Ballet And Hip-Hop Dance-Off

If you've never attended a dance performance before, then you might be a bit intimidated. Perhaps you don't know exactly what kind of dance you would like to see. Maybe the terminology is a bit confusing and you don't even know what sort of dance is being advertised. Well, don't worry. This article will help you out.

This article will cover two basic types of dance. The first is hip-hop and the second is ballet. Either of these will be a great form of dance to see performed live. Below is a breakdown of the two styles, and what you can expect to see at a performance.


Hip-hop dance originated alongside the development of hip-hop music. Both the dance style and the music style were popular on the street, as well as in clubs. Hip-hop as a musical form originated in The Bronx, during the 1970s. It soon gained traction, and by the 1980s was one of the dominant musical styles on the radio. There are two popular styles of hip-hop dance.

Breakdancing aka Breaking

Breakdancing is a street style dance that is acrobatic in nature. It originated alongside the development of hip-hop, during the 1970s.

Dancers, who refer to themselves as breakers, would perform in public. They would often lay down cardboard on the sidewalk, place a boombox next to it, and then dance. The dancer remains in a small circumference and performs their moves within the circle. They might pop and lock, do a handstand freeze, or a head spin. 

While breaking use to be only found on public streets, you will now find it in theaters. There are groups of breakers who have formed troupes and travel around doing theater performances.


Krumping is a relatively new dance form in the hip-hop world. It came about during the early 2000s in Los Angeles. It is a competitive, aggressive dance. However, this aggression was designed to supplant the anger in the community. Dancers would have "battles" against one another. The battle would not be violent, however. It would be a dance-off in which the dancers never touched each other. They will exaggerate jabs, chest bump the air, spin, and bob and weave like a boxer.

The dance is not acrobatic like breaking. The dancer always remains standing. The dance is much faster than breaking. It is also not rehearsed like breaking. There is zero choreography; it is a purely improvised, freestyle dance. The dancers will feed off of one another. In this way, it can be compared to some forms of Jazz.


If hip-hop is not your cup of tea, then you should consider ballet. It one of the most loved forms of dance in the world. If you want to go to an elegant black tie performance, then you will love ballet. If you're more a Mozart fan, than a Mos Def fan, then you should choose the ballet.


If you love the idea of ballerinas in tutus, grand musical accompaniment, and famous ballets such as The Nutcracker or Swan Lake, then you would love classical ballet. The classical form is derived from Russian, French and Italian styles that have were developed over hundreds of years. The dancers do not improvise; every move is choreographed.

If you want to see a famous ballet, with precise footwork and beautiful costumes, then you should choose a classical ballet.


Modern ballet has its roots in people such as George Balanchine. Modern ballet fused classical ballet style with modern dance moves created by people such as Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey. The pioneers looked to free ballet from the stringent rules that kept ballet within a set framework. The change included both a more relaxed outfit (gone were the tutus) as well as a more free dance style. The rigid en pointe and exacting poses were replaced with more smooth and fluid moves that were associated with modern dance styles.

You will find modern ballet performances in most cities. Some will feature small casts and are experimental in nature, while others will have a large cast and will feature modern classical music.