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How to street dance

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Street dance is all about attitude and confidence, using your own creativity to free style and invent inspirational dance moves. Learning to street dance can be self-taught, take me for example, I learnt by dancing around in my bedroom watching Michael Jackson videos and taking inspiration from dancers Salah, David Elswhere, and Robert Hoffman to create my own style! To get you started, here are a few basic street dance moves that can be found in nearly every street dance routine, just add attitude and improvisation and your on your way to becoming a street dancer!
Popping – this move takes place when there are "pops" or "hits" within the music and can be created in three different moves, either Animation, Tutting or Botting. Animation is when you move with sudden, jerky movements making each motion appear to be made from several individual movements. Think a frame-by-frame cartoon and you’ve just done your first street dance move! Tutting is when you use your upper body to create angles and geometric shapes. Botting, known as the robot is your chance to freestyle to the beats in the music using your hands and upper body.
When there is a break in music you will go into the dance movement breaking (b-boying) known, as break dancing, which is made up of four main components Toprock, Downrock, Power moves and Freezes. Toprock moves are performed while the dancer is standing relying upon a mixture of coordination, flexibility, rhythm, and most importantly, style. This is where you will usually draw inspiration from other aspects of street dance. Downrock (also called footwork) is any movement on the floor using one or both arms on the ground to support yourself. Power moves are the more acrobatic types of hip hop moves that require a fair amount of strength and skill to perform. With this move your upper body will support you, while the rest of your body creates circular momentum. Freezes are stylish, dramatic poses held to match the beat of the music and often signal the end of the b-boying routine. A freeze performed at the end of a song is called a suicide this is where you will make it appear that you have lost control and fall on your back or stomach signaling the end of the routine.
Throughout your routine you will use the movement Locking which consists of fast, exaggerated movements followed by "locking" the body into a position for a few seconds.
Teach yourself. I learnt by watching Michael Jackson videos along with dancers Salah, David Elswhere and Robert Hoffman – it’s important to be inspired by other talents and use them to create your own style. When it comes to exercise, frequency is more beneficial than duration. Work out in short bursts
Once you know these three moves you’ll be able to start improvising and putting your own ‘spin’ on them to create inspirational dance routines. This will all come with practice and before long you’ll be addicted to this sport.
Mix it up – when doing any form of exercise it’s important to keep things varied to stay motivated. Street dance is a great way of keeping it fresh.
Look good and you’ll feel good too. Dress the part, and wear running shoes that give you a bounce in your step so that you can move in style and perform some fancy footwork.
Give yourself a full mind and body workout. Dancing not only strengthens and tones the body, increases stamina and flexibility and improves balance and posture, but also increases confidence and focus.
Find your own style – street dance is about freestyling and doing your own thing. Attitude, confidence and improvisation are key.

You can learn more street dance moves with STEP UP: THE OFFICIAL DANCE WORKOUT DVD out 27th December.


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