Popping, locking and krumping

Hip hop is not just music, its dancing, poetry and graffiti. It’s a whole life originating from the 70’s that creates a sanctuary and relaxation space for those that walk the talk, and live the life. This is the essence that the Hip Hop Indaba will strut, and Cape Town will come on fire in August with the 2 day event being held at the Good Hope Centre in conjunction with Heal The Hood.

In terms of dance styles the explanation for the genres are as follows:

Popping: It is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer’s body, referred to as a poptick or a hit. This is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses. Popping is also used as an umbrella term to refer to a group of closely related illusionary dance styles and techniques that are often integrated with popping to create a more varied performance, but it is distinct from breaking, with which popping is often confused. A popping dancer is commonly referred to as a popper.

When used as a hip hop dance style, popping is usually performed in a battle(also known as a competitive jam), where participants try to outperform each other in front of a crowd. This gives room for improvisation and the performance of moves that are seldom seen in shows and performances (also referred to as freestyling). As a street dance it also encourages the dancer to interact with the other dancers and spectators.

Locking : The name is based on the concept of locking movements, which basically means freezing from a fast movement and “locking” in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before. It relies on fast and distinct arm and hand movements combined with more relaxed hips and legs. The movements are generally large and exaggerated, and often very rhythmic and tightly synced with the music. Locking is quite performance oriented, often interacting with the audience by smiling or giving them a high five, and some moves are quite comical in nature. A dancer who performs locking is called a locker. Lockers commonly use a distinctive dress style, such as colorful clothing with stripes and suspenders.

House: House dance incorporates movements from many other sources such as Capoeira, tap, jazz, bebop, and salsa. It includes a variety of techniques and sub-styles that include skating, stomping, and shuffling.

One of the primary elements in house dancing is a technique called jacking that came from Chicago and involves moving the torso forward and backward in a rippling motion, as if a wave were passing through it. This movement is repeated and sped up to match the beat of a song. This technique is the most important movement in house dancing because it is the foundation that initiates more complex movements and footwork. All footwork in house dancing is said to initiate from the way the jack moves the center of gravity through space. Other than footworkjacking, and lofting, house dance has grown to include other related styles such as voguewhacking, and hustle.

Krump : krumping focuses on highly energetic battles and dramatic movements  intense, fast-paced, and sharp. “If movement were words, krumping would be a poetry slam.”  The former leaders of the Krump Kings crew (now Street Kingdom) Ceasare (pronounced CHEZ-a-ray) “Tight Eyez” Willis and Jo’Artis “Big Mijo” Ratti are credited with developing krumping. They were both originally clown dancers for Tommy but they considered their dancing too “rugged” and “raw” for clowning so they eventually broke away and developed their own style. This style is now known as krumping.

Nu- Skool: A set of routines often choreographed as seen in music videos. Nu-Skool focuses on upright dance forms as opposed to breakdancing which focuses on floor moves.

Breakdance : B-boying, often called “breakdancing”, is a popular style of street dance that was created and developed as part of hip hop culture among African Americans and, later, among Latino youths in New York City The dance consists of four primary elements: toprockdownrockpower moves and freezes/suicides. It is danced to both hip hop and other genres of music that are often remixed to prolong the musical breaks. The musical selection for b-boying is not restricted to hip-hop music as long as the tempo and beat pattern conditions are met. A practitioner of this dance is called a b-boy, b-girl, or breaker. These dancers often participate in battles, formal or informal dance competitions between two individuals or two crews. Although the term “breakdance” is frequently used, “b-boying” and “breaking” are the original terms used to refer to the dance. These terms are preferred by the majority of the art form’s pioneers and most notable practitioners.

The Hip Hop Indaba event has officially launched in the year 2000 as a result of bringing the various Hip Hop events under one banner in Cape Town, and has since become a national event. Whilst the event caters for all the elements of hip hop namely break-dance, graffiti, turntabilism (DJing) and rapping, the main focus is on break-dancing. Together the ties with “Six Step” and the organizers of “Battle Of the Year” Germany, they have secured the rights to host the South African Qualifiers to send the winning break-dance crew to represent South Africa in the international “Battle Of the Year” break-dance championships. Since the inception of the event “Heal the Hood Project” has sent over 100 break-dancers to “Battle of the Year”.

There are national eliminations across South Africa for each city to send their best dance crews, rappers, graffiti artists, beat boxers and DJ’s to compete at the African Hip Hop Indaba. The event is open to all and registration needs to be completed one month prior to the event in order to finalize the program, no registration fees are charged and entrants have only to pay the cover charge at the event.

The event is two days and split of the disciplines as follows:

Day1: 5th August 2011

Venue: Club (to be announced) 8pm – 4am

M.C. (Rap) Battles

D.J. Battles

Beatbox Battles

1 on 1 B-Boy Solo Battles

Day 2: 6th August 2011

Venue: Good Hope Centre 12am – 12pm

Popping Battles

Locking Battles

House Battles

Krump Battles

Nu-Skool Battles

Breakdance Battles

Graffiti Battles



More information:

Shaquile Southgate

Heal The Hood Project

+ 27 21 706 0481 office

+27 73 033 6378 cell

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