Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases five videos that demonstrate "old school" Hip Hop dances. I believe all of these dances are from the 1980s and the 1990s, but I'm not sure of that.
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WARNING: Some comments from urbandictionary.com and from the YouTube videos that are embedded in this post include profanity and the "n word".
Also, remember that multiple songs & dances may have the same or similar names and some of the videos for those dances aren't suitable for children's viewing.
WHAT DOES OLD SCHOOL MEAN?
by cazort Mar 31, 2004
Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. Can be used to refer to music, clothing, language, or anything really."
From Spoot Juice May 23, 2004
2) As Before (as something was done, said, etc.)
1) Those shoes are so old school!
2) We're just kickin' it ol' school!
"Kickin it" = "doing it"
Given the age group of the majority of the population in the United States who use the hip hop coined term "old school" [ages 45 and under], at this time "old school" appears to mostly refer to R&B/Hip Hop music/dances from the 1980s and the 1990s. That term also appears to be a mostly positive, nostalgic reference to African American clothing & hair fashions and slang from the 1980s and the 1990s.
"Old school" music isn't the same thing as "old time music". "Old Time Music" is the formal genre name for American banjo & fiddle music that is from the 19th century and the early 20th century. A lot of that music has Black American roots, although nowadays it is mostly performed by non-Black musicians & singers. Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/10/reeltime-travelers-shout-lula-example.html for an example of an Old Time Music song entitled "Shout Lula".
(These videos are posted in chronological order with the oldest dated video presented first.)
Example #1: Throwback dance moves from the 80s and 90s
verballyunspoken, Uploaded on Feb 24, 2009
Just being silly and showing off my skillz..lol How many throwback dance moves can you name? Put them in the comment box. I hope you have fun watching..cuz I had a blast making this video..lol
1) It takes Two - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
2) Humpty dance - Digital Underground
3) Push It- Salt N Pepa
4) Every Little Step- Bobby Brown
5) Control - Janet Jackson
6) Poison - Bell Biv Devoe
7) Pleasure Principle - Janet Jackson
8) What Have You Done For Me Lately - Janet Jackson
9) Don't Be Cruel - Bobby Brown
10) Ruffneck - MC Lyte
11) What about your Friends - TLC
12) Can't Stop no playa - Da organization
13) Whichaway - Intoxicated
I don't know the names of all..I just know how to perform the dance moves..if anyone can name these:
1) the Alf
2) Humpty Hump
4) Running Man
9) L-V (some call it the heel-toe)
10) The Heavy D
A commenter wrote that #6 was called “the poison dance”. But that commenter added question marks to the end of his or her comment meaning that he or she wasn’t sure about that name.
“Poison” is a record name by Bell Biv Devoe [listed as #7]
Example #2: Throwback Dance Moves-Part 2
verballyunspoken, Uploaded on Mar 3, 2009
It's Part 2 Ya'll...there were a lot of dance moves in the 80's and 90's. I'm takin' ya'll back with a suprise at the end...lol
1) Straight-up - Paula Abdul
2) Groove Me - Guy
3) Feels Good - Tony! Toni! Tone!
4) Back to Life - Soul II Soul
5) ALright - Janet Jackson
6) Girls Dem Suga - Beanie Man ft Mya
7) Rebirth of Slick - Digable Planets
1) Roger Rabbit
2) Robo Cop
3) Heavy D
4) Cabbage Patch
5) ??? (It was in Janet's "alright" video..)
6) Butterfly & Bolo
7) Bobby Brown
8) The "Carlton" Dance
Example #3: Old School Dancing
oaklandtobrentwood, Uploaded on May 27, 2009
Old School Dancing 101
"101" [pronounced "one oh one"] means something that is fundamental (basic; beginner's level). The term "101" comes from the course number that is given in United States universities & collegs for entry level courses in a particular subject.
Dances (from subtitles in the video)
the camel walk
69 Yoke “N”
???? [means the dancer wasn’t sure what this dance is called]
The Smurf [not the 1-2 Step]
Selected comments from that video's viewer comment thread:
"The names are right for Cali. The names for the same dances sometimes were regional. In LA we'd have one name but my cousins in Philly, NJ, NY had a different name for the same dance."
"the mc hammer was actually called the "Shaka Zulu" "
"in Oakland, Ca. We call it the Hammer"
Guyver X, 2009
what's the name of this song?
"Its a old school song called "Yella" "
"Hold up ...the dance you are doing is not Fluke N . That dance was called the Prep"
"Uhm excuse me sir but your MC Hammer dance is actually the alf dance"
Example #4: Teisha & Kia Do Old School Dances
NewKiTV, Uploaded on Jul 21, 2009
...Teisha & Kia Pay Tribute To Old School Dances-salt n pepa, mary j. blige, hammer etc.
One of the women said that these dances are from the late 1980s and the early 1990s.
No dance names are given. The records' names are given as subtitles.
Example #5: Hip Hop Old School Dictionary
COSMOSUKR, Uploaded on Dec 26, 2010
Note that hoaxer87 (2013) identified these dancers as the”world famouse ELITE FORCE CREW (MOP TOP), Henry Link and Buddha Stretch”
Here are the names of the dances that are demonstrated in that video as indicated by subtitles and the dancers' calling out the dance names:
Here's a comment from that video's viewer comment thread:
"Everybody tells us smthing different...so confusing. Last week at the Street Dance Kemp in CZ Henry Link taught that the Reebok is actually the Gucci. Just sayin for those who want to learn.
Yo and the 'Mike Tyson' move(which is not in this video but I dont mind mentioning it) is just a variation of a running man.
Peace yall #Always a student"
My thanks to the musical artists whose songs are featured in these videos. Thanks also to the dancers and to the publishers of these videos on YouTube. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.
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