Street dance: from community to the stage

A diverse style propelled by the power of community and collaborations, here are three street dancers expanding its reach.

Springing from the streets and neighbourhoods of New York City in the 1970s, street dance is a medium for expression, not one confined to a studio or stage.

Echoing its diversity, the uniting energy and community of street dance is where its essence lies.

An artform that is constantly evolving, street dancers are increasingly collaborating with other genres and extending their reach so more can get a sense of the genre’s expressive power.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.