Since its development in the United States in the 1970s, hip-hop has grown to become a global dance phenomenon. In Beginning Hip-Hop Dance students gain a strong foundation and learn the fundamentals of hip-hop techniques as they venture into the exciting world of this dance genre. Written by dance educator, historian, and scholar E. Moncell Durden, Beginning Hip-Hop Dance gives students the opportunity to explore hip-hop history and techniques, foundational information, and significant works and artists; understand the styles and aesthetics of hip-hop dance as a performing art and cultural art form; and learn about the forms of hip-hop dance, such as locking, waacking, popping and boogaloo, and house.
New York, the Bronx, early 1970s. A neighborhood party is organized around the corner. Funk and disco tunes pass from window to window and echo through the neighboring alleys. Entire buildings vibrate to the sound of prodigy DJ sets on the turntables. The breakbeats of the most popular songs are played over and over again, feeding the voracious energy of the dancers.
In response, the bodies go wild on the dance floor. Some show off their best footwork, others repeat impressive figures, while still others hypnotize their audience with breathtaking arm movements. It is at the heart of this liberating hodge-podge, this cathartic melting pot of creative impulses, music, and the rage to live that hip-hop dance was born.
A global hub for music and culture by record producer, musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, and film and television producer Quincy Jones. It contains concerts, documentaries, interviews, and archive films and includes dance performances.