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Definition of a battle!!! (karma: 4)
By Invent
On Sun May 22, 2005 07:14 PM
Made sticky by MIClogger (28613) on 2005-05-22 19:58:24

It is abundantly clear that the definition of a battle is needed.

A battle (in hip-hop)- is when two (or it can be more) opponents, either MC's, DJs or dancers, go against one another to determine who is the best (or better of the two).

Battles can happen spontaneously in a cypher, they can be planned, or they can occur for an event (a tournement style event).

ESPECIALLY in dance, there are rules to battling like, no touching, no biting (copying moves), and there shouldnt be routines (unless otherwise specified).

The topic of fantasy battles (like celebrity vs. celebrity) should never really be discussed only because no one really knows what the two can bring to the table (and the fact that most of their dancing is choreographed, you can only really decide on who is the better of the two at following choreography). In theend it is pointless and mere opinion on who would win.

One last note- particularly in dance battles... when it's supposed to be a popping battle, you should be POPPING... no bboying, no party dancing...etc... It goes the same for any other type of battle... mixing of styles should not take place.

Any one else feel free to add any comments.

43 Replies to Definition of a battle!!!

re: Definition of a battle!!! (karma: 1)
By In2wishin
On Mon May 23, 2005 09:17 AM
Props Invent.
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By bgurl_chelle
On Fri May 27, 2005 07:44 PM
thanks for the information Invent

i would have humiliated myself if i didn't read this post. i'm going to a popping battle and i was going to do some hip-hop/bboy moves, thanks alot
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By dancintoyou
On Sat May 28, 2005 06:55 PM
Removed by MIClogger (28613) on 2005-06-09 23:10:35 netspeak
Seriously?!!I have a poppin battle i did not know dat!!!!
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By Lady_PinkZ
On Wed Jun 01, 2005 12:08 PM
well said...
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By DiTzIeDaNcEr132
On Fri Jun 03, 2005 03:06 PM
Cool invent.. i never knew that was the defeniton.. thanks for clearing that up for me
By keane141
On Sat Jun 04, 2005 09:19 PM
Thanks a bunch invent i'll try to keep that in mind. =]
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By jimmy1200
On Mon Jun 06, 2005 09:48 AM
common sense, but copying a move is not whack. it can be done to make fun of an opponent, but only in a joking kinda matter. not actually copying it and then using it as if you were supposed to get props for it, and a street battle is a street battle, there are no rules on style, but there still is a code of conduct. if your in the club or outside, any style goes obviously, but yeah, dont go to a bboy battle and start housin.
re: Definition of a battle!!!
By Invent
On Mon Jun 06, 2005 09:58 AM
I've personally seen some housers that can hang with bboys... and even beat them.

As for the biting... I'm not talking about imitating and mocking a move your opponent just did... I'm talking about biting other people's moves (particularly signiature moves...).

Something like the Wiggles Walk, or something that Bionic Man does (he has many signiature moves)... or the Re-run (it is a specific move that Fred Berry AKA Mr. Penguin AKA Re-Run (on the tv show "What's Happenin'") it was a move he did WHILE locking, but it wasn't the style OF locking, as most mistake the Re-run with locking).

re: Definition of a battle!!!
By DancerDezeemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon Jun 06, 2005 09:29 PM
this post was a big help it was very informative thanks!
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By HipHopzQueenBee
On Tue Jun 14, 2005 03:21 PM
Thank you for that definition! I thought I understood until now! Thanks!
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By discoadele
On Sat Jun 18, 2005 07:37 AM
this is different from scotland we do not do anything like this lol .
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By beat09
On Sun Jun 19, 2005 11:40 AM
I agree all the way battles are usually 1-2 ppl dancing aganist each other.. i do it all tha time...

battle music
By bendingthulife
On Wed Jun 22, 2005 04:12 AM
hey I was wondering for a battle what music would you recomend? email me at If you could give me a few suggestiong, that would be great! My friend and I are looking for a song that hopfully starts out slow that we can take into a battle! thanks!
Hell Yea
By BJolly
On Wed Jul 06, 2005 05:51 PM
You couldnt say it better!!!
By LiLRico3
On Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:08 PM
Thats very true invent indeed do u beleive in dancing in a routine dance?
re: Definition of a battle!!!
By moosha
On Wed Jul 13, 2005 12:22 PM
ive been in many battles and i can honestly say ive lost 3 but it was cool because it wasnt like we were winnin a trophy
re: Definition of a battle!!!
By Invent
On Wed Jul 13, 2005 05:29 PM
let the DJ pick the song!!! You shouldn't go into a battle with a certain song you want someone to play for you...

I hate routines. LOL. That's just me. If it's a battle, you shouldn't be using routines. Why? In a battle you are supposed to show how well you can DANCE. Doing something choreographed is not actually dancing.
re: Definition of a battle!!!
By laris
On Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:24 AM
thanks for the info.
question:hip-hop and popping; what's the difference?
Thanks again.
Definition of a battle!!!
On Thu Aug 04, 2005 01:06 PM
re: Definition of a battle!!!
By LiLRico3
On Fri Aug 05, 2005 07:05 PM
invent- i gotcha thats ur style thats tight we all have our own to me it doesnt really matter but yes u should just dance by ur self
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By iH0p
On Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:56 PM
to me dancing is dancing is dancing... if small sets of routines are your style then go for it. but the challenge is dancing to the music that's all. so if you got a routine you'd better hope it fits the music perfectly.
Dancing is dancing is dancing
By brikini21
On Fri Aug 12, 2005 03:47 PM
"In a battle you are supposed to show how well you can DANCE. Doing something choreographed is not actually dancing." this statement above your own personal opinion? Or do you really believe this is a fact?
It's not a crime...or is it?
By brikini21
On Fri Aug 12, 2005 03:51 PM
Edited by brikini21 (133987) on 2005-08-12 15:52:56 improper grammar....needed question mark...hee hee

"to me dancing is dancing is dancing..."

ya, iHOP I agree with you...if it is your style to do bits of stuff you've already prepared...power to ya...but it still better be good.

This topic here reminds me of the justice system and how crimes are often judged on whether or not they are "premeditated". Can we judge battles based on this criteria as well? Is it a worse judgement if your moves are determined to be premeditated?

re: Definition of a battle!!!
By midnight22
On Sat Aug 27, 2005 04:23 PM
Edited by midnight22 (139693) on 2005-08-27 16:25:08 needed to add more the comment
What makes you an authority or expert for that matter? I mean I have seen you dance and you certainly don't dance like an expert on anything.
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