Welcome to “Black Friday” where we highlight the beauty, strength and athleticism of black dancers, choreographers, and dance companies. We hope that this effort will shine a light on the beauty and diversity of dance.
“Black Dance is Beautiful”
So we finally made it folks! We are so excited for you all to experience the beauty and splendor of black dance. Just in case you forgot, the performance will take place Saturday, November 21 at Walnut Hills High School (3250 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207). Program begins at 7 p.m. Now that we got that out of the way, welcome to #BlackFriday.
Today, we want to take it to the streets. By that we mean street dancers. While you will get your fill of choreographed/staged dance on Saturday, we wanted to show some love to our artists who may/may not be classically trained.
Street dancing is utilized by many marginalized groups to share their stories with the world.
According to Wikipedia, Krumping, is a street dance that became popular in the US fairly recently. It is “characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. The black youths who started krumping saw the dance as a way for them to escape gang life and “to release anger, aggression and frustration positively, in a non-violent way.”
According to Wikipedia, Jerkin’ or Jerk, is a street dance originating in Los Angeleos. Since 2009, jerkin’ has gained fans along the West Coast and, as of 2009, was gaining popularity on the East Coast. “The dance itself consists of moving your legs in and out called the “jerk”, and doing other moves such as the “reject”, “dip”, and “pindrop.”
Popping and Locking
Popping is “centered around the technique of popping (or hitting), which means to quickly contract and relax muscles to create a jerking effect (a pop or hit) in the body. Popping can be concentrated to specific body parts, creating variants such as arm pops, leg pops, chest pops and neck pops.They also can vary in explosiveness. Stronger pops normally involve popping both the lower and upper body simultaneously.” -Wikipedia
Locking “is based on the concept of locking movements, which basically means freezing from a fast movement and “locking” in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before. It relies on fast and distinct arm and hand movements combined with more relaxed hips and legs. The movements are generally large and exaggerated, and often very rhythmic and tightly synced with the music. ” – Wikipedia
Vogue, or voguing, is a highly stylized, modern house dance that evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1980s. It is characterized by walking, contorting and poses that engage the viewer. This style was popularized by the film, Paris Is Burning and the Madonna’s video Vogue.
B-boying or breaking, also called breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated primarily among African American and Puerto Rican youth. According to Wikipedia, “While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, b-boying consists of four kinds of movement: toprock, downrock, power moves, and freezes. B-boying is typically danced to hip-hop, funk music, and especially breakbeats, although modern trends allow for much wider varieties of music along certain ranges of tempo and beat patterns.”
These are just a couple of street dancing styles. If you are interested, I would suggest you check out these other styles.