Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. 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 mainstream exposure. The 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.
The commercialization of hip-hop dance continued into the 1990s and 2000s with the production of several other television shows and movies such as The Grind, Planet B-Boy, Rize, StreetDance 3D, America’s Best Dance Crew, Saigon Electric, the Step Up film series, and The LXD, a web series.
I personally discovered a B-Girl film that may not be cult but is very cool.
As for these LXD (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) series, I found strong similarities with the story plot from the Diversity Digital Tour I watched last December 2013. You will also find in this film a diversity of dance styles (although the main ones are street dances), which may remind you from the last Step Up series. Check out “The LXD: rise of the drifts series” now:
Though the dance is established in entertainment, including mild representation in theater, it maintains a strong presence in urban neighborhoods which has led to the creation of street dance derivatives turfing, krumping, and jerkin’ 1980s films, television shows, and the Internet have contributed to introducing hip-hop dance outside of the United States.Here is a good example of turfing dance “Turf Feinz Rip RichD Dancing in the Rain Oakland Street (California)”:
What distinguishes hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions—colloquially referred to as battles. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Since being exposed, educational opportunities and dance competitions have helped to maintain its presence abroad. Europe host several international hip-hop competitions such as the UK B-Boy Championships, Juste Debout, and EuroBattle. You will find on my Youtube Channel several videos of Juste Debout World Championships In Paris (All hip hop styles in 2013 and mostly breakdancing in 2014):