Dance History Quiz | Styles of Hip-Hop

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According to Duane Lee Holland Jr., the first professor of hip-hop at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, what are the five styles of hip-hop dance?

a. Krumping, locking, waving, tutting, and top rock
b. Popping, locking, breaking, hip-hop, and house
c. Alternative, East Coast, urban, pop, and rockin’
d. Gangsta, boogaloo, uprock, spinning, and jookin

Answer
b. Popping, locking, breaking, hip-hop, and house

In a video segment on Boston ABC affiliate WCVB, BoCo professor Duane Lee Holland Jr. explained that hip-hop dance, music, and culture grew out of neighborhood parties held in the South Bronx in the 1970s. Partygoers responded to the beats and rhythms laid down by DJs such as Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa with movements that blended jazz, improvisatory expression, and African influences, he said. “In Senegal they speak Wolof,” Holland said to WCVB. “The term ‘hippy’ means ‘to be knowledgeable or conscious,’ and ‘hop’ is the same as dance, so therefore you are a knowledgeable mover of a knowledgeable movement, and that is essentially what hip-hop is.”

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