Wednesday, March 28, 2018


In Waianae and the North Shore the term street dance comes about often. But they can only guess at what street dance is. In professional circles, nowadays the terms “Street Dance” and “Hip Hop dance” are often used to refer to a studio-based version of certain forms. These came about after established teachers and choreographers of Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary tried to copy the “street” styles when they were popularized.

"Social dancers believe that you dance love, and you dance joy,
and you dance dreams and more?"

Since this style did not evolve naturally in a social space, it does not have defined steps, which means that anything can be included within it and be put under the umbrella of “street dancing”. You may have seen this style in music videos (especially commercial Hip Hop) or performed by backing dancers at music shows. The main difference to understand is that this type of “Street dance” was invented in studios to be taught in classes and to be performed on stages and videos.

"In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel 1986

In contrast, the original street dances were not invented but evolved - and evolved with spot lessons on the streets, clubs and parks rather than a studio. These are the street dancers we have in West Oahu and many dance in Night Clubs. Going further The Curve of Learning is a great tool for understanding how you are progressing in any dance, level, or technique in your program. Take a moment to laugh, and reflect, on your very first dance lesson. What were you most worried about then, that you can laugh about now"? All of us from top to bottom are still learning and that's is just terrific for our dance world.

“Social dancers know that when the melody plays, footsteps will move,
the heart sings and the spirit begins to dance.”