In last week’s English Cafe, we talked about hip-hop culture. A big part of hip-hop culture is hip-hop dancing, or street dancing. Hip-hop dancing has been around for a long time, since the early 1970s, and it has continued and developed a lot since that time.
Hip-hop or street dancing is known for its battles, formal or informal dance competitions, where each dancer tries to out-dance (dance better than) his or her competitor. Although many dancers dance alone, many others dance in dance crews. A crew is a group of people who work together to do a job, especially a job that involves physical labor (work using one’s body). Dance crews are known for their coordination (ability to dance at the same time or in relation to each other) and their dance tricks (moves that are physically difficult to do and impressive to watch).
In 2008, the popular cable music television channel MTV debuted (showed for the first time) a show called “America’s Best Dance Crew.” On the show, dance crews from all over the country competed for a cash prize and the title of (the position of) America’s Best Dance Crew. Many of these crews developed on the streets, that is, without formal training and not in a formal dance studio, while others met in formal dance training and decided to form their own crew.
Here are a few examples of the type of dancing these amazing dancers can do.