What is it?
To describe lyrical hip hop perhaps it is best to go back a little further and understand what lyrical dance is. Lyrical dance is a style of dance that incorporates elements of various style from jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary without being any of them. Perhaps the key to understanding lyrical dance is emotional connection. The dancers try to tell the story of a song by using gestures, facial expressions and any other means as well as movement. In lyrical as they are trying to tell a story it is normal to ride through the beat kind of flowing through moves.
Now back to hip-hop. Hip-hop is usually danced in relation to the beat with moves hitting the beats for effect. It is primarily about feeling the beat. So lyrical hip hop dance is a mix between the two. It is the mix of telling the story of the song and a dancer’s emotions while using hip-hop movements and lyrical style to be as expressive and connected to the emotion of the music as possible.
This style of dance will help a dancer to connect with their misc and portray a story through their moves, developing them as a dancer and advancing them further in the dance world.