Free Style


Free Style




Freestyle dancing is a comprehensive term that covers styles of dance that were created outside of dance studios. Also called street dancing, this type of dance was developed in clubs and on the streets. It is characterized by improvisation and an aggressive style, unlike the polished and choreographed performances of sequential dancing. Today, freestyle dancing is seen in clubs, music videos, concerts, competitions and in school clubs. It is a form of social interaction, physical education and even art.

Early freestyle dancing began in the 1970s on street corners and public places where dancers would show off their improvisational skills that resembled modern-day break dancing. By the 1980s as the music became more popular and accessible, more stand up moves were incorporated into the dance. The birth of freestyle dancing really began as disco died.
Although some performances are choreographed, or partially choreographed, improv is the main force behind freestyle. Dancers are encouraged to create new moves and develop a personal style. The dancing is tough, raw and often involves stopping and starting. Unlike ballet and other formal styles that rarely change, freestyle dancing is known for its evolution.

When freestyle dancing began, it was more about the flow from one break dancing move to another. As it evolved, pauses and breakups of rhythm became more popular. The dancing became harder, edgier and included more audience interaction. Isolation of individual body parts such as the hips and core also started to be used more and is seen commonly today.Join Now