Popping is a highly technical dance style that involves isolations, rhythm and intense body control. It will often include a quick flex of the muscles to the rhythm of the music, and requires a good awareness of the body and muscle mechanics.
Popping demands continuous contraction of the muscles to the beat, to give a snapping type effect with a bounce. The style originated in Los Angeles during the 60/70’s, and was created by street dance crew, Electric Boogaloo.
This class is offered in many sub-genres such as Animation, Ballet Poppin, Waving and more! Classes for Popping start at 5 years and up!
Electric boogie is a style of popping (ticking) but the major difference is that Popping creates a soft wave whereas Electric Boogie creates more jerky waves with micro wave moves, executed with a high velocity more difficult than classical popping. The Robot, and the more smooth and controlled movements of mime are characteristic. Instead of throwing the body in and out of control like locking, or in total hydraulic control like The Robot, energy is passed through the body popping and snapping elbows, wrists, necks, hips and just about all the body joints along the way. Electric Boogaloo is more like mime in the sense that it imitates a live wire of electrical current or rippling river, but it still needs the control of The Robot to give it style.
Tutting: Tutting or Tetris is a dance style that mimics the angular poses common to ancient Egyptian art. Whoever coined the term probably imagined that this was how King Tut danced. The style is rapidly evolving but there are some constant rules that define it.
The most important stylistic convention is that limbs form 90 degree angles. While this constraint is fundamental, and for the most part is not violated, other aspects of the dance are in flux. Dancers used to utilize a limited set of static hiero-inspired poses, but they now have begun to create more complex geometric patterns involving interaction between multiple limbs.
- A style and a technique where you imitate film characters being animated by stop motion. The technique of moving rigidly and jerky by tensing muscles and using techniques similar to strobing and the robot makes it appear as if the dancer has been animated frame by frame. This style was heavily inspired by the dynamation films created by Ray Harryhausen, such as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958).
- A style that imitates animatronic robots. Related to the robot style, but adds a hit or bounce at the end of each movement.
- Boogaloo or boog style is a loose and fluid dance style trying to give the impression of a body lacking bones, partly inspired by animated movies and cartoons. It utilizes circular rolls of various body parts, such as the hips, knees and head, as well as isolation and sectioning, like separating the rib cage from the hip. It also makes heavy use of angles and various steps and transitions to get from one spot to the next. It was developed in 1975 by Boogaloo Sam. In the original boogaloo you do not pop, but combined with popping it becomes the electric boogaloo, the signature style of The Electric Boogaloos (the dance crew).
- A style of popping in which the chest is isolated by being pushed out and brought back while flexing the chest muscles. As this movement is performed to the beat the popper can incorporate different moves in between the chest bop. When practiced the chest bop can be done at a double-time interval adding a unique effect to the move.
- Crazy legs
- A leg-oriented style focusing on fast moving legs, knee rolls and twisting feet. Developed in 1980-81 by Popin’ Pete, originally inspired by the fast and agitated style of breaking by Crazy Legs from Rock Steady Crew.
- Dime stopping
- A technique of moving at a steady pace and then abruptly coming to a halt, as if attempting to stop on a dime. This is often combined with a pop at the beginning and/or end of the movement.
- Floating, gliding and sliding
- A set of footwork-oriented techniques that attempt to create the illusion that the dancer’s body is floating smoothly across the floor, or that the legs are walking while the dancer travels in unexpected directions. This style encompasses moves such as the backslide, aka the moonwalk, which was made famous by Michael Jackson.
Main article: Floating (dance)
- A ground move where the dancer imitates a lowrider car. The dancer drops to the ground with his/her knees inward (reverse indian style) and feet outward. He or she would move up, down, and around imitating the hydraulic movements of a lowrider auto.
- Performing techniques of traditional miming to the beat of a song. Most commonly practiced are various movements with the hands as if one could hold on to air and pull their body in any possibly direction. Miming can also be used to allow a popper to tell a story through his or her dance. This style is often used in battles to show the opponent how they can defeat them.
- A style imitating a puppet or marionette tied to strings. Normally performed alone or with a partner acting as the puppet master pulling the strings.
- A style imitating the scarecrow character of The Wizard of Oz. This style is supposedly pioneered by Boogaloo Sam in 1977. Focuses on outstretched arms and rigid poses contrasted with loose hands and legs.
- A style of popping that gives the impression that the dancer is moving within a strobe light. To produce this effect, a dancer will take any ordinary movement (such as waving hello to someone) in conjunction with quick, short stop-and-go movements to make a strobing motion. Mastering strobing requires perfect timing and distance between each movement.
- A way of popping where the dancer pops at smaller intervals, generally twice as fast as normal.
- Based on action figures such as G.I. Joe and Major Matt Mason, developed by an old member of the Electric Boogaloos called Toyman Skeet. Goes between straight arms and right angles to simulate limited joint movement.
- Tutting/King Tut
- Inspired by the art of Ancient Egypt (the name derived from the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, colloquially known as “King Tut”), tutting exploits the body’s ability to create geometric positions (such as boxes) and movements, predominantly with the use of right angles. It generally focuses on the arms and hands, and includes sub-styles such as finger tutting.
- Waving is composed of a series of fluid movements that give the appearance that a wave is traveling through the dancer’s body. It is often mixed with liquid dancing.
- A variety of intricate moves that create the illusion of separating, or isolating, parts of the body from the rest of the body. The most common types of isolation that poppers perform are head isolations, in which they seem to take their head out of place from the rest of their body and move it back in place in creative ways.
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