Popping

Popping, a R&B/hip hop based dance style from the 70’s has become popular of late in Japan, and whereas I’m not generally a huge R&B or dance fan some of this stuff is neat to watch.

One of the biggest things in the media over here was an 11 year old girl, whose father is a dancer known as “Strong Machine”, hence the girl’s name of “Strong Machine #2”. She was used for a video (below) from the Japanese newave/synthpop group the Polysics and one a major dance competition in the U.S. and was then promptly featured on every Japanese tv show ever, or that’s what it seemed like anyway.

I’ll post a couple of the videos and I am not even gonna bother with YouTube because they’ll just get pulled anyway considering they are a “promotion” video (which apparently isn’t allowed to be used to actually promote the music…) and some (gasp) clips from (the ever forbidden) Japanese tv.

Here’s some videos:
The Polysics video featuring Strong Machine #2
Strong Machine #2’s contest-winning performance on a Japanese tv show
A neat video of the popping group Umin. Watch the video to the end to see the sped-up/slowmotion stuff they do (with their bodies that is, not camera tricks)

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You can find more videos of Strong Machine #2 here and of Umin here.

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