Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era

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Urban street dance—which is now referred to across the globe as "break dance" or "hip-hop dance"—was born 15 years prior to the hip hop movement. In today's pop culture, the dance innovators from "back in the day" have been forgotten, except when choreographic echoes of their groundbreaking dance forms are repeatedly recycled in today's media. Sadly, this is still the case when dance moves that were engendered from 1965 through the 1970s on the streets of Reseda, South Central Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco,...

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Overview

Urban street dance—which is now referred to across the globe as "break dance" or "hip-hop dance"—was born 15 years prior to the hip hop movement. In today's pop culture, the dance innovators from "back in the day" have been forgotten, except when choreographic echoes of their groundbreaking dance forms are repeatedly recycled in today's media. Sadly, this is still the case when dance moves that were engendered from 1965 through the 1970s on the streets of Reseda, South Central Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Fresno, CA; or in the Bronx in New York City, are utilized by modern performers.

In Underground Dance Masters: Final History of a Forgotten Era, an urban street dancer who was part of the scene in the early 1970s sets the record straight, blowing the lid off this uniquely American dance style and culture. This text redefines hip hop dance and the origins of a worldwide phenomenon, explaining the origins of classic forms such as Funk Boogaloo, Locking, Popping, Roboting, and B'boying—some of the most important developments in modern dance that directly affect today's pop culture.

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"An intriguing window into the work and world of Guzman-Sanchez, an urban street dancer, and the performances he was part of, starting in the mid-1960s and continuing through the 1970s and beyond. . . . Because of the author's central participation in the era examined, this brief volume serves as a primary document from a true believer and respected practitioner."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313386923
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 724,820
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue xi

1 Forgotten Era-An Initial Spark 1

2 1965 and Soul Boogaloo 5

3 The Oakland Funk Boogaloo Generation 13

4 The Next Evolution in Oakland 23

5 South Central Los Angeles 33

6 Chain Reaction-The Valley Evolution 49

7 Posing to Punking 95

8 Oakland to San Francisco 103

9 Oakland Funk Boogaloo to Popping 109

10 The Bronx to the Burroughs 125

11 Reduced to the Level of a Toy 147

Epilogue 153

Notes 159

Index 163

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

     I read Underground Dancemasters (Guzman-Sanchez), and thoroughl

     I read Underground Dancemasters (Guzman-Sanchez), and thoroughlyenjoyed it. 
    Matt Babcock 

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    BLOWING MY MIND: AMAZING ! BEYOND AMAZING, INCREDIBLE READ!!!

    OMG! This is the most intriguing and intense information that I have ever seen about street dance. It not just history but the witnessing and personal encounters that make this book come alive. Whether you call it Break dance or hip-hop dance it doesn't matter. I have grown up believing so much BS on the internet. This book has set my world upside down. Everything that I learned in college was wrong. What's up with that? Why wasn't this written before? The details in the stories are incredible. I wish I could have been there, but this book is the next best thing. To learn about the dancers and the dances made feel complete. I believe I am now ready for any BS that is spewed at me regarding this subject. Everyone needs to have this book. It IS like the Bible of Urban Dance. I am getting this for all of my friends on the hip-hop team. They need to read this. It will make them better dancers. AMAZING. Thank you Barnes and Noble for making it available. WWWWOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!

    Jim B.

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