American Popular Dance
The Detroit Ghettotech style of dancing is called the Jit. It is an improvisational dance that mainly centers around the fast movement of the feet but also arms and body movement dating back to the early 1950’s Jitterbug also known as the Black Botom Stomp. Chicago’s Ghettotech dance style is the juke where the focus is on the footwork dating back to the late 1980’s.
Baltimore club is based on an 8/4 beat structure, and includes tempos around 130 beats per minute. It combines repetitive, looped vocal snippets similar to ghetto house and ghettotech. These samples are often culled from television shows such as Sanford and Son and SpongeBob SquarePants, though can also be simple repeated calls and chants. The “SpongeBob” dance involves landing one’s right foot out to the right while the left foot is slightly kicked out and elevated, then bringing the right foot in (by hopping) and kicking the left leg behind the back and repeated by switching. It starts slow and then progresses.
The newest Jersey dance performed to Baltimore club music, but mainly done to the official song by DJ LILMAN, is called “Swingin It” or “Swing Dat Shit”. The dance originated in the west side of Newark, New Jersey.
New Jersy Swinging it:
Harlem’s Chicken Noodle Soup:
Philedelphia Wu Tang Dance:
The dance involves a jerking of the arms in an up-and-down/side-to-side and outward motion as if one was reaching toward or away from someone. Each individual person adds their own spin to the dance, be it fancy footwork or mimicking gunshots.
Bay Area Hyphy:
New Orleans Bounce: