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Sat 18.11.2023 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Popping, an exhilarating dance style, has its roots in the vibrant 1960s of California. During the heyday of funk music, the Oakland Boogaloo dance style emerged in African American neighborhoods, laying the foundation for today's Popping. Even in its early phases, this style combined fluid and mechanical movements, extremely isolated, that paved the way for modern Popping. In a time when information was primarily exchanged in person, various variations and derivations of this dance arose, including Strutting, Electric Boogaloo, Popping, and others.
The breakthrough into popular culture occurred in the 1970s when Popping gained recognition through TV shows like "Soul Train." From that moment, the dance style spread across the United States and won enthusiasts like the legendary Michael Jackson. Popping artists traveled the world as background dancers and choreographers to disseminate the culture and the dance.
Despite its long history, Popping has remained eternally youthful and has established itself as a global phenomenon. It has significantly influenced hip-hop culture and, despite numerous changes and trends, maintains its roots, which are based on fluid and isolated, muscle-contracting movements.
At the age of 16, Artur Grabowski, better known as "Artx," stepped onto the dance stage, marking the starting point of his impressive dance career. He took his first steps in dance under the guidance of Christian Zacharas, known as "Robozee," who is recognized as one of the most influential Popping dancers in Europe. Artx's thirst for knowledge knew no bounds, and he continued to acquire his skills from the greats and pioneers of the scene. This tireless learning process quickly paid off as he emerged victorious in championships and competitions.
However, his talents were not limited to the competitive arena. His passionate performances took him to stages all across Europe, from intimate private events to impressive theatrical productions. Since 2016, Artur Grabowski has also placed a stronger emphasis on sharing and imparting his knowledge through teaching. As an instructor, he has already inspired numerous dance enthusiasts and passed on his extensive expertise, further enhancing his impressive journey in the world of dance.