'Urban' Dance Classes
choreography inspired dance styles.
*Recently there has been a push in renaming ‘urban’ dance due to racial connotations towards the Black community, particularly in the music industry. So please keep this in mind that this name has stopped being used and the global dance community are deciding on a better name to categorise this style of dance.
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What is Urban Dance?
Contrary to what is typically believed, Urban Dance is not a dance genre, but rather, a choreography dance style that is an interpretation of one’s unique flavor and soul to music. Whilst historically inspired by the Hip Hop genre, Urban Dance is as an act that allows individuals to emotionally express their own creativity using inspiration from multiple dance genres to explain a concept, story or vision.
As Urban Dance does not follow any specific dance style, the movements often involve a lot of dynamic textures that can hit any beat or flow with any lyrical element in the music. Recently there has been change in renaming ‘urban’ dance due to racial connotations towards the Black community, particularly in the music industry. So please keep this in mind that this name has stopped being used and the global dance community are deciding on a better name to categorise this style of dance.
The History of Urban dance
Urban Dance traces back to South California in 1992, when a man named Arnel Calvario and his friends combined elements in old school and new school hip hop to create a choreography piece for a club performance.
Driven by his vision to find meaning, purpose and enjoyment in dance, Calvario started a dance studio that inspired many dancers to form dance teams to compete in competitions, eventually creating a bigger Urban Dance scene in America.
The rise in social media platforms in the 2000s allowed Urban Dance to further evolve and become well-recognised dance style across the globe. Today, International workshops for Urban Dance play a major role in connecting many dancers around the world (particularly in America, Japan and Korea).
Urban Dance in Sydney
Urban dance in Sydney is still a very young community. Due to Urban dance being derived from other genres of dance, you will find a lot of urban dancers in the Sydney community bond with multiple dance communities, which makes it difficult to pin point whether one identifies as an urban dancer. However, early signs of the community is seen in various pockets of Sydney such as the forming of a relatively new collegiate dance team ‘Urban Dance Crew’ at UNSW, as well as other student dance societies in other universities which hosts multiple dance styles including Urban Dance such as Macquarie Dance Academy (MDA).