Yo lads, this article is all about the style of dance that suits your style. You’re probably not a beginner at all but you’re probably thinking about the other side. After all, the grass is always greener on the other side ;). So the question remains, freestyle moves or dance choreography? Or if you’re more territorial about things, I should say, freestyle moves vs. dance choreography – which is better?
I can’t choose it for you, you will have to decide for yourself. I also can’t tell you which is the ultimately better form of hip hop dance. Fortunately, you’ll have plenty of help deciding it for yourself because this article is all about that! I’ll discuss the advantages, the disadvantages and the possible fusion of such hip hop dance styles. Again, it’s all up to you, it’s how you define and interpret dance for yourself. Read on yo –
If you think that the freestyling part is heavily supported, you may be very right about that. I’m more of a freestyler but I love choreography too, only really good choreos!
A really hot freestyling video between Adam Sevani and Chris Brown!
Freestyling is the type of dance usually associated with breakdancers doing their thing on the streets. Freestyling is the rawest form of street hip hop dance. All it takes is getting familiar with whatever dance styles in the hip hop realm (c-walk, popping, locking, tutting, etc) and just do whatever that feels right in the moment. And that is without deliberate planning. Plus you get street credit yo =P.
So what’s good bout freestyling?
So what’s bad bout freestyling?
An awesome video of the Adam/Chu Dance Crew with their choreographed dance
Choreography is what you always see on great dance movies (Step Up 2 in my mind.. yum yum), theatrical plays, crowd events and even in hip hop dance classes. There’s actually a thin line between choreography and freestyling. The dividing factor only lies in the planning of the dance moves. I can write a 200-page book on this but I’ll just say this – freestyling is a form of short-term plan, while choreography is a long-term plan.
Choreography is for dance groups only. Don’t waste your time choreographing if you’re a lone living room dancer. Seriously.
So what’s great about dance choreography?
So what’s bad about choreography in hip hop dancing?
I could actually write a whole lot on this topic. But for the sake of readibility in a website, I’ve kept this short.
So what’s better for you? Weigh it for yourself. Add in the other factors that I’ve not included.
In my personal case, I’m transitioning from freestyle to choreography. There’s always space for freestyling in choreography. I’m not using choreography in it’s literal and pedantic sense. I’m a believer of creativity, innovation and impact in everything I do and that includes hip hop dancing.
If you’re already on one of the sides – freestyling or choreography, don’t hesitate to explore the other side. If you’re a freestyler, you’ll do well in the choreography arena because you’re only putting your ‘unplanned’ moves in a more structured form. All it takes is just practice to get your muscle memories pinned down. If you’re already into choreography, going into freestyling is definitely a breeze. Of course, when you’re freestyling, you’re probably not purely freestyling because you’re breaking down your dictionary of choreographed hip hop dance moves. Well it doesn’t matter, hip hop dance is hip hop dance.