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Belly Dance Music

Looking for some good belly dance music? Here is a list of 3 albums that all belly dancers should own.

1. 10 Songs Every Bellydancer Should Know

This CD introduces a new belly dancer to the different rhythms used in the music. This album contains songs that most beginners can picture themselves dancing to. However, don’t think this is ONLY the type of music -so much more out there.

2. Tantra Lounge 4

Imagine if east and the west had a child together and that child embodied all that is great from both cultures. Now imagine that love child compiled an album. This would be that album. Enjoy.

3. Sadie Presents 15 Ultimate Belly Dance Hits

Sadie’s Ultimate Belly Dance Hits is the premier collection of sultry to upbeat traditional and modern belly dance music favorites. Encompassing many styles, you can enjoy Egyptian classics, modern raks sharqi, DJ remixes, drum solos, beledi, and sensual music for veil and floorwork. Recognized as one of the world’s most famous and respected belly dance artist, Sadie is a groundbreaking performer, instructor and choreographer. This exclusive selection of music is handpicked by Sadie from her line of best-selling instructional belly dance videos.

Now we know there are other albums out there that are awesome, sadly we don’t have the time to list them. Feel free to post a comment with your favorite songs or albums to belly dance to below!

Father Daughter Wedding Dance Ideas

The father daughter wedding dance
The father daughter dance is one of those things you really can’t put into words. It’s emotional for some and to others it’s just another fun moment shared between daughter and father. That being said we can’t honestly recommend what to do or what song to use as that’s something you need to decide on your own. Instead we at have went out and found some videos of father and daughter dances which you can watch below to give you some ideas on what other people have done.

Here’s a video of a father daughter dance which starts out normal but has a little surprise in-between.

Here is one that is not silly, but more emotional and traditional.

Line Dance Music (The Top 15 Songs)

We traveled dance floor to dance floor out at our local country bars and asked the people to list their favorite new and old line dance music. We tallied the votes, added our own opinion, and came up with this list.

Here is our list of the top 15 songs to line dance to!

15. Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
14. Chatahoochie – Alan Jackson
13. Save a Horse – Big and Rich
12. Footloose –  Blake Shelton
11. Baby Likes To Rock It – The Tractors
10. Book Docks – Little Big Town
9. Backwoods – Justin Moore
8. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
7. Cotton-Eye Joe – Rednex
6. Fishing In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
5. Honky Tonk Badonkadonk – Trace Adkins
4. Good Time  – Alan Jackson
3. Country Girl (Shake It for Me) – Luke Bryan
2. Watermelon Crawl – Tracy Byrd
1. Boot Scootin’ Boogie – Brooks & Dunn

Have any other line dance songs you’d like to name? Post a comment below and let us know!

How To Twerk (Twerking)

Note: Twerk at your own risk, we are not liable for any injuries

There are tons of videos of booty twerking online but none that actually break it down. This twerk tutorial was created to solve this.

To start it off I’d like to clear some common misconceptions up.
1. You don’t need a big rear-end in order to twerk (it certainty helps thought).
2. Yes white girls can twerk ;)
3. You don’t need to be grinding against someone to be twerking.

Now let’s get into the actual twerking tutorial!
How to twerk:
There are various parts of twerking, but only two basic parts you need to know in order to twerk.

1. Popping your butt:
To do this, simply start with your back arched so your butt is sticking out. Now move your butt forward (try not to move your back) once you move a bit, pop it back out.

2. Control your butt with your thighs.
This is the most important part of twerking; it’s also the hardest to describe which is why you rarely see actual tutorials on twerking.
By vibrating your thighs your butt will also vibrate (this is where a big butt comes in helpful, but not needed). Moving your thighs in different ways also makes your booty move in different ways. The best way to get what I’m talking about is by watching the video below by the twerk team:

While watching this video pay attention to their lower half and how they jump, use their heels, legs and thighs to control their booty. Try to replicate different motions with your thighs based on this video and you should have twerking down in no time.
Other “twerking terms”: Jersey turnpike, booty shake, jerking.

The Top 4 Shoes to C-walk in

The Top 4 Shoes to C-walk in:
Alright! Let’s start the list off at number four:
Ranking in at number four for the top four C-walk Shoes is: All Stars. These Converse high tops are known for (in the C-walk Community) their use by old school walkers. The shoe was a popular find on OG Crip walkers (still can be seen in many videos by people who do the Original Crip Walk). Still today you see many Clown and C-walkers using this shoe.


The number 3 spot is held by a brand of shoes rather than a specific one; Adidas. This brand is one of the most common shoe brand to Crip walk in. Popular styles include: Gazelles, which came in many cool styles including blue suede. A few other honorable mentions are: Sambas (the indoor soccer shoe), Super Stars (another one of the top Adidas C-walk Shoes), and Good year. The List continues on…

The shoe that came in second place is one I don’t really agree on, but from an anonymous internet poll our users selected Air Force Ones as one of the top cwalk shoes.

Finally, the number one shoe to c-walk in is: Nike Cortez. The shoe is valued from 40 dollars (basic) to 120 dollars (custom or limited edition). The shoe is the most common shoe that C-walkers use and has been voted the easiest shoe to C-walk in by Dance Origin Staff and members.

Background on the Nike Cortez: According to a Coach by the name of “Bill Bowerman” wanted to make a better running shoe. He ended up taking a pair of flip flops and drafted then into shoes (running shoes). The Hybrid shoe was dubbed the Cortez and was noted for changing running in 1973; people made claims saying “it felt like running on the moon”.

Picture Credit:
Air Force Ones
Cortez, Adidas,All Stars

Hoop Dance Basics (Keeping the hoop off the ground).

Hoop Dance Basics (Keeping the hoop off the ground).
Step 1

Make sure to stretch properly to avoid any injuries.

Step 2

Second, after you’re done stretching, step inside of the hoop. Next place your feet shoulder width apart and while standing in this positing place a foot in front of the other (partially) and keep your mind, back, and balance straight. While staying relaxed move onto step three.

Step 3

Hold your hoop horizontally, with its opening in front of you (the “left over space”) so that your hoop is touching your back. Now with great concentration give the hoop a spin around your waist (basic hula hoop skills). The spin can be directed in any direction. While spinning you should remember that you’re not trying to move your hips in a circle motion, but instead rocking your pelvis in a back and forth motion (keeping the hoops momentum and centrifugal motion).

Example: if your hooping counter clockwise, you should feel most of the pressure from the hoop rolling around your mid section (torso) when you’re shifting your pelvis/hips forward rolling it over your left hip. The same goes for when your shifting back and it rolls over your lower back on the right (clockwise it’s the exact opposite).
Once you’ve mastered keeping the hoop off the ground move onto step four.

Step 4

Once you have a comfortable feeling with keeping your hoop off the ground (hooping in both directions), try and switch your feet around so the opposite one is in front. Master this as you did with the other foot and move on.

Step 5

Now that you’ve achieved basic hooping skills try to become less stiff and move around a bit. The reason for this is obvious, hoop dancing requires you to dance…. while hooping.

Have fun hooping and make sure to check out our other articles on hoop dancing!

History of the Gangster walk

History of the G-walk
gangster walk
Gangsta-walking (aka g-walking or buck jump) is a street dance that originated in Memphis, Tennessee (evolved version referred to as: Buck(in) ) and despite the name this dance is not restricted to ‘gangstas’.

Although the dance’s origins have appeared to spawn in the late 1970s, its popularity did not grow until the 1980s along side with “Buck” music. The dance has been suspected to be created by a street dancer named “Capital D” – real name Dima Grinevich (although there is a lot of controversy over the original inventor). Another common mistake is the reference of M.C Hammer’s role in the gangsta-walk. Unlike popular belief he did not contribute any style (he did lead to spin off versions however), the only real role he had was in its growth. Due his mainstream music he was able to reach the mass media with this dance. Despite the lack of knowledge on who really created it, most credit for its evolution is given to a Memphis based rap group by the name of G-style. Its said that the group took a lower evolution of the dance and incorporated gliding, funk, bboy, and other styles into it. From here this more complex version of the dance became the link between g-walking and bucking (due to its sync with the new rap craze of buck music).

The g-walk’s growth can not only be credited to the buck style raps growth. The dance’s popularity is also credited to the positive impact it has made on the community of Memphis. The dance is one of the pastimes that unite members of the community and promote safe living. Like krumping, g-walking offers youth a positive way to release energy while at the same time steering them away from violence, drugs, and gangs which flourish in the Memphis area.

Although the original gangsta walk has since faded due to the more popular styles and spin offs it still lives in Memphis and surrounding areas.

Clowning vs. Krumping

Clowning vs. Krumping

Krumping (not Krunk-ing) is often confused with Clowning, but while the two are related by form and origin (and vaguely by style), differences are visible. They share the same basic speed, and a similar movement pattern: a rapid rhythmic bobbling and jerking of the body, as well as the intermittent flex of the spine and thrust-out chest, which may be called “the krump” or a “bobble bounce”. Krumping, however, is a more sinister and aggressive dance form and is intended as an expression of anger or a release of pent-up emotion through violent, exaggerated, and dramatic moves. High variation, individuality, and movement are the foundations of the Krump or bobble bounce. It must be said that the current focal point of the dance as of 2006 and its differentiation from Clowning is becoming centralized around the elimination of sexual or erotic movement, particularly by males (such as twerking, booty popping, freaking, snaking and winding). This is currently considered the taboo when Krumping, and is called “popping cakes” (cakes being the buttocks). It may also be referred to as “poppin bakes”, the difference being due to the gang culture pervasive in California. In a Crip hood, “b” words (words beginning with, or often containing, the letter b) may not be said, or must be altered; and in a Blood hood, “c” words are similarly taboo. So cakes becomes bakes, and boulevard becomes coulevard (pronounced soulevard).

The belief that Krump dancers regularly engage in face-painting is also a misconception: this is a Clown practice, and as Clowning and Krumping have been mixed and misrepresented in their introduction to the public (through music videos of artists such as Missy Elliott), it has been misinterpreted as a regular Krumping practice. Face-painting is a matter of choice and is practiced only occasionally by a small percentage of the Krump community. The confusion may be a result of the movie Rize which documented the founders and other initial practitioners during the infancy of Krump as an art form; thus, the footage was from a time when the Krump kings were actually evolving from Clowners into the Krumpers of today. The Krumpers’ modified use of face paint served as a visual indication of this split. The style and cultural symbolism of this painting (used mostly during the early Krump movement, but now adopted by Clowners) has evolved from the circus clown image into ceremonial indigenous (ie tribal), war, or dance paint. This could signify the development of a third school of a darker or more aggressive nature within Clowning, but still remaining Clown-oriented. In Clowning, there are older Clowners who have styles similar to Krumping but still associate themselves with (and are loyal to) the Clown school of dance.

Source: Wiki Krump

The History of Krumping

The root word “Krump” came from the lyrics of a song in the 90s. It is sometimes spelled K.R.U.M.P., which is a backronym for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise, presenting krumping as a faith-based artform. Krumping was created by two dancers: Ceasare “Tight Eyez” Willis and Jo’Artis “Big Mijo” Ratti in South Central, Los Angeles, California during the early 2000s. Clowning is the less aggressive predecessor to krumping and was created in 1992 by Thomas “Tommy the Clown” Johnson in Compton, CA. In the 1990s, Johnson and his dancers, the Hip Hop Clowns, would paint their faces and perform clowning for children at birthday parties or for the general public at other functions as a form of entertainment. In contrast, krumping focuses on highly energetic battles and dramatic movements which Tommy describes as intense, fast-paced, and sharp. CBS news has compared the intensity within krumping to what rockers experience in a mosh pit. “If movement were words, krumping would be a poetry slam.” Krumping was not directly created by Tommy the Clown; however, krumping did grow out of clowning. Ceasare Willis and Jo’Artis Ratti were both originally clown dancers for Johnson but their dancing was considered too “rugged” and “raw” for clowning so they eventually broke away and developed their own style. This style is now known as krumping. Johnson eventually opened a clown dancing academy and started the Battle Zone competition at the Great Western Forum where krump crews and clown crews could come together and battle each other in front of an audience of their peers.

“Expression is a must in krump because krump is expression. You have to let people feel what you’re doing. You can’t just come and get krump and your krump has no purpose.”
Robert “Phoolish” Jones;
Krump Kings

David LaChapelle’s documentary Rize explores the clowning and krumping subculture in Los Angeles. He says of the movement: “What Nirvana was to rock-and-roll in the early ’90s is what these kids are to hip-hop. It’s the alternative to the bling-bling, tie-in-with-a-designer corporate hip-hop thing.”

LaChapelle was first introduced to krump when he was directing Christina Aguilera’s music video “Dirrty”. After deciding to make a documentary about the dance, he started by making a short film titled Krumped. He screened this short at the 2004 Aspen Shortsfest and used the positive reaction from the film to gain more funding for a longer version. This longer version became Rize which was screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and several other film festivals abroad.

Aside from Rize, krumping has appeared in several music videos including Madonna’s “Hung Up”, Missy Elliott’s “I’m Really Hot”, The Black Eyed Peas’ “Hey Mama”, and Chemical Brothers “Galvanize”. The dance has also appeared in the movie Bring It On: All or Nothing, the television series Community, and the reality dance competitions So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. Russell Ferguson, the winner of the sixth season of So You Think You Can Dance, is a krumper. The original web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers also featured krumping in season one during the fifth episode, “The Lettermakers”.

What is Krumping?

What is Krumping?

What is Krumping? K.R.U.M.P (Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise) is a dance style with Christian roots/background. It also has connections / links to other dance styles like clowning and bucking.
Krumping usually involves what looks to be physical contact between the dancers. From non participants it can sometimes even look like a fight, however the participants in Krumping understand that Krumping is just a way to release feelings like anger in a positive nonviolent way.

Styles of Krump

Various styles of Krumping include:
• Goofy: Pioneered by the krump practitioner “Goofy” himself. It is the least aggressive of the krump styles, usually funny and energetic.
• Beasty: Aggressive, beast-like and powerful. It is similar to bully but more animalistic.
• Grimy: Dirty, mistreating and “wrong”.
• Flashy: Using a lot of foot movement and quick sharp, precise and showy moves.
• Cocky: Stuck up and conceited.
• Jerky
• Bully :Aggressive and powerful
• Tricks: Using a combination of moves
• Fight: Fake fighting.
• Fast: Quick, fast and energetic movements