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Top 8 Famous Hip Hop Dancers ( Old School and Modern/New Style)

Nowadays dancing reality shows on television are trending and this is one of the major reasons why hip-hop is gaining more attention than before and not limited to streets and underground hip-hop clubs. Hip-hop is a collection of urban dances that includes a foundation of breaking, popping and locking.

So let’s explore the most famous true hip-hop dancers and who are the most popular new-style hip hop dancers?

Old School Dancers

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is known as the King of Pop, however, many of his dance moves find their origin in hip hop dance. He combined hip-hop dance styles with funk, soul and electric boogaloo to create a unique balance of pop, and hip-hop worthy dance. His style is admired worldwide for its unique style and fashion.

Run-DMC

For the younger generation, this name may not even popular. Run-DMC was popular in 80’s and they were the exceptional hip-hop group equipped with timeless hip-hop moves.

Aaliyah

Aaliyah was a popular hip-hop and pop singer in the 90’s. BET (Black Entertainment Television) ranked her as one of the top 25 dancers of all time. Her style was different, amazing and she utilized many hip-hop styles. Unfortunately, she died in 2001 in a plane crash. In the journey of her career, she shared the stage with creative hip-hop artists like Sean Combs and Timberland.

Paula Abdul

Needless to say, she became popular recently because of her position as a judge on American Idol, however, she has always had a cult following for her choreography skills and musical talents. In the world of hip hop dance, she as a choreographer and a hip-hop dancer organized dance routine for the famous performers like Janet Jackson and The Jackson’s.

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Even she choreographed the piano, dance scene done by Tom Hanks in the movie Big. Most people are not aware that she’s won several “Best of Dance” awards during her career. In the course piano lessons for hip-hop, she knows how to incorporate this timeless instrument into the breakbeats of hip-hop.

Modern/New Style

Ciara

Ciara is a dancer and an American singer who released her debut in the year 2004. She gains popularity for her hip-hop and pop-infused style of dance and music. Moreover, she won the Best Dance Performance at the Soul Train Music Awards in 2010 and has worked with big names like Akon, Ja Rule, and Flo Rida.

NappyTabs (Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo)

Who doesn’t know about this couple who is unstoppable and amazing? They actually met in school and started off choreographing hip-hop performances for the dance company Culture Shock. They are presently residential choreographers for – So You Think You Can Dance.

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Even they organized dance performances for Michal Jackson: The amazing World Tour by Cirque du Soleil. They’ve also worked with countless famous names like Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Madonna, and Celine Dion.

Les Twins

You must know that the Les Twins are identical brothers of French descent. Internationally, they are popular for their new style hip-hop talents. In the journey of their career, they grab several hip-hop awards, including the World of Dance in 2010. They’ve been highlighted on Good Morning America, BET, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. And have worked with many famous people like Beyoncé, Timberland, Kanye West.

Beyoncé

Almost every hip-hop fan knows Beyoncé. Basically, she doesn’t need any introduction. She is one of the most powerful female dancers, vocalists, and a strong personality of modern times. She began as a member of Destiny’s Child and after the closure of the group went on to a solo career. Her hit single “Single Ladies” made a worldwide dance craze where Beyoncé’s most popular moves became staples in many hip-hop routines.

Final Thought

So, in the world of hip hop dance, these are the famous top personalities and hip hop dancers who ruled the industry with their moves.

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5 thoughts on “Top 8 Famous Hip Hop Dancers ( Old School and Modern/New Style)”

  1. Most of these people aren’t considered dancers, let alone HipHop dancers, or even considered as HipHop artists. What kind of f’ing garbage is this? lol While Run-DMC are HipHop legends they have never been “HipHop dancers”. Seriously, man, wow.

    1. While I won’t say that these listed people are not dancers, the only ones on the list who I can honestly say are or would I would consider to be part of the “Hip Hop Dance” community, are Nappy Tabs, whom I know personally from when I worked with the creators/choreographers of the TV show “So You Think you can Dance” and the others being “Les Twins” whom the OG Hip Hop freestyle dance legend and co-founding member of legendary Elite Force Dance Collective, personally co-signed the dancing twins Larry and Laurent and Les Twins are definitely worthy of carrying on the Hip Hop freestyle dance tradition!!!

      Ciara while it’s true she is and got her start as a cheerleader/dancer, isn’t what those of us that are true school dancers(we know how to do more than just hip hop dancing), myself included, would consider her(Ciara) as a hip hop dancer, though she incorporated elements of hip hop dancing in her dancing!!!

      The Late Michael Jackson learned from James Brown, whom all of us, both old and new, and true school b-boys learned from as well as the late MJ learned from Poppin Taco(Breakin 2), Slim the Robot (Lockers) Boogaloo Shrimp (Turbo from Breakin 1 and 2) and OG Soul Train Alumni Jeffrey Daniels!!!

      The only females that should be on the old school list that isn’t is Jennifer Lopez and Big Lez aka Leslie Sieger, who got their start as a hip hop dancers and one of the original “Fly Girls” from the show “In Living Color” on the new school list should definitely be Chris Brown who learned from some of the best in Hip Hop freestyle dance!!! Everyone else besides the aforementioned, doesn’t need to be on the list at all!!!!

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