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(619) 327-9503

Hip Hop Pop Up Classes

We all need our dance fix and I will be at random holding dance classes called popup classes. To be alerted when I hold one you gotta get on the mailing list.
To signup email or call (619) 327-9503

Beginning Hip Hop
Go Go Dance
UCSD Main Gym (West Balcony)

To register call (858) 534-3772 or email
Intermediate Hip Hop
Club Dance
UCSD Rec Conference Room
To register call (858) 534-3772 or email
11-12noon World Dance
Instructor: Prince

SDSU American Language Institute
To register email or call (619) 327-9503
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Brief Hip Hop History Lesson
The roots of hip hop are found in African-American music and ultimately African music. The griots of West Africa are a group of traveling singers and poets who are part of an oral tradition dating back hundreds of years. Their vocal style is similar to that of rappers. Hip hop arose during the 1970s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly in the Bronx, where African American and Puerto Rican influences combined. Block parties incorporated DJs who played popular genres of music, especially funk and soul music.
Due to the positive reception, DJs began isolating the percussion breaks of popular songs. Turntablist techniques, such as scratching, beat mixing/matching, and beat juggling eventually developed along with the breaks, creating a base that could be rapped over. These same techniques contributed to the popularization of remixes as the looping, sampling and remixing of another's music, often without the original artist's knowledge or consent, can be seen as an evolution of Jamaican dub music, and would become a hallmark of the hip hop style.
During that time B-boying arose during block parties, as b-boys and b-girls got in front of the audience to dance in a distinctive and frenetic style. The style was documented for release to a world wide audience for the first time in documentaries and movies such as Style Wars, Wild Style, and Beat Street. The term "B-boy" was coined by DJ Kool Herc to describe the people who would wait for the break section of the song, getting in front of the audience to dance in a distinctive, frenetic style.

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