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How to Pop on the Dance Floor

Learn how to pop on the dance floor in this Howcast club dancing video with expert Tweetie.


"What up y'all? My name is Tweet Boogie. I represent the South Bronx. I had my first Hip Hop crew at 14. Done some work with Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child. Traveled all over the world cause I teach hip hop culture and right now I'm ready to teach you some dances for the club. Let's get it started.

So this style that I'm about to teach you right now is called popping. Arms up. Now, popping is basically a flex and release of the muscle. So, first we're going to use our arms. Our arms, the parts that we're gonna use, is our bicep and our forearm. Basically you want to make a muscle. Make a muscle… and relax. Good. Release the muscle. You have to flex the muscle, make a muscle, and relax. Good. When you relax, make sure you're completely relaxed. You have to relax this part of your body as well. So try it again. You wanna flex the bicep and the forearm at the same time. Try this again. So, flex, release, flex, release, flex, release, flex, release. Now you can do it at the same time. Flex, release, flex, release, flex, release, flex, release. There, that's how you use your arms. You can also use your tricep which is the back of your arm. Now when your arm is straight you don't want to lock the elbow, you want to leave it relaxed. So when it's straight, boom, you want to flex the arm. Good. Ninety degree - bicep, forearm. Straight - you want to flex the tricep which is on the back of the arm. Good. No ballet arms, no manicures. Good.

No I'm going to show you your legs. So, wait a minute, wait for it. What you want to do is you want to use the quad in your legs. That's the thigh muscle. You want to flex it just like this. Flex, flex, flex. At the same time, that leg needs to go back. The knee needs to go back, back, back. Good. But don't do it and go down. Don't change levels. Stay, it just needs to go back. So when you bend it, it comes in a neutral point. You understand, like a neutral level? And go back, back, back, back. When it comes back, that's when you flex. Don't try to flex when the knee goes out. That's a forward pop and we only want to do the back pop. Good. Back, back, back. So now, we have to do both the right leg and the left leg at the same time. So you're flexing both right and left. Make sure after you flex you release the muscle. If you don't release it you're going to walk away like this. Very stiff, and it's not a good feeling.

So, let's try to put them both together, arms and legs. So, here we go. Both arms, and legs. So 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2. Make sure that you are using the leg muscle. Do not just bring your knees back because you could insure yourself and we want less, settle settle, injury, so try it again. So, we're going to this step, it's called the Fresno. Boom, boom. Good. You want to shift from right to left. Right side, left side. Make sure the arm that's down, this arm does not go on a vacation. It doesn't be lazy, it doesn't go to sleep, doesn't go on a cruise. You need to use it as well. So, both body parts, all four body parts, are being utilized. So try it again. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Now, we're going to put it to some music so you can see, ""well how can I do that at a party, or at a block party, or in a club, or with a partner""? DJ! Uh oh, ay, let's go. 5, 6, 5, 6, 7, slow, 1, 2, 1, 2. You have to use both arms and both legs. Good. That's slow, now mid tempo. Here we go, 5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2. Good. Notice how I shift my weight from side to side. Good. You don't want to go down, up, down, up. You want to shift from side to side. Your legs are still going back. Back, back, back, back. Here we go. Good! And that's how you pop.

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