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Street Dance Styles: Popping and Locking

Popping and locking seem like similar street dance moves however, they are two different dance styles which work brilliantly together. Both dance styles originated differently and have been combined since in many street dance performances.

Lil Beatz help all young children improve their street dance skills and learn all styles, including popping and locking. We offer street dance classes for all children aged 2-6 years old.
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What Is Popping?

Popping first came to light in the 1960s, starting with Boogaloo Sam in Fresno California. Whilst there are several different dance moves and origins involving popping, Boogaloo Sam invented “The Boogaloo” dance move. He then taught fellow members of his dance group, The Electric Boogaloos, how to use popping dance moves.

However, there are several other popping dance moves that can be used within street dance. This includes:

  • Animation
  • Dime Stop
  • Gliding
  • Isolation
  • Miming
  • Popping
  • Scarecrow
  • Snaking
  • Strobing
  • Strutting
  • The Robot
  • Ticking
  • Tutting

There are many different inventors when it comes to the original creation of different popping dance moves. Each dance move is completely different but uses elements of popping to create a fantastic dance style. For example, The Boogaloo is a fluid motion which creates the impression of having no bones, with the whole body being loose. Other moves such as gliding show you moving smoothly across the floor, so there is a lot of variation.

What Is Locking?

Locking originated slightly later than popping in the 1970s and was used as a specific style in Los Angeles. Its popularity quickly caught on and whilst the two began as their own unique dance styles, it was not long before they were combined together.

Locking was originally known as Campbellocking, having first been used by Don Campbell. Similar to popping, there are a range of different locking dance moves that can be incorporated into street dance. For example:

  • Alpha
  • Break Down
  • Floor Sweep
  • Funky Guitar
  • Jazz Split
  • Kick
  • Knee Drop
  • Leo Walk
  • Lock
  • Pacing
  • Scoo B Doo
  • Stop and Go
  • The Skeeter Rabbit
  • Up Lock
  • Whichaway
  • Wrist Twirl
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Differences Between Popping and Locking

Although both popping and locking are popular within hip hop and commonly used together, they are different dance styles that can be mastered. Popping is forcing your body outwards, similar to an explosion within the body, whereas locking is contracting these body parts.

Both can be done at different intensity levels but locking can also be identified by its distinctive stops. There are many different street dance styles that are combined together within street dance routines. However, popping and locking complement each other to create a fantastic routine and dance style.

Combining Popping and Locking

As popping and locking was around before breakdancing, the two styles were very unique and used separately. During the breaking era, popping and locking began to combine to create funky and fun dance moves.

When used together, the contracting from locking and expansion from popping fit together effortlessly. By learning both dance styles simultaneously, you can master different street dance styles and improve your dancing skills!

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Lil Beatz offer street dance classes for children aged 2-6 years old. Regardless of your current skills, you should always get involved in street dance and develop your dancing! If you think street dance could be a good option, do not hesitate to get in touch and book a class today.

We have street dance classes in North and South Blackpool, Southport and Wythenshawe. Visit our Facebook Page today or fill in our contact form to find out any information you need regarding our classes.

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Street Dance Styles: Breakdancing

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There are several street dance styles which can add flair to any routine. Breakdancing is one of the most popular and frequently used dance styles and something we always love to involve. There are several ways breakdancing can be used as your skills continue to develop.

At Lil Beatz, we offer street dance classes for children aged 2-6. Breakdancing is just one of the styles used in our classes to create fun and enjoyable routines.
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History Of Breakdancing

Breakdancing is actually one of the oldest known forms of street dance. Having originated in the Bronx, New York in the 1970s, it was popularised by African Americans and U.S. Latinos. As this is one of the most energetic dance styles, it has continued to grow in popularity, being well known for athletic dance moves compared to many other styles.

One of the first ever groups was called “The Zulu Kings”, formed by Afrika Bambaataa. Since then, many more street dance groups have come to light, with breakdance being a fantastic style to use throughout any routines.

As an earlier form of street dance, breakdance has influenced a range of modern dances as well as being used by many artists who used dance within their acts, such as Michael Jackson’s moonwalking. Breakdancing will now even be an Olympic sport, demonstrating just how much it has grown. Additionally, there have been several street dance films made where breakdance is regularly used.

Breakdance Music

To keep developing your breakdancing, it is important you’re using the right music to keep improving your skills. Hip-hop dance songs are typically ideal for a breakdance routine, however, there are many genres that can be used. Breakdancing music includes:

  • Funk
  • Hip-Hop
  • Jazz
  • Rap
  • Soul

Lil Beatz put together fantastic choreography to make sure all dance routines fit in time perfectly with our music. Not only does this create a great routine but your skills should continue to develop with the help of our dance teachers.

Music is just one part of creating the perfect dance routine involving breakdance. Style, fashion and your own innovation is also important to be an amazing break dancer.

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Breakdance Moves

Whilst breakdancing is a form of street dance, there is a huge selection of breakdance moves that you should try to master. Whilst some dance moves can be learned naturally through routines and street dance classes, others may require more practice and dedication for it to become second nature to you.

Popular breakdancing moves that are commonly used include:

  • Air Flares
  • Applejack
  • Dizzy run
  • Footwork
  • Handglide
  • Headspins
  • Swipe
  • Toprock
  • Windmills

With many dance moves to learn, this makes breakdancing a great style to use in any routine. Not only can you learn these different dance moves, but it will often involve freestyle. This means you can freely create new moves on the spot!

Begin Street Dance Lessons

If your child is aged between 2-6 years old, Lil Beatz offer the perfect opportunity to improve your street dance skills. Working on breakdancing and a range of other styles, our dance teachers make sure all children have the support they need, helping to build confidence and ability when it comes to street dance.

To get involved or find out more information, do not hesitate to contact us. Fill in our contact form or visit our Facebook page for a fast response. We have dance studios across North and South Blackpool, Southport and Wythenshawe.

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We teach a range of street dances.

Dance Skills

Are you interested in taking up a new hobby? Lil Beatz offer the perfect opportunity to develop your dance skills whilst making friends and having a great time. With many classes available for all age groups, you are always welcome at Lil Beatz!

Welcome to Lil Beatz! Lil Beatz aim to make toddler dance classes fun and enjoyable, teaching a range of street dances starting at ages as little as 2 years old. If you have a passion for dance, Lil Beatz offer the perfect opportunity to develop your dance skills from a young age, whilst gaining new friends and enjoying yourself throughout dance classes! Lil Beatz love taking on new toddlers and those who already have a little dance experience. Specialising in street dance with several classes available, we can always find your area of expertise within street dance. Located in Blackpool, we are happy to take on boys and girls ageing from 2 to over 4s.

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Our Classes

The three classes we have available are different for age groups. With our street dance style, we have three classes available to keep different age groups together and teach your children as one! Our three classes are:

  • 2-3 Years – Lil Boppers
  • 3-4 Years – Lil Hip Hoppers
  • 4+ Years – Lil Top Rockers

You are never too early to start dancing and we want to help all young children develop their dancing talent! We want all our students to be creative, develop their talent, but most importantly, enjoy themselves. Regardless of your age, you can always join the Lil Beatz community as long as you love to dance.

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If you would like to start your dancing journey and sign-up for dance classes, do not hesitate to contact Lil Beatz. We can always discuss class times, age groups and street dance styles before booking your first dance class. Fill in our contact form to make an enquiry.

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Why Is Dancing So Good For Your Health?

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Why Is Dancing So Good For Your Health?

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Dancing is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, but it is also very beneficial for all kids! Dancing is a great option for a hobby and even better to help your health. Read our blog and find out why.

Lil Beatz have dance classes for several age groups and can help you with both your health and hobbies. Dancing will always offer a number of benefits no matter how old you are.

Improving Confidence & Self-Esteem

For older groups, confidence can often be a big issue, especially if you haven’t danced before. Dancing can be challenging but if you have a real passion to do well, your confidence will begin to reflect this. The longer you are dancing, the better you will get and this can help to improve your confidence and self-esteem when dancing. At Lil Beatz, we always aim to develop the talent of all our students, build up your confidence and your skills when dancing.

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Stay Healthy & Develop Relationships

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Learning new hobbies will always help young children build confidence and dancing is one of the best options to achieve this.

Physical Health

Staying healthy and taking part in physical activity as a child is vital. Whether you decide to play football, go swimming or dance, physical activity has massive benefits. Not only will physical activity improve you physically, but it can also benefit young children mentally. According to Pro Dance Centre, regular dance leads to improved flexibility, range of motion, strength and stamina. Dance can also help you lose weight which leads to great confidence and mental development, making dance the perfect option for your child’s health.

Social Development

Developing relationships whilst young is always great for children. Whether you are shy, loud or adventurous, dance can help girls and boys develop great relationships from an early age. Finding a hobby that you love can lead to social improvements, having interests in common with the people around them. Not only can dance lead to more socialisation for your kids, but this can help them improve their performance and really enjoy the dances they learn.

Book Your Dance Class

Book your first dance class today and get in touch with Lil Beatz! We have classes ranging from 2 years to over 4s and are happy to take anyone on board. If you have an interest in the many street dance styles, get in touch today. Fill in our contact form to book your class.

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