Street-Dance History


Street dance, formally known as vernacular dance, refers to dance styles—created in America regardless of the city of origin by young Blacks and Latinos—that evolved outside of dance studios  in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards,  and nightclubs. They are  improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers. These dances are a part of the vernacular culture of the geographical area that they come from. Three  primary examples of street dance is Campbellocking aka Locking and Punking/Waackin’ both originated in Los Angeles’, and Popping (Boogalooing) which originated in Oakland, California all of which predates the B-boy movement in New York City.

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Candace Lake