The History of Streetdance
In 1973 a young Jamaican-American DJ, called Cool Herc, arrived in the Bronx, New York, aged 12 years old. He began developing a sound that Hip Hop artists embraced as “Break Beats”
One night, at a party, Kool Herc began mixing records by using two decks and isolating the drum beat – called the “break”. Kool Herc began talking over the “break” to his dancers which was to form the basis of rap music we know today. Kool Herc called his dancers “b-boys” and “b-girls”. From there Hip Hop survived, evolved and has fought its way onto dance scenes all around the world
But, the true history of Streetdance reaches back to much earlier days. In the 1920’s an American dancer, Earl Tucker, earned the nickname “snakehips” popularised in New York clubs by his waving and gliding movements. His style of dance was a precursor to the modern Streetdance we see performed today.
All across America, dating from the 1970’s, this new style of fusion dance was forming. On the east coast of America, a New York Hip Hop group formed calling themselves “Boogie Down”; on the west coast, “Beat Street” was forming in corners of Compton, California. Young people everywhere took to this new style of dancing which also includes : Breakin (break dancing), Poppin, Lockin, Hip Hop, Krumpin, House, wave and gliding