asked to quiet down, or are otherwise asked to respond to a request - just do it! Don’t question, don’t argue, don’t grumble.

If you happen to be absolutely positive that you are being misdirected, ask nicely to check the facts - “I am sure that I am to be in Room C, not Room A right now. Can we double check, just to be sure, please?” People’s patience can run thin during a high-stress situation like a performance. If your respectful response is not appreciated, don’t react. Simply do your best to comply with the direction given.

For those of you who still have recitals ahead, I hope that this list will come in handy. Remember that everyone backstage at a performance wants the same thing - a great show that runs smoothly and is fun for the audience and participants. Though the show’s organization may not be something you can control, you still have the power to make sure you are fulfilling your role to the best of your ability. Following these eleven rules of thumb will help to ensure that. Have a great performance!

What are some other things students should do or remember when they are backstage?

What are some things your studio does to keep things running smoothly at a performance?

Tutting is a modern interpretive dance consisting of geometric positions and movements, predominantly with the use of right angles. The dance is performed with precision to the musical rhythm by altering different positions in a stop-go fashion.

While not well documented, Tutting was believed to start becoming popular with other funk styles in the 1980's. It is said that the dance began as a simple mimicry of ancient Egyptian Art. It is said that Tutting got its name from the Egyptian Pharaoh King Tut.

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Hi guys, its my first time to do an article here at dancepinoy, so let me start by introducing myself im Sen and im from the Flipendemic Kru.

Nowadays, technology really expands beyond our expectations, specially in the field of computers and mini-gadgets, many people interpret this as an "imagination, turned into reality", but how can we keep up with this changes? i know this is a silly question, but still, do we Filipinos really ready for what this "impressive" word has to offer, and what does this thing has to do with us?

Many would think, specially here in dancepinoy, how can we relate this "Technology" to dancing? "hmmm..." let me put it this way, in the early days people use cassette tapes for recording and for special musical presentations, better than the old long playing albums, but still, it has its own limitations specially in its quality, and recording procedures, therefore, people still find new ways to upgrade or to solve this certain limitations and to improve its capacity. Technology offers us this solutions, for example, Nowadays, computer aided music mixing and editing tools are used, it is much easier to make music and mix them all together in one, technology also came up of this small version of a long playing album, the "Compact Disc" (CD), which can hold up to 700mb of any kind of computer applications, including the compression of files in music, as now known as mp3 (Motion Picture Experts Group ver. 3 for audio), i know i skip some common evolutions in music making and storing, it would take like, 2 pages if i include it one by one, but to make it all clear and more easier for u guys to understand, ill just skip it and continue with this simple explanation about how this "Technology" and its kind affects our community's thinking and how it is created to find new and efficient ways in the Music and Entertainment Industry.

To continue, I can also include the Internet, "Whoa!" "Tell me, Does anyone here didnt know that?" another silly question! of course! anyone or everbody knows about it, specially the one who is reading this, "hello?" "hehe!" ok, so lets put it this way, in our field as dancers we use this as a simple catalyst to learn and to have ideas about our concerns, knowing that it is world wide! it helps us make some of our questions easier to find provided with answers and history about it, video, music and images are just a click away, i know some of us use this "Internet" thing to judge someone or anyone whether GOOD or BAD like idolizing someone and the well known "Haters or Bitters", some just use it to roam or surf around and make a day past, this things are included and now are commonly seen in some video posting sites and in chatting or video chats (cam to cam). Improving our technology also affected the way GAMES are now known, remember Mario and Luigi? "hehe!" better graphics and soundeffects are improved! but how about dancing?  "hmmm..." Dance Dance Revolution is the one we would first think, well your right! it has touched the hearts of our fellow countrymen whether your a dancer or not, it also soared high in the industry of TV entertainment, where it has been a part of their segments. but everything in this planet has it own end, DDR's time of fame has depleted and minimized, nowadays some of the arcade stations didn't have this game anymore, "Oh No! Does this mean its the end of the dance related games?!" Worry no more! some of the great game developers and promoters host this music and dance related games for the dance enthusiasts and the young at hearts to enjoy, 02 jam, Audition Online and Dance Online, these are some of the many MMOMVG (Massively Multiplayer Online Music Video Game) that are now
available for you to play, whether it is open or closed beta.
Actually technology speaks of itself, we live with it, mentioning it all more specifically would only take time and sillyness! everyone knows it and are very much familiar, im sure Filipino families are always ready for big changes, just include its common "layman's term" and they're off! we're a people who greatly appreciates anything or everything under the sun!

Technology really plays a vital role in our life nowadays, it's more like a human's physiological need, without it, life can never be easy and fun, it has touched everything in this world, even in the Entertainment Industry, all we need to do is to use it properly and wisely, it is not created to destroy humanity but it has the power to do things what its creator wants, just a friendly advise, Do what u think is right and ask what you think is wrong, simple thinking can never be a big burden for you, I made this article not to make you guys know about our technology nor introduce it to you, i made it because some misused it and neglect it's essence, I also want to remind you guys, that having this kind of power comes with great responsibility (Spiderman Movie), specially in dancing. be who you are and let other's idea catch on you, be real and quick! a simple change cannot be painful be aware of that.

Vogue, the dance, became a mainstream phenomenon in 1990 when pop star Madonna released the single “Vogue” from her album I'm Breathless and featured the dance in her music video for the single. The dance utilizes model-like photo poses and angular, linear movements of the limbs. The history of the dance goes back at least two decades earlier when the dance started to appear in New York City underground clubs. House clubs such as the House of Royals, House of Mizrahi, House of LaPerla, and many others around the country in the 1970s and 1980s featured the underground dance.

In Vogue, the performer performs one of two distinct styles: Old Way (pre-1990) and New Way (post-1990). In the Old Way style, the performance is characterized by the formation of lines, symmetry, and precision in the execution of the formations and graceful, fluid motions. In contrast, the New Way utilizes more rigid, geometric patterns of movement with limb contortions and sleight of hand/wrist illusions. The New Way has been called a modified version of pantomime as imaginary objects, such as boxes, have been introduced into the dance. The dancers utilize these imaginary objects in their movements as they gain respect for their style. For example, a dancer might create an imaginary television set box around their head and then utilize facial expressions to the beat of the music inside that box.

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