Dance in the 21st Century
Worldwide history of dance
Hip Hop dance
Thesis- A thorough deconstruction of this sort of dance reveals that history and various tools today (most of which involve technology) have helped to catapult it to be one of the most influential styles of dance in contemporary times.
Type of Hip Hop dance
Breakdancing to dance troupes
Happy medium -- the Pharcyde
Fluid, compelling, unique
"Boy band" Hip Hop dancing
Bobby Brown exemplifies with autonomous, agile footwork
Evolution of dance
James Brown inspired the Jacksons (Mike), who inspired New Edition
and the Pharcyde who in turn inspired Michael Jackson
Technology provides the bridge for dance memes and influence
Mobile devices, internet access
The history of dance is a lengthy and decorative one, which is certainly worthy of serious scholastic pursuit. It encompasses numerous styles and reasons for dancing, as well as a plethora of cultures, ethnicities, races and religions. Numerous aspects of these different facets of dance are still highly visible in the 21st century, especially in a country such as the United States which is a virtual hodgepodge of people from varying socio-economic divisions. However, despite the multitude of dance types, the one that has consistently excited me ever since I became aware of dance from a fully conscious perspective is what...
Although the term hip hop is widely used with a variety of differences, the type of hip hop dancing I am referring to is that which accompanies hip hop music. The vast majority of such music is rap, although there are some songs in which people sing (typically in a variation of rhythm and blues) in which they dance in this sort of style as well. A thorough deconstruction of this sort of dance reveals that history and various tools today (most of which involve technology) have helped to catapult it to be one of the most influential styles of dance in contemporary times.
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