Enter the Earth–Footwork style – a lower body dance style that is not specific but in reference to the world of footwork and ground-work dancing. Footwork in popping is commonly very basic, ranging from simple stepping patterns, marches, slides, to advanced moves such as balancing, spins, moving along the ground on knee, or lying completely on the ground. A common popular footwork style in popping is called Gliding – an illusionary trick of the ball and heel of the feet to make it seem like one is sliding on ice. Footwork in popping is fundamental to the dance, for without it the popper would be a static dancer. Footwork is very diverse and can range from super simple to complex movements. Footwork is very grounded, stable, shifting, centering, and balanced – all markers of the Earth element.
One of the best places we can start training when it comes to footwork is learning how to control the Heel and the Toe. Especially within the Popping dance styles, the Heal and Toe are used a lot in a variety of ways. These techniques and drills have been passed down to me from Tabo, a master teacher within Popping Culture that has trained some of the worlds best dancers. These drills in this tutorial will give you the proper foundation to start having better body control in your feet, while setting you up for excellence in more advanced styles such as Gliding, Sliding, Floating, and many other variations.
An educational course on footwork cannot be succesful without the teaching of The Glide and the Slide. These footwork movements are some of the most popular and well-recognized within these footwork styles. Made most popular by Michael Jackson who coined the move "The MoonWalk", these movements are actually much older and contain much more complexity and variations even beyond the popular move.
Rather than making dozens of tutorials teaching you a variety of simple footwork moves, I decided to create a choreography that contains many of the most popular footwork elements within this Dance. In this tutorial we start with the basic walk-out move which you may or may not have learned from the Fire-Popping styles, then we branch out into new and unexplored footwork territory. These movements will give you a basic groundwork (no pun intended) to get you started on your mastery of the footwork styles.