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Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The television show Soul Train and the 1980s films 'Breakin', 'Beat Street', and 'Wild Style' showcased these crews and dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop a mainstream exposure.

hip hopThe dance industry responded with a commercial, studio-based version of hip-hop sometimes called new style and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called jazz-funk. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were performed on the street. Because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.



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