1. Evolution of Dance
We all remember this early You Tube classic. It didn’t really serve to move dancing forward, per se, but it did a great job encapsulating the rich history of dancing in a quick, six-minute video. Closing in on 188 million views, this viral video sensation will live in infamy forever.
2. Breaking and B-Boying
A mainstay in hip hop, breakdancing has been around since the ’80s. This video offers a fresh take from a dancer with some serious skill. We really like the production value, and the simple story shares some sound moral advice.
This dance style incorporates ultra-exaggerated swinging arms, hands, feet, legs — you name it — but does it with such precision that you can’t look away. It’s almost as if the performers are dancing atyou, daring you to move your face any closer to the screen. While seemingly violent in nature, the style actually arose from dancers looking to release energy and frustration while expressing discontent with street violence in South Central Los Angeles.
4. Dubstep Freestyle
In this video, Marquese Scott dances to a dubstep version of the ultra-poppy hit “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. He’s silky smooth and is apparently able to defy the very laws of physics in front of what looks like the facade of a suburban shopping mall. With over 25 million views, Marquese has become a marquee dance video star, and has even earned himself an appearance on Ellen.
5. Finger Tutting
This style of “dancing” also incorporates dubstep. Jay Funk delivers a hypnotic performance using only his hands, but keep watching — the graphics make it appear as if he’s bending geometric colors and shapes in space. Naturally, Samsung Mobile picked up this talented young man to help promote its newest smartphone.
“Bonebreaking” is an integrated dance style incorporating tutting, elements of krumping, popping and turfing. Dancers’ movements completely blur the limits of flexibility.
The costumes and dramatic NYC subway station backdrops work nicely to enhance the dancing style. The outdoor platform and dripping water effects are haunting and, combined with the gas masks, we’re definitely feeling the post-apocalyptic vibe.
If this is the style of dancing that we have to look forward to in the future, count us in.
Everyone likes to cut a rug now and then, and successful TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance andAmerica’s Best Dance Crew further prove that the U.S. has a healthy interest in the art form.
Dance is a major part of musical culture; people push the boundaries of what the body can do to interpret the sentiment of a particular song. Michael Jackson ignited a dance craze when he first performed the Moonwalk in 1983. But MJ’s performance was really just a culmination of an evolution of dance steps that came from jazz legend Cab Calloway, tap dancer Bill Bailey, and even French mime, Marcel Marceau.