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Two street dancers performing in the URBANOS dance contest in Brazil.

A street dance is a dance style—regardless of country of origin—that evolved outside dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, raves, and nightclubs. The term is used to describe vernacular dances in urban context. [1] Vernacular dances are often improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers. These dances are a part of the vernacular culture of the geographical area that they come from. Examples of street dance include b-boying (or breakdancing), which originated in New York City.[2]

Clogging is thought to be considered a very early form of street dance, since it evolved in the streets and factories of northern England in the mid-19th century.[3]

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  1. ^ Stearns, Marshall Window; Stearns, Jean (1994). Jazz Dance: The Story of English and American Vernacular Dance. New York City: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306805537. 
  2. ^ Mansbach, Adam (24 May 2009). "The ascent of hip-hop: A historical, cultural, and aesthetic study of b-boying". Boston.com. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Alfred Hickling, Clog dancing's big street revival, The Guardian (December 2, 2010).

External linksEdit

  Media related to Street dance at Wikimedia Commons