By Lori Spencer


Emerging out of the West Coast disco and funk era with dances like the boogaloo, robot, the puppet, the King Tut, and the scarecrow, “popping” and “locking”–two distinctively different dance styles–finally hit the mainstream in the 1980s during the break dancing craze. Twenty years ago, rappers such as Run DMC, Kurtis Blow, MC Hammer and Whodini popularized the dance in music videos. Michael Jackson immortalized the “backslide” with his famous “moonwalk.”

Popping is still around today and is often performed to modern instrumental hip hop jams and various forms of electronica…


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