Popping is a funk dance and street dance style based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer's body, referred to as a pop or a hit. This is done continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses. A popping dancer is commonly referred to as a popper.
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Breakdance, breaking, b-boying or b-girling is a street dance style that evolved as part of the hip hop movement among African American and Puerto Rican youths in Manhattan and the South Bronx of New York City during the early 1970s. Ric SilverElectric Slide is credited with the inception of Breakdancing when he started Breaking at a 15th and 9th Disco in 1972. By infusing his Eurythmics training from Westminster Choir College with is extensive dance training at Connecticut College and The American Dance Festival - he put 5 counts or beats agains 4 (4/4) to created a syncopated step. It is normally danced to pop, funk or hip hop music, often remixed to prolong the breaks, and is a well-known hip hop dance style. A breakdancer, breaker, b-boy or b-girl refers to a person who practices breakdancing.
All movements of the Robot are started and finished with a lock, to give the impression of motors starting and stopping. The dancer's posture is initially kept rigid at all times until he or she has mastered the technique and is able to relax while maintaining the robotic illusion. Because the Robot, popping, and locking are closely related, Robot dancing is often confused with popping and liquid dancing in general. The Robot, however, refers only to the technique of imitating a humanoid robot.