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How to Pop

Learn how to pop from professional dance instructors Victor Sho and LaShonna Halloway in this Howcast dance video.

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Hi, my name is Victor Sho, and I'm going to teach you basic foundations on how to pop. Okay? So, popping is a constriction of the muscle and basically there is different muscles that you would use when your arm is straight, and when your arm is bent. Okay?

So, when your arm is straight, you want to basically try to focus your muscles on your biceps and your tri's. So, you always want have a relaxed start when you're popping. When you have a relaxed start, then you will be able to contract it, somewhere, pop. You can see the triceps in my muscles tightening up, and you want to do it right on the beat.

One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. Okay? And then, when your arm is bent, you kind of want to try to focus your muscles more on your forearm. Naturally, your biceps is going to be used as well, but your forearm would show the most of the popping. So, right here. Pop, pop, pop, pop. Okay? So, that is how you pop with your arms straight, and how you pop with your arms bent.

Then, I also want to teach you how to chest pop. So, chest popping is a similar thing when you're contracting the muscle. A lot of times people use their shoulders. You know, you don't want to use nothing but your chest, and what I tell a lot of people to do is basically suck in the air in their stomach, and naturally your chest comes up, and it gets tight, and then you relax. Hold it, relax. Hold it, relax. Hold it, relax and now you do it to the beat.

Okay, so that's how you pop your chest. Definitely, you want to make it as if you're shoulder blades in the back are kissing each other. Okay. Cool, so that's how you chest pop. So, now when you want to practice your popping to increase your popping strength, what you want to do is hold the muscles real tight for like a whole eight count, relax. Hold it for an eight count, relax. Hold it for an eight count, relax.

So, it would be like, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, relax. And you can do this still, or you can do this in motion. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, relax. That's just a little exercise you can do to strengthen up your muscles and get them geared for your popping. So, now we're just going to basically do a quick simple combination where your arm is straight, your arm is bent, and then you can use your chest inside the combo too.

Okay? It's the most basic step with popping is called Fresnos. You want to step to the side, lead out with your hip, and then you want to pop it and then bring your body like almost to a rock. Rock, rock, rock, rock, rock, rock to the right, rock to your left, rock to your right, rock to your left. And this rock is supposed to bring your body down to a relaxed state, and then pop when it comes right down. Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and these are called Fresnos. Cool?

So, now I'm going to show you how you can use these pops, and a small little combination where your arms are bent, where your arms are extended, using the Fresnos, and with chest pops, pop, pop, pop. Okay? Five, six, seven, eight, and one, pop, pop, pop, pop, one, two, three four, five six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. And that's how you pop.

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