Electric boogaloo (dance)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Part of the series on
Popping
Popping.jpg
Related styles
See also
view

Electric boogaloo (sometimes mistakenly referred to as electric boogie) is a style of funk dance and 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]

Today, boogaloo is often used as a synonym for the electric boogaloo, except in the Bay Area where boogaloo refers to an Oakland creation of street dance that remains to this day.[citation needed]

Moves[edit]

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.
Fresno
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.
Neck-o-flex
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.
Twist-o-flex
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.
Walk-out
A footwalk that took you from point A to point B. It is very common in popping.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Electric Boogaloos. "The Birth of Popping and Boogaloo Style". "Funk Styles" History & Knowledge. Retrieved 2006-04-28.