Street Danceby Liz Gogerly, Liz Goggerly
When you mix cool, urban music with hip and edgy dance moves, you get street dance. Make sure it's on your radar! Inside you'll find these features: Real-Life Story Read the exciting story of a street dance crew member! The Back Story Find out how and why street dance began. Five-Minute Interview On the Radar expert and choreographer Ikeela Sealey tells us
When you mix cool, urban music with hip and edgy dance moves, you get street dance. Make sure it's on your radar! Inside you'll find these features: Real-Life Story Read the exciting story of a street dance crew member! The Back Story Find out how and why street dance began. Five-Minute Interview On the Radar expert and choreographer Ikeela Sealey tells us what she loves about street dance!
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Did the JabbaWockeeZ knock you out the first time you saw them dance? In 2003 they were a small group of only three who called themselves Three Musky. The following year they changed their name and began hammering their way to the top. They eventually could be seen on Pepsi commercials, toured with New Kids on the Block, and have "wowed the crowds with their own Las Vegas Show." Not bad for a street dance crew. Historically street dancing had its origins in New York City. When Djs played their records they created a new sound, a sound that fired up people so much they began dancing in the streets. A new way of dancing began when "Kids experimented with moves such as break dancing, body popping, and locking." The competition had begun and has continued to this day with bigger, better, and more polished moves. There are no set rules that dancers have to follow and as a result "street dancers add their own magic steps, known as improvisation." The streets took the place of dance studios and outdoing the next guy and perfecting one's moves was the key to success. In the 1970s it street dancing was an underground movement where Latin and African American dancers "battled to outdo one another with more and more impressive moves." The popularity of street dancing grew and now it's a cool and fun activity that both boys and girls want to engage in. In this book you'll meet several people who have a passion for dance, you'll learn some street dance lingo, you'll learn about some hot street moves, the history of street dancing, you'll get to read Elijah Hunter's dance blog, you'll learn some step-by-step moves (body locking, house step, jacking and jerking), and you'll learn many other interesting things about the street dancing phenomenon. This is a fun, fascinating book about street dancing that young people will love reading. Anyone interested in the history of street dancing and trying out a few moves will enjoy working their way through this book. When I was reading it I often moved back and forth from YouTube to its pages. Many of the moves and the dancers seemed more exciting and appealing when I watched JabbaWockeeZ and blogger Elijah Hunter work their routines. Other dancers featured include Lois Morris, Ikeela Sealey (aka Toffee), and Cheryl Cole (George Sampson receives no mention). The book is generously illustrated with photographs and the setup of the book is definitely action oriented. When instructions are given for dance moves each step is accompanied by a dancer working the move. In the back of the book is an index and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. This book courtesy of the publisher.