Snap Dancing

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Snap Dancing consists of a genre of dances where the performers improvise the movements based on the lyrics of a song. Many dances fall into this category, such as the Soulja Boy, “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It”, and others. A large number of these dances emerged from the Southern Hip Hop genre of music in Atlanta, Georgia in the last few years.

The term snap dance comes from classical dances where a brisk and abrupt body, head, arm, and hand action is used to signify a distinct feeling. This concept has since been adapted to the Southern Hip Hop styling in their lyrical improvisation dances. An example of this type of dance is where the chorus of a song might say “lean, snap, snap” and the dancers mimic these motions. In snap dancing, snapping of the fingers often accompanies the dance movements. Advanced dancers frequently incorporate complicated footwork as well.

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Region of origin: 
Atlanta, GA 


Popularized by: 
Lil’ Jon, Dem Franchize Boyz, D4L
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