Do you like Hip-Hop dancing? I love it, but, I tend to love every style of dance…even Square Dancing. Yes.
Speaking of….our Miss Sharna is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada judging the USA Hip-Hop Dance Championships. The Las Vegas Sun interviewed her to get her thoughts about it and why she thinks this style of dance is so popular and how it and the dancers are inspiring to her. Being open to new things is an important part of growing and you can tell in her dancing on Dancing With The Stars. Do you agree?? Here is more….
Why do you think hip-hop dance is so popular worldwide?
I think it’s relative to two things. The evolution of hip-hop dance styles and their popularity runs parallel with the evolution of hip-hop music and its growing culture. It’s been around since the late ’70s, early ’80s, but it wasn’t until the 2000s when hip-hop culture began spreading worldwide.
And, as a result, the music and dance styles were no longer an underground thing. The world knew about them and the world fell in love with them.
The other thing that’s had a huge impact on hip-hop styles spreading internationally is social media. Hip-hop is American born, but the likes of YouTube has made it possible for kids in Asia, Europe and Australia to watch any style, to watch and learn from the greatest dance innovators of today.
It’s become accessible for anyone to watch and be inspired.
Why do you take time out of your busy schedule to judge the championship?
My first year with Hip-Hop International was last year, and I fell in love with everything I witnessed. I was truly inspired by these dancers, and not just because of their skill level and creative innovation.
All the crews had a camaraderie with the utmost respect for one another. They were united by an incredible love and dedication to their craft.
They lived and breathed hip-hop, and many had overcome life struggles and difficulties to be the dancer they are. It is a room full of true artists. That is something very special — and something not to be missed.
Lots more at the Las Vegas Sun including some pictures and videos! ADDING: You can also view some video and pictures of Sharna with Hip Op-erational – the world’s oldest hip hop dance crew, from New Zealand at this link.
Also, if you haven’t read our recent interview with Sharna, you can so at this link. Go Sharna!!