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In almost every culture throughout history there has been dance Prayer dances celebratory dances social dances In many cases we can see the cultural progression through the progression of dance In the United States alone weve seen the transitions from the European-grown ballet to tap then to modern dance What is not so well catalogued however is the underground progressive dance movement Starting in the late sixties the so-called Underground or counter-culture has built its own species of dance Our subject today is the three most dominant styles of this new wave popping or the Electric Boogie hip hopbreak dancing also known as old school dance and the trancehouse or new school dance The television show Soul Train was really one of the keys to the spread of these radical new styles It was especially instrumental in spreading the Electric Boogaloo or BoogieThe Electric Boogie developed in the mid-sixties by a family of black men living in Fresno California through influences like James Brown and strangely enough TV shows like Lost In Space It was a mutant child of sorts of what is called The Robot dance Popping and Miming The Robot is a dance that our generation has grown up recognizing the angled body parts sliding feet and rigid motions all creating the illusion of a human robot Popping however is an unfamiliar term to many of you Popping can be described as energy passed through the body popping and snapping elbows wrists necks hips and just about all the body joints along the way The final ingredient to the mix however to control and smooth out the stop-and-go of a popping robot was the influence of mime The miming is what gives the Electric Boogie its voice by making it possible to tell stories and create illusions with the body This new dance was the forerunner to break dancing and indeed many of the so-called power moves in break dancing
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