History of Hip Hop Dance

History of Hip Hop Dance


February 13th, 2014


The history of hip-hop dance encompasses the people and events since the late 1960s that have contributed to the development of the early hip-hop dance styles: Uprock, breaking, locking, roboting, and popping. Uprock and breaking was created in New York City and California created locking, roboting, and popping—collectively referred to as the funk styles. All of these dance styles are different stylistically. They share common ground in their street origins and in their improvisational nature.

More than 40 years old, hip-hop dance became widely known after the first professional street-based dance crews formed in the 1970s in the United States. There were a few most influential groups who were responsible for the spread of breaking, locking, and popping respectively.

Parallel with the evolution of hip-hop music, hip-hop social dancing emerged from breaking and the funk styles into different forms. Dances from the 1990s such as the Running Man, the Worm, and the Cabbage Patch entered the mainstream and became fad dances. After the millennium, newer social dances emerged which took hip hop to a different level.

Velocity Dance offers several dance classes that specializes in all Hip Hop styles. For further information please contact the studio.


  1. Tyler says:

    Good history info on hip hop!

  2. Brigid D says:

    i did not know some of that information great to know the background of the dance we love <3 and i love that picture!!!

  3. Bec T. says:

    Good stuff on hip hop! I’ve ssen this studio at performances and they have awesome dances especially their hip hop

  4. Ariel says:

    i love dancing i didn’t know that information and i like that picture.

  5. Rainee says:

    You’re info on my favorite dance ever, hip hop, is just BRILLIANT!!

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