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The only way to train BATTLES is to BATTLE. You cannot train battle in the mirrior. That is working on moves that you cant see in shadows (the original mirror training was on the street, under a street light, watchig your shadow) we were literally shadow boxing on the street corners practicing. If you really consider yourself a battler, you would be battling all the time, not just in contests. Most people dont want to battle, they just want to win a contest. But the real truth, Battle is a lifestyle. Study GREENTEK and his rise to fame. He battled on and off the court. Real street battlers dont need a Promoter. they need good oponents. Make BATTLE NORMAL, BATTLE everyday, call out all your team mates, and students, call out at least 2 or 3 times at every jam, make sure you get your rounds in before you enter a contest. And when they fnally call your name, you will be relaxed, and normal, and now you can get down to business. GET YOUR HEAD UT THE CLOUDS, Worry about the cat in front of you, and stop worrying about the win! if the person in front of you remembers your name, that is all that matters win lose or draw.
Musicality and Beat Freak (how to)
REAL BEAT FREAKING IS WHEN YOU DONT KNOW THE SONG! Musicality is a musicians term. To really freak the beat, you must learn about MUSIC (not memorize songs), Real Beat Freak and Musicality, is when "You dont know the song, and yu still catch all the bells and whistles". To do this, you must study the originas or Funk, Soul, Latin Soul. And the only way to study is by just Listening to good old fashion production. When you study original FUNK, you will find that all the musical structure of todays songs are based on FUNK, SOUL, Rhythm and Blues. Study the past, and you can predeict the future. Bless.
Create Beat Patterns in your Mind
Listen to a Track you like. Then in your head, create another basic Beat Pattern to go over it, and loop it in your mind. Then practice Isolating and Popping Each Muscle to the Beat in your mind, over the funky track you were listening to. Creating Rhythms over Rhythms is good Beat Training.
What Music to Train to?
Train to Music that you LOVE and that MOVES YOU. Not Just battle beats, and the obvious. If it is your fathers Soul collection, or your Big Brothers Hip Hop Play List then so be it. What ever it is that you enjoy listening to on your Ipod when you are not dancing. This will add to your feeling for dance and music. Then aply these feelings you have towards your favorite music to you dance.
IMHO Phases a Street Style Dancer should go through
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-LOVE OF MUSIC. gotta Love the music you dance to, listen to music you love day and night. Once you start loving this music, Your complete understanding of musicality will grow.
-SOCIAL DANCE: We never call it that in
the hood, we never even said party dance (we got checked on that one)
in NYC we said Rocking the Party or Party Rockin, Gettiin Down, Rockin,
.ect.. But get in the clubs, Back Yard Boogs, Jams and Street
Partyies/Block Parties and just Groove and Get Down with the Ladies and
Vibe with your Crew. The 2 STEP concept is Street Styles in a Nut Shell,
DO IT TO THE LEFT then DO IT TO THE
RIGHT. Everything starts like 2 Step. FRESNO, TOP ROCK, PARTY ROCK, we
do it to the left and right and in between we GROOVE and FREESTYLE and
jump back in the 2 step. This will build your understanding of GROOVE,
TRANSITIONING from One Step to Another, PACE, and more...
NOTE: Understand We get Yelled at for Teaching this! Because allot of OG's and People in the Hood in general feel your not supposed to teach how to Rock in a Party. You get in where you fit in...
FREESTYLE is the KEYSTYLE: All the OG's will tell you there BEST MOVES
came from just FREESTYLING. Or if you ask an OG how he or she did that
move that will tell you "I don't remember" That is the Highest Level in
Some Basic Freestyle Tips:
-Groove is the Real Power Move... Connecting to music with your Body is Gods Work.... Can't teach that you gotta feel that yall....
-Think about where you want to go AND DON'T GO THERE!,
-Become an Instrument on top of the Music and Play a Solo with your Body,
-Train all your Foundation HARD! And then throw it all away and just Get Down! lol
all of these work and more....
-STREET CRED: Pay dues in the Circles and in Battles. You don't need an event or promoter to tell you when to CIPHER and BATTLE!!! You can battle on a street corner with just 3 people watching. It is still a battle. Cipher with your Crew, and smoke any intruders that dare to step in your CIPHER. (true meaning of Ciphering yall) IMHO
-PERFORMANCE: Learn the Stage and how to use it, and how to Rock the
Crowd. This element came in once Street Style Dancers started doing
shows, we shared the stages with great performers and started learning
quick. The hardest thing to do on stage is absolutely nothing!
Understanding the technique of VOID. And you will understand how to
I was blessed as a kid to work with BILL ERWIN (vaudeville-style stage performancer) and he taught me allot as a kid about the stage... As well as Anne Marie Dangelo, Graciella Daniel, Trevor Nun, and more....
PLEASE ADD ON YALL...