Street Dance and Dance Crews

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.

~ Lucy

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15 Responses to Street Dance and Dance Crews

  1. Peter says:

    Dear Lucy,

    My guess is ,group dancing starts with a group dance called “Can Can” in 20 or 30is,don’t you think

  2. Peter says:

    In fact,at the time it was an illigal dance back then.

    There is a movie called” Can Can “starring Moris Shovalie

    very good movie.

  3. Peter says:

    At the time, Can Can was concidered as a kind of brazen , sextually sugestive dance group.

    I think otherwise though, it is a beautifully done dance. ,the choriography( wrong spelling) was totally rvelutionary back then.

    I have to go back in harness( back to work( mainly British though)). Still good to know somehow funny

  4. dongsung says:

    Dance in a dance crew look really fantastic. They definitely practiced a lot before the competition. I imagine that I am one of them.

  5. Peter says:

    Another day, another bucket

    The crashing routine of everyday life is wearing me down.

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  7. Tania says:

    Hi ! Our teen-agers love very much the hip-hop culture . They imitate perfectly this culture movement . Listening to you and watching your examples of the type of dancing I can understand them better , even the graffiti .
    I think baggy is not trendy now but the baseball cap is wearing . I saw that even Mr. Bush is wearing it , too . Many bands with rap songs dance breakdancing . I admire their effort of rapping .


  8. Tania says:

    Hi ! I am sad as a new 6.1 – quake hit again Haiti .

  9. Tania says:

    Hi ! I am watching TV the European Figure Skating Championships 2010 at Tallinn , Estonia . Skating is my favorite sport watching it not practicing it . And the Russian Evgheni Plushenco is the revelation of the ice .
    It is so exciting to watch him … the grace embodied . Please , watch them . It is a joy of the spirit .


  10. Peter says:

    Tiana,I think,The 6.1 is a after shock.

    it is catastrophic. May God give them strength to pull through the whole mishap.I personally think we should step up and help the grief-striken people in the region. I don’t think our emotional supports do anything for them. What they need, for the time being, is financial, and medical aids that we can send them through all the makeshift camps put up worldwide to fullfill the purpose

    Let’s stop talking and take some actions that actions speak louder than words!

    I personally think it is our border less civic duty as human beings.

    Let’s be what God intended us to be!

    God bless you all for all you have been doing not in the name of ,but for the humanity!

  11. gregorex says:

    I was away for a while and I see that you’ve broaden your teaching of English body language 😉
    Nice job Lucy.

  12. Peter says:


    Another jolt hit the streets of Haiti .This time the after shock with the magnitude of 5.9 shocked people and send them to the streets. Apparently, the aftershock levelled some buildings and cracked open some roads. Seems like the end begins.

  13. emiliano says:

    I like every kind of dance and these ones I like too. In fact very much, as they have so much rhythm that is nearly impossible not to follow them with the feet or inside the mind.
    Yes, I do like to dance but not so because I have never had the ability of doing that kind of movements with the legs or the body. If I could it´s sure that I would like to be in a group like these people.
    A nice crew of dancers by all means and with very strong heads and necks all of them.

    Thank you Lucy, a good choice.

  14. Peter says:

    Dear gregorex,

    Indeed ,they have been widenning our harizon

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