What is the Difference Between Popping and Locking?

The answer to this question will draw different responses from different people. However it is generally accepted that it falls under the general ‘street dance category.’

It is generally accepted to be part of hip-hop history and the wider term ‘hip hop dance’ to include locking, popping and breaking.

It is also termed under the ‘funk styles’ term which is probably the most precise if you want to give it a label.

Usually it is confused with popping because locking and popping both came into being at around the same time, locking coming just before popping in the late sixties. Also many of the early adopters of these dance styles would do performances incorporating both popping and locking in them.

However it is important to note that these are two completely different dance styles. When locking and popping are done in the same performance it is sometimes called ‘pop-locking’ a slightly ambiguous term which has drawn many voices into the discussion whether it is an appropriate term.

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