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United States

BANK HEAD BOUNCE

Atlanta, GA
Pioneers: Diamond Atkins, D-Roc, Kevin Lee, Outkast

The Bankhead Bounce originated on the West Side of Atlanta in an area and street known as Bankead. It was first popularized in the song "Wassup Wassup" by rappers L. Diamond Atkins ft. D-Roc in 1995. It was also seen in Outkast's "Benz or Beamer" music video and was cemented in the mainstream when Michael Jackson performed it at the 1995 MTV Music Video Awards.

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BEAT YOUR FEET

DMV
Pioneers: Beat Your Feet Kingz, Crazy Legs

Starting in the DC go-go music scene, deriving originally from a dance called the hee-haw

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BOOGALOO

Oakland, CA
Pioneers: Electric Boogaloo

Boogaloo, a style of funk dance started in Oakland in the 60s, is a pioneer in many foundational Hip Hop dances such as Popping, Turf and Robot dances. It includes wiggling, illusions, popping and freestyle elements.

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BREAKING

Bronx, NY
Pioneers: Boogaloo Shrimp

Started by American youth in urban New York in the early 70s, Breakdancing is one of the pillars of Hip Hop and uses four main variations: toprock, downock, power moves and freezes.

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EAST SIDE STOMP

Decatur, GA
Pioneers: Blowhead, Attic Crew

Later known as the A-Town Stomp, the East Side Stomp was started in Decatur, GA and popularized by Youngbloodz.

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FLEXIN

Brooklyn, NY

Flexin was started in Brooklyn, NY and involves rhythmic contortion, slides, floor moves and many subsets of styles such as Bruk Up, Bone breaking and Get Lo.

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FLOSS

Atlanta, GA
Pioneers: Ryan Myall, Backpack Kid

First seen in the 00s but later popularized by the Backpack Kid, this popular trend dance uses counter arm and hip movements, creating a comical, dental flossing motion.

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GANGSTER WALK

Memphis, TN

Gangsta Walking is a street dance started in Memphis, TN in the 90s. It is the foundation of Memphis Jookin and incorporates various disciplines and styles including buckin, choppin, icing, buck jumps and pacmans.

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HARLEM SHAKE

Harlem, NY
Pioneers: Al B. (creator); Maurice "Motion" Strayhorn, Jesse "Smiley" Rutland, Kirkland "Dirty Kirt" Young and Joseph "No Bones" Collins

Originally called the Albee after creator Al B. created the dance in 1981, the Harlem Shake was popularized in 2001when it featured heavily in G. Dep music video for the song "Let's Get It".

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HIT DEM FOLKS

Columbus, GA
Pioneers: Meechie and Toosi

Hit dem folks is a popular trend dance started in Columbus, GA in the 10s.

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HOUSE

Chicago & NY

House dance has its roots in the underground House music scenes in New York and Chicago during the 70s.

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JIT

Detroit, MI
Pioneers: Jitterbugs, Haleem 'Stringz' Rasul

Jit is a ghettotech style of dancing started which relies heavily on fast footwork combinations, drops, spins and improvisations.

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JOOKIN

Memphis, TN
Pioneers: Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley, Tarrik Moore, G Nerd, Dr. Rico, Daniel Price, Cino, Ladia Yates, Gino, BoBo, Jaquency

Memphis Jookin evolved from Gangsta Walking (80s) to be what is known today in the 90s. It includes derivative styles such as Buckin, Choppin and uses a multitude of slides, intricate foot combos and signature buck jumps.

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JUKIN / FOOTWORK

Chicago, IL

Footwork's early 90s origins are based in the blend of electronic dance music with elements of ghetto house in Hip Hop.

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KRUMP

Los Angeles, CA
Pioneers: Ceasare "Tight Eyez" Willis, and Jo'Artis "Big Mijo" Ratti

Formed in the 2000s in South Central LA as a means of positive expression to escape violent environments, KRUMP was started by Ceasare "Tight Eyez" Willis, and Jo'Artis "Big Mijo" Ratti and later popularized by the movie RIZE. It involves big and powerful exaggerated movements and is often conducted in battles.

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LITEFEET

Harlem, NY
Pioneers: Goofy, Mr. Youtube

Litefeet is a modern evolution of breakdancing and bboying. Started in the 2000s, it incorporates special moves like hat/shoe tricks and trend dances.

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LOCKING

Oakland, CA
Pioneers: Don Campbell

Locking is a funk dance also associated with Hip Hop that was started by Don Campbell in the 60s. Originally derived from a dance called the Lock, Campbell pioneered a new dance by adding trend dances to create what would become Locking.

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NAE NAE

Atlanta, GA
Pioneers: We Are Toonz

The Nae Nae is a Hip Hop trend dance started in 2013 and introduced by We Are Toonz in their video "Drop That NaeNae."

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POPPIN

Oakland, CA

Popping was derived from the earlier Boogaloo street dance movement taking place in Oakland, California during the late 1960s

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RAGTOP

Atlanta, GA

Started in Atlanta in the early 90s, the RagTop is an intense line dance using repetitive stomping and movement of legs.

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SHOOT

Memphis, GA
Pioneers: Blockboy JB

First seen in the video of the same name, the Shoot dance took over mainstream trend dancing and achieved world wide popularity quickly. The dance involves jumping up and down on one leg while simultaneously kicking out the other and using synced arm movements.

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STANKY LEG

Dallas, TX
Pioneers: GS Boys

Popularized by the song “Stanky Legg” released by the hip-hop group GS Boyz in 2009, the Stanky Leg dance involves extending one leg and circling that knee, and then doing the same with the other leg.

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TURFIN

Oakland, CA

Turf was influenced by Boogaloo of the 60s and includes "story telling" and other dance style concepts such as tutting, flexing, waving and animation.

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TURFIN

Atlanta, GA
Pioneers: Anthony “A Dog,” Sweet Melodi, Ted Rush, MC Lightfoot, Hilton Holloway, Courtney “Chicken Little” and DJ Cutmaster Swiff

Started in skating rinks and made popular in dance competitions and nightclubs in Atlanta in the 80's, YEEK (Your Energetic Explosive Klimax) is a style of dance representing a buildup of emotions, unbridled energy and raunchy innuendo.

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