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Urban break dance

The creativity that dancing brings to the stage or the streets are here to stay. Urban break dancing from the word urban itself, meaning from the streets is very common to all.

Hip hop dancing is one form of urban dancing. Popularize from the streets, it pave its way to the music industry and to music videos. This dance comes from the soul and produces self impressions. Hip hop music contributes much to these dances. The beat and the rhythm that the body movements shall go with is the key to as more interesting dance. The explosiveness of the hip hop dance is a break in the formal dances that we use to do. This is much informal in style and all its technique like the jumping, rotations, breaking and popping contributes to the free style as it is. Hip hop music motivated the black youths in America to rebel and to reflect a culture but it was done unintentionally.

Hip hop music and dancing is therefore an urban way of expressing creativity and culture. Other sees this as an art which is enticing the people who loves dancing to take part on free style dancing. As this is an expression, it means some dancing style of hip hop implores direct exploitation on the attention that it has.

This style of dancing is also considered as a good exercise, because all parts of the body are moving in motion and doing some incredible movements. The flexibility and the balance that it brings shall help the dancers in making that big improvement in their dance style. The movements that it hip hop brings are not in dances like ballet and ballroom dancing. Remember that hip hop dancing is informal in style making it adaptable to everyone who wants to experience it. It doesn’t need formal training and more time to practice. Urban hip hop dancing exercises freedom in the movements that it makes. Not like in ballets that every movement has a name. In hip hop dancing, learning the technique is only the essential element that the dancer has to have to do the dance style.

Interested people who want hip hop dancing can easily be learned. Not like in any dance styles, urban hip hop break dancing needs no age limit and no restrictions on gender. The instructor doesn’t need to be a professional also, but it needs discipline for some of the movements are difficult to demonstrate and perform.

Lawrence

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | 2 Comments

Break dance battles

The history of break dancing comes from the streets. The innovation it brought to our music and dancing scene now is just great. Now this dance battles were just amazing as stopping the chaos in countries at war. Because of this dance battles and its popularity in some cases it replaced the war in gangster neighborhoods. This dance method became the means of ending dispute within them. Break dance battles became then a perfect solution to some problems revolving in the streets.

Break dancing is so flexible that street dancer even those who are not into the dancing thing are interested in doing them. Break dancing has no limitations to age and skill level. Break dance battles are showcases on street skills and innovative dances. Different documented moves made it more popular and made the dance battle more interesting. As complicated as it get, the more are the chances of winning the dance battle. The main focus of these dance battles is they did make the environment more peaceful. They don’t have to fight against blood on blood but now they have to fight against sweat for sweat on the street or dance floor.

Break dance battles nowadays are beginning to become a complex style of dancing. Break dancing competition involves now a lot of gymnastics and it really is making the battle more fascinating. Now this may seem good to some but it certainly is loosing some of its origin and the free style as it is. The people who sees the good side of this is just saying that it is just an evolution of the dance style.

As a resort to solve violence, break dance battles became the solution of omitting street battles and gang violence. They were using break dancing instead of taking it to the streets and fighting. It took a world different from the others.

The dedication for some of these dancers is just unmatched. It seems dancing for them is a life and death situation. Break dance battles come in groups and individual performance. As a group performance, one group has to invent a style that the opposing group must try to surpass. That is literally the battle done in break dancing.

The progress that break dancing did was just amazing. Now more and more people even kids are bringing their talent and skills to the dance floor to compete. Expect from time to time that new moves will be brought to the dance floor.

Lawrence

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Jump break the floor dance competition

The popularity of dancing has brought on the creation of dance competitions. The Jump – Break the Floor dance competition is among these and it is also one very prestigious and wide ranging event. Jump goes with the belief that every dancer must undergo competition in order to grow, however the competition itself must not be abused. This means that the jump – Break the Floor dance competition is all about a fun filled and stress-free environment.

Divisions of Competition

There are seven competition divisions. For the solo division, the dancer fee is $75 and is done within 3 minutes. The dancer fee for the Duo/Trio division is $45, $30 for the Group (4-9 dancers) division, and $30 for the Line (10-15 dancers) division. These divisions are limited to 3 minutes. The 4 minute Extended Line (16-24 dancers) division requires a $30 fee per dancer as well as the 5 minute Production (25-49 dancers) division, and the Extended Production (50+ dancers) division. Age divisions include Mini division (7-10 yrs old), junior division (11-12 yrs), Teen division (13-15 yrs), and senior division (16+ yrs). The performance division includes jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, open and showcase divisions.

The Rules

For all those dancers entering along with their teachers, registration is needed. This can be done online or seeing those in charge. Convention registration and Competition entry checks must be written separately. A 30 day postmarking is required for every entry before the convention. Changes are acceptable only 2 weeks before the convention, never later. Entry fees are not refundable. Checks should be made payable to Break the Floor productions.

Competition fees are per entry, per person. Canadian checks are void, only US funds bank money orders. For each routine, there must be a filled up official entry form. Professional dancers are accepted by competition is not allowed if over 18. Dancers can compete in numerous cities. But if the dance number won gold in a particular city, that number is not usable. Dancers may represent one studio only. Schools competing with multiple locations can enter as separate studios but no mixing of dancers. Soloists must also join in other group divisions.

Multiple categories can be entered but strictly no competition among themselves. A jump faculty cannot judge his choreographed number. Dangerous props are not allowed. A number can be asked to be repeated by judges. Dances should be on schedule. Dances with greater than 3 gymnastic passes are to be in the Open division. It is a must to be ready 30 minutes before the schedule. Inappropriate music, clothing, and choreography is penalized.

For more details about Jump: Break the Floor Dance Competition, see their official website.

Lawrence

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | 3 Comments

Break dance and martial arts combined

Break dancing has become a very popular part of today’s culture. When you speak of break dancing, probably the first thing that would come to mind is cool moves or complicated acrobatics plus a rocking music. There are many factors though that contributes on break dancing and not just the music, particular on the area of movement. Break dancing is highly influenced by moves taken from acrobatics, gymnastics, and yes martial arts.

Dancing

Dancing is all about the rhythm and the music. The body when dancing should flow from one graceful posture to another. A dancer would not be such if he or she cannot ride along the tune and the rhythm. It is therefore very necessary to have a good musical and rhythmic sense when engaging in dancing. Truly there are a lot of dances but the music and the beat are integral parts of it.

Martial Arts

Martial arts on the other hand only involve music on some cases but music is not really an integral part. Martial arts are all about rigid discipline. After all martial arts are for fighting and one mistake can lead to harmful conclusions. One practicing martial arts need not have a sense of musical rhythm as long as there is power or agility.

The Combination

When you combine music and martial arts, you get break dancing. A sense of music and rhythm as well as a fit body plus power and agility are definitely needed in break dancing. Technical skills are equally important with the ability to freeze and start the dance all according to the beat. Also, discipline and focus is needed by a dancer to successfully break dance. Indeed break dancing can be flashy but within the core, a dancer needs to be physically and mentally focused. All of these traits are common in a dancer and martial artist.

Traces of History

Martial arts and break dancing have a lot of things in common aside from the moves. These commonalities can be found in the history of break dancing. Before break dancing became very popular, it was a means of doing battle between gangs in the Bronx, NY. Now, break dancing is still a battle but the fight is done in competitions and stages. There are prizes involved along with the fame. Many out there who want to participate in break dancing, take note that martial arts is a part of the whole thing. For all those martial artists, you may want to expand your skills in the dance floor.

Lawrence

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Break dance history

During the fames block parties in the 60s, DJs would remix their sounds. The break in between the next party sound encouraged young people to do their staff. Dancing in-between breaks. That is how break dancing came to be. This specific dance is not the average stomping and swaying but is more athletic and physically challenging. The frenetic dance wave has altered the dance scene. From an underground culture it rose to become one of the world’s favorite dances.

The beginning of break dancing is traced to a Jamaican Clive Campbell. He was known for his great style in spinning records. He used two identical records and instead of playing the full record, he would only play the upbeat section of the song. This was the break section of the record. He would play the break section of the other record, mix and match them without any seam. The effect was electric. This breaks spawned a new hip-hop culture: Mcing and rap.

MCing or the being the Master of Ceremonies, the DJ would urge people to dance using rhythmic accentuated poetry or RAP. Then the break boys would show their stuff. This dancing of the break boys was frenetic. They would “freak out” and “go off” on the dance floor. This dance stuff evolved with time.

The heart of break dancing is in the South Bronx of New York City. Street gangs and violence ruled the Bronx. Then Afrikaa Bambaataa, a youth organization, organized the young people and channeled their energies towards dance. Dancing groups battled for supremacy. Each came up their own moves and styles. The more moves and styles, a group had the better. This became known as the b-boying. The word boying gets it name from the African word which means to hop or to jump.

The Afrikaa Bambaataa organized the Zulu Kings. Another group of street gang, the Bambaataa challenged the Zulu Kings. The Afrikaa Bambaataa called for a break. They suggested that instead of deadly weapons, the rival gangs would settle their score with dance steps. Surprisingly, this was taken up. The culture also set off peace in the Bronx.

Instead of knives or guns, the young men danced with all their passion. This is an offshoot of the Capoeira, a South American war dance. The fighting men sang and danced and developed fighting dance stances. The present break dances show influences of eastern fighting arts, and Afro-Cuban and Native American dances.

The dance battles were stylized mock fights. There were also rules to be followed. In an uprock combat, dancers should never touch his opponent. The dance used complicated leg work. At this point, head spinning was unheard of in b-boying. The young men discovered that by b-boying they could win dance contests.

There are claims that James Brown’s hit “Get on the Good Foot” started the new culture. His footwork was mimicked by many. It became a hit with New York youth. It can be said that James Brown was the first B-Boy.

Lawrence

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Mundo break dance

Break dancing originated in the streets of New York. The roots of what is now a worldwide sensation in dancing were just from the streets where active violence is spreading fast. Break dancing was one of the solutions why gang violence was slowly eliminated.

Break dancing comes in different forms and styles, some are difficult and some may be far easier yet there are still some little complications. From styles to forms of break dancing, there are also different types of break dances from different countries.

The Mundo break dance comes from the country Argentina, and it is also being done there. Not much different to the goals or reason why this type of dances were invented or innovated in America, they are done also in other country to slowly omit violence. Other countries have also competitions where street dancers showcase their unusual talent and skills. Because break dancing is as popular as singing, that’s why battles and competitions were made.

This is a good exercise also for physical strength. There are no limitations on the age and gender of the dancer. As long as they have the courage to step on the dance floor and show the people their skills and unmatched talent.

In the United States of America, break dancing is incorporated with gymnastics. It’s a very strong partnership and can’t easily be taught. It needs a lot of practice and coordination. In mundo break dancing in Argentina, it is incorporated with martial arts especially the Brazilian form of martial art. This is also a strong partnership with dancing but it is more dangerous to do. It is more of a stunt performance with dancing and so making it different from other break dancing. Like with ballet and gymnastics, martial arts needs to be perfect in execution to prevent hurting oneself. The perfect the execution of these partnerships the perfect the break dancing would be.

Basically, break dancing no matter wherever part of the world you are needs discipline and also self motivation. Interest and the driving power are the key elements of doing a perfect break dance. The evolution of the sport will somehow make its way not only on the streets but also on the much bigger dancing competitions, involving different styles from different countries and nation. The bigger it will be the more it would gain attention and somehow maybe making it into a sport. The surprising world of break dancing would be an amazing field to tackle in the future.

Lawrence

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