Learning the Basics of Locking Dance


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Locking dance is an offshoot of breakdancing, and like breakdancing it is a fun style of break dancing. The name is derived from the term locking moves, meaning literally holding one position for a period of time, and then “locking out” in a different position, holding that same position for a brief period of time and moving again. Sometimes these can be very complicated moves, but there are many variations to the basic moves.

Early Nineteen Hundreds

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The history of locking dance moves can be traced back in some extent to the early nineteen hundreds in France. There were a number of dances that had been developed in this country during the earlier periods of French history. These early dances, including a number of breakdancing types of dance movements were popular with the French people and they found them extremely amusing and appealing. These dances went through many modifications throughout their history, but they retained their basic moves. These moves were often shown in classical theatrical performances, and some of these presentations can still be seen to this day.

More Exposure

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At the start of the twentieth century, these original dances were beginning to get a lot more exposure. This was because of the social factors that were surrounding breaking moves. Social events at the time in many places were banning breakdancing as an activity. Many of these dancers had originally come from troubled backgrounds and were members of street gangs or under the employ of street vendors. They had developed skills in choreographed moves for street fights and breaking as a form of entertainment for the lower class citizens of those areas. Thus, these artists were seen as being undesirable to these organizers, and so they developed a counter-culture by practicing these new dance movements outside of formal dance competitions.

Many of these dancers developed their moves in such a way as to have a comical nature to them. The breaking style moves are made to rhyme and make for a very entertaining dance routine. There is also a great level of athleticism to the movements that make them seem like they could really get into the routines. Some of the pioneers of these moves were black American breakdancers who incorporated their moves into popular music of the period. Today, many modern choreographers still use these styles in their routines.

Awkward Flailing

Other important stylistic features of these types of dance routines are the awkward flailing of the body in which the arms and legs are bent over. This action creates a great deal of tension within the body and intensifies the effectiveness of the moves. Another feature of this action is that there is often an emphasis on a series of poses that repeat throughout the routine. The purpose of these repeating sequences is to build up speed and height within the routine, so that dancers will have greater challenge when they perform the movements in sync with one another.

Final Words

One of the hardest styles to learn is the pop dance style, and it is this dance that some of the best dancers from the New York City theater scene are from. Many of these performers have achieved great fame in their time because they are able to seamlessly adapt to new choreography and dance style without losing their signature style. They are able to maintain the fluidity and spontaneity of the dance while seamlessly transitioning from one move to the next. The modern choreographer of today must take into account the choreographic requirements of a wide array of different dance genres, and he must be willing to create a large variety of shows in order to give his audience a show that will satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. It may seem like an impossible task, but with the right attitude and the knowledge of what it takes, anyone can master the techniques required to make a successful pop dance show.

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