Britains Got Talent has started a street dance craze after Diversity and Flawless battled it out in the final. Up and down the country dance and theatre schools are seeing increased enquires for street dance lessons.
Street dance is a bit of an umbrella term and underneath it you have breakdance, popping, locking, krumping and so many different niche styles. What was was done on the streets as a social dance form, has now become more commercial in classes.
When a dancer pops, they jerk their body by quickly contracting and relaxing the muscles. The movements they make are correspondingly referred to as pops or hits. Locking refers to fast, exaggerated, movements which then freeze into a rigid position (a lock), whereas waving describes a more fluid style where movement appears to ripple through the limbs (as if a wave were traversing the dancer’s body). Krumping is characterised by free, expressive and energetic movement of the arms, legs, chest and head. Proponents of these different styles can correspondingly be described as poppers, lockers, wavers and krumpers. If you’d like to see these moves in action, check out the theatre school based in Romford and Brentwood. Types of classes offered are street dance, musical theatre and singing.