From the early days of breakin’ on cardboard squares at north eastern urban neighborhood events to the dance circles fueled by the repetitive “aye” of a self-made crew, street dancing has long empowered creativity sustained by Black music moments. As the culture spread, so did the social dance movements and across the South, every sub-region has conveyed a message.
Music and dance go hand-in-hand and contributions from the south have impacted jazz, blues, Hip-Hop, and other movement styles and sounds. Loudly and proudly, the words of Sir Andre 3000, “the south got something to say,” still ring true today when it comes to street dance, just as much as the area’s rap music.
This past May, multiple competitive street dancers from across the southern states and beyond participated in the Red Bull ‘Dance Your Style’ National Finals, hoping to place in the Red Bull ‘Dance Your Style’ World Finals. Prior to the competition, Don Soup from Atlanta with Floridian and Caribbean roots, Lenataa from Atlanta with Nigerian roots, and BAM! from Atlanta and The Crown from Minneapolis, all spoke with VIBE, sharing their varying perspectives on the past, present, and future of street dance.