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Hip-Hop Dance Formations and the Jazz Continuum

The jazz continuum resides in the African American hip-hop experience base; it is the collective consciousness of a community’s members reaching out to one another. Its ideological practices are deeply rooted in the sociocultural fabric of African concepts of communication found in songs, linguistic retentions, and reinventions in dance and musical structures of American ragtime, jazz, blues, rock and roll, funk, and soul, which all culminated in hip-hop culture.

The Elements of Hip-Hop

Born in the concrete jungle of New York City’s Bronx neighborhoods and shaped by sociocultural and sociopolitical circumstances, the youthful energy of hip-hop emerged out of economic struggles and environmental turmoil to give voice to restless and tumultuous inner-city youth.

Hip-hop embodies four basic elements: emceeing (rapping), deejaying, writing, and ...

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