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African-American

Cultural dance developed within African American communities in everyday spaces, rather than in studios, schools or companies.These dances are usually centered on folk and social dance practice, though performance dance often supply complementary aspects to this.

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Gangsta Walk

Dance; African-American

Street dance that originated in Memphis, Tennessee alongside "Buck" music during the 1990s. Gangsta Walking was suspected to be "invented" by a street dancer nicknamed "Capital D" (Dima Grinevich).

Buckin, Jokkin, Choppin

Dance; African-American

Street dance that originated in Memphis, Tennessee alongside "Buck" music during the 1990s. Gangsta Walking was suspected to be "invented" by a street dancer nicknamed "Capital D" (Dima Grinevich).

The Jerk

Dance; African-American

A popular dance craze from the 1960s. The song "The Jerk", written by Don Julian, and first recorded in 1964 by his Los Angeles soul vocal group The Larks for the Money label, scored a top-ten chart ...

Jerkin

Dance; African-American

A street dance from Los Angeles. Since 2009, jerkin' has gained fans along the West Coast and is gaining popularity on the East Coast.

Chigaco Steppin

Dance; African-American

An urban dance that continues to evolve defining its unique style and culture within in the context of mainstream Swing dance. Steppin as it is affectionately known has it roots imbedded in the ...

Backslide

Dance; African-American

A dance technique that presents the illusion of the dancer being pulled backwards while attempting to walk forward. A popping move, it became popular around the world after Michael Jackson executed ...

Chicken Noodle Soup

Dance; African-American

Originating in Harlem, the dance has been embraced as a new symbol of the local scene that distinguishes New York from other regions whose urban musical subgenres have captured national attention in ...

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