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Street Dance Master Sally See the Kids At Game

To Street dance refers to dance styles – regardless of country of origin – that evolved outside of dance studios in any available open space, such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, raves, and nightclubs.

Street is improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers. These dances are a part of the vernacular culture of the geographical area that they come from.

The hip-hop dance style B-boying, and the funk-style Popping and Locking, are some of the most popular Street dance styles. These forms of hip-hop dance are the most prominently practiced, and commercialised versions have been professionally developed and choreographed for dance routines in pop, hip-hop, electronic, and R&B music videos.

B-boying helped bring about Street dance crew culture, whereby dance crews would learn various Street dance styles for impression and competition.

Street dance has evolved between people in a social environment, dancers create their own style and moves. Street dances constantly evolve.

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Going Out Hard Is Not Always So Easy As It Seems

Dance floors tend to be sweaty places for a reason. All of those shimmies and shakes burn energy like you wouldn’t believe—and come with many other surprising health benefits, too.

Dancing demands a lot of energy output because it involves “movement in all directions,” says Nick Smeeton, a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton and coauthor of that report. While running, swimming and other propulsive forms of physical activity use rhythm and momentum to keep you moving, “there is a lot of accelerating and decelerating in dancing, which the body is less able to do in an energy efficient way,” Smeeton says.

If running is like driving on a freeway, dancing is more like motoring through a busy city, he says. All of that starting, stopping and changing directions burns a ton of fuel even though you’re not covering a lot of ground.

Of course, the amount of energy you expend has a lot to do with how hard you’re pushing yourself. A gentle two-step isn’t going to measure up to an intense, hilly run. But torching calories isn’t the only upside to dancing. Just as trail running and hiking better engage your lower-body joints and muscles than straight-ahead, level-ground locomotion, the up-and-down and side-to-side movements of dance may likewise activate and train many of your body’s little support muscles and tendons.

Finally, the touch aspect of dancing with a partner may offer some special perks. Touch is the first sense that emerges during infancy, and the more experts examine the benefits of massage, holding hands and other forms of human-to-human physical contact, the more they find that touching improves well-being and reduces stress and anxiety. Basically, dancing with someone else is like exercise and a hug rolled together.

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They Call Them “Dancing Crooks” Are They?

Dancing crooks embody the individuals in society who put on an act to make others believe that they leading perfect lives. Often these individuals have many admirers, who only know them as well as the crowd knows the performer. In order to be as admired as the dancing crooks, we might give up our time to dress like them, ‘paint our faces’ with make-up and false emotions or change the things we love and opinions we hold. We don’t realise that our precious time is being robbed. The dancing crooks are covering up their true selves to gain our approval, and as we begin to do the same, we slowly become one. Having some time to reflect can allow us to realise that life is too short to fit into a mould of the ideal person. Harbouring creativity and individuality is more fulfilling than striving for perfection. 

Our scattered, exhausted, overstimulated minds need the purity of live movement, the focus of a show. When someone walks into the theater they silence their phone. They hone in their senses on the box of light in front of them. The rest of the world falls away for a short time and they’re transported into new ideas; beauty, entertainment, pain, sadness.

Dance offers a new perspective to view the world. So much of our thinking is done with words. Social justice movements organize around reclaiming language, redefining words, creating vocabulary. We read, write, text, call and speak every day. But not everyone’s brain works best with linguistics, and even those who excel at language have trouble communicating in different cultures or expressing something that linguistics can’t do justice.

Sometimes, the movement itself is therapeutic. As any professional dancer knows, life doesn’t calm down just because it is a show week, and one year I went through a breakup right before a performance of Swan Lake.