Hip hop, and it’s associated culture, are very important to young people. And we want social dance. We want to get people to talk about them, to connect with them in a social sense, and to engage in that dance.
I see your point; however, I do think the idea of social dance in this context as being “hip hop” is still being used in a way that seems very negative to me. There is a kind of negative dichotomy going on where young people are being told to become “hipster” when in fact they are simply being asked to become social. It feels like the people who are perpetuating this “hipster” discourse are just being very lazy and are trying to make hip hop seem less positive by throwing around the word “hipster”.
I have no problem if you don’t want to call yourself a hipster but if you’re looking at the cultural aspect of the world through the lens of being a social dancer as being a positive thing then it’s interesting to me.
In terms of the idea of social dance you’re saying that dance is connected to culture, and we’re connected to each other through culture, the dance, but not necessarily that dance has the power to connect us.
The thing about dance is that there is a very specific and specific context in which dance is very powerful. In terms of music, in terms of performances, in terms of dance, in terms of cultural elements that can be used as a basis for discussion. A lot of the music of hip hop, like “Jive Talk”, and “Pump It Up”, those two types of music, is a culture, it’s a culture that is embedded with dance.
The music is very very powerful in terms of its cultural aspects. I’m not saying they’re not important. I mean, I love rap music. But “Pump It Up” and “Jive Talk” are music that has that cultural importance.
I think hip hop has made so many mistakes, for the last 20+ years that I don’t think it ever got to a point where it was more about dance or more about music than it was about music and performance. It was never able to take that kind of cultural significance as a cultural product. You saw what happens when you try to make an album about, “Where are we from, the music, dance and politics”. When you try to make an album about dance, you’re really going to have a problem.