The Hip Hop Genre Essay

1092 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
B-boying is considered currently to be one of the mainstream dances of the Hip Hop genre. This intensely physical dance has a very interesting history and is a product of a subculture that was born on the streets of New York City during the early 1970s. Understanding the foundations and environment that created this dance is vital as well as its evolution into a modern dance form. B-boying and eventually B-girling can be divided into three main categories: old school, the freak and its current form which is far more acrobatic.(1) Moreover, B-boying has become a world-wide phenomena with dances and competitions all over the world and with this international flavor, B-boying continues to thrive as an example of modern dance expression.
History and Environment New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s was a city deep in crisis. Industrial decline, economic stagnation, loss of manufacturing jobs, white flight and fiscal crisis created a dismal situation (2). The Bronx, one of the five boroughs of NYC, was hit the hardest by all these factors. Historically, the Bronx had been an upper-middle class area with wonderful apartments buildings. This all changed by the early 1970s. Those who could afford to leave did so and those who remained were trapped in an environment full of crime, arson and gangs. Arson had left this area with 80% of uninhabitable buildings. (3) The burning of the Bronx became the new symbol of the era. The area was predominately…

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