Streetdance is a collective name for dance forms that have not been developed in dance institutions, but on the street, in clubs and secondary schools. Nowadays it can be seen as a part of hip-hop and funk dance styles, which had their origins in the seventies.
It is a sport in which aspects such as improvisation and encouragement from bystanders play a role and there is often a strong social interaction with bystanders and fellow dancers. Streetdance is often taught at gyms in the Netherlands. However, there are also a number of specialized hip-hop/street dance schools in the Netherlands.
Street dance: history, movements
Streetdance originated in the early 80s in New York. Especially in the back streets, there was a lot of dancing in the street. This is where the name comes from. These dancers are often dressed in “baggy clothes”. This is spacious and danceable clothing. In Europe, street dance only broke through in the 1990s. This style had a lot of influence on fashion, video clips, graffiti, DJs, rappers, scratchers et cetera. One after the other came out with a lot of attention for the street dance culture. In street dance, many movements are focused on movements of excerpts. Streetdance actually changes continuously. The street dance movements are often quite loose and are very light-hearted. It is usually danced on very fast music, which gives it a flashing effect. One of the most famous movements is the snake. This is based on the flexibility of a snake. It is actually the intention that one “rolls” with his body, as it were. Streetdance is “bouncing on the beat” people dance street dance mainly on hip hop and R & B music. One of the biggest sources of inspiration for street dance was MC Hammer, an old school rapper known for his dance moves. Streetdance is not just dancing, but a combination of technique passes and a good sense of rhythm.