Electric boogaloo (dance)

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Electric boogaloo (sometimes mistakenly referred to as electric boogie) is a funk style of hip hop dance closely related to popping. It became the signature style of the dance group started in the 1970s, the Electric Boogaloos. Along with electric boogaloo they also popularized popping and many of its related styles.

It is characterized as a fluid leg-oriented style danced to funk music, utilizing rolls of the hips, knees, legs, and head, which was later combined with popping.[1]


Crazy legs
A footwalk that was created by Poppin Pete. He invented "Crazy Legs" by watching a boy called Crazy Legs dancing and changed what he saw into a Popping move.
Basic movement between body, arm, and foot. It was created by Boogaloo Sam.
A move, which defines all that is essential in Popping (also used in electric boogaloo). The Fresno can be performed in various ways as only the following requirements exist. In a fresno, the dancer moves side-to-side doing a hit on each turn with the leg and arm of the side the dancer has moved to.
The neck twix between body and the neck.
Old man
A type of boogaloo style was created by Boogaloo Sam. Boogaloo Sam invented this move by watching an old man walking across the street.
A technique where, as in the mannequin, the dancer creates the impression of unnatural body joints by moving and twisting various parts in sequence. Non-twisting parts should remain absolutely still. The effect resembles a Rubik's Cube moving, or somewhat a clay figure being modeled. It can be further refined by using hands to "push" or "pull" the body parts around.
A footwalk that took you from point A to point B. It is very common in popping.

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  1. ^ The Electric Boogaloos. "The Birth of Popping and Boogaloo Style". "Funk Styles" History & Knowledge. Archived from the original on April 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-28.