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Dance Style Popping

Updated on July 6, 2011

I've been popping for 3 years now and it certainly is the most fun and impressive dance style.I'm pretty good at this style,telling from the comments i receive from my friends when i dance.In this lens i will teach you how to pop.

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The Music

Dancing to music is,well...the first step to dancing!

A good song to pop to would be a song with

Alot of popping sounds (ex:snares)

Wavy drops and

Electronic sounds.

The PERFECT genre for popping to would be DUBSTEP!

Now,take time to listen to the song and rely on the sounds to make you dance.

Dubstep Song

The genre of Dubstep is really unique and is yet to come mainstream.

Dance Moves

Now you're probably wondering,how am i suppose to pop if i don't know any popping moves?

Don't worry,i got your back.


The Chest Pop

This move is easy with practice.The way to chest pop is to inhale with your chest quickly.That way it'll seem like you're popping your chest,therefore The Chest Pop.

To help make a bigger pop,slightly arch your back forward.

To make it even more cooler,place your hand on your chest and move it as your chest pops.

Felix Ryan on
Felix Ryan on

The Arm Wave

This dance move consists of making an impression that there is a sort of "energy",moving from arm to arm .This one is pretty hard to learn at first but when you get it it's easy.This one's pretty hard to explain.Try imagining a string waving and try to copy it.Or better yet,try moving each bone of your arm one by one.Starting from one hand going to the other hand.

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TheRussianTiger from

Head Isolation

This move is pretty easy and cool to do.First,ONLY move your neck to the left/right/up/down.Then move your shoulders according to where you put your head.So it's like you're moving your neck/head and shoulders by taking turns for each body part.The way to making this work is to always keep your head straight,don't place it crookedly.

So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance


Doing the Tick takes time to get used to.For the Ticks you have to pretend like you're getting paused and started.

So,basically you have keep on flexing and unflexing the muscles you're going to move.Move just like a clock.Stop,go,stop,go,stop,go...

But don't do like each tick turns you on and off.You have to continuously move.

Click on the picture and go to 0:34 for an example

Madd Chadd
Madd Chadd

The Famous Robot

To do the robot you have to be able to stay perfectly still.Remember that robots can do stuff that an average human can't.A robot's movement isn't fluent.Try moving one body part at a time and remember to stay perfectly still.The best way to learn how to do the robot is to buy a toy robot and copying its movement.

Slow Motion Bullet
Slow Motion Bullet

Slow motion

Easiest move.Just move slowly and in a random time,do one fast movement.A variable to this move is to add the Ticking to it.A specific action to "slow motioning" is to walk.


Try to imagine the dance moves.Popping is all about realistic illusions and imagination.

Be creative!Invent your own moves.

Start listening to Dubstep.

Watch alot of popping videos and watch how the dancers move.


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    • Jogljoe profile image

      Jogljoe 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Different places call moves different names.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey can you tell me about shadow box,boogaloo and toy man.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      #6 is called strobing...

      If you've been really popping for three years, you should definitely know that

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      Jogljoe 6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Hehe,You're Welcome :)

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This whole dance style completely passed me by. Guess that happens sometimes to retirees. Thanks for filling me in on this.