A street dance. The term hip-hop dates back to the ’40s when African Americans would say they were “hip-hopping” when they went out on the town.
Hip Hop “music” is a fusion of jazz, blues, reggae and poetry, with reggae and funk being it’s birth parents. The “Hip Hop culture” and “dance battles” were/are an outlet from urban hardship; a form of self-expression reflecting challenge and evoking a mood.
Still developing globally in diverse styles and “flipping” styles, using earlier American blues, jazz, and rock and roll as well as soul music, funk, and rhythm and blues.
Jazz Funk – This is Jazz music made funky. A fusion of two popular and closely related styles of black music. Hip hop moves into jazz with the base being Jazz technique; adding soul and personal style. Jazz Funk includes ballet-modern-hip hop- and lyrical and incorporates little bits and pieces of other dance genres wrapping them into a funky style that is both fun and expressive!
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps. Groups of both genders dance in lines or rows, and all execute the steps at the same time. Line dancers are not in physical contact with each other.
At DanceWell we learn many many varieties of Line Dances including pop, swing, rock and roll, disco, Latin, Country, Funk, Waltz, Techno, Soul and Jazz.
Each dance is said to consist of a number of walls. A wall is the direction in which the dancers face at any given time: the front (the direction faced at the beginning of the dance), the back or one of the sides. Dancers may change direction, facing many “walls” as they repeat the sequences.
In a one-wall dance, the dancers face the same direction at the end of the sequence as at the beginning.
In a two-wall dance, repetitions of the sequence end alternately at the back and front walls.
In a four-wall dance, the direction faced at the end of the sequence is 90 degrees to the right or left from the direction in which they faced at the beginning. As a result, the dancers face each of the four walls in turn at the end of four consecutive repetitions of the sequence, before returning to the original wall.