Do you want to learn how to Pop, but you're not sure how to start?
No worries – here is everything you need to know to start your Popping training!
Instead of spending your time watching amazing Poppers and thinking, “Damn, how did they get so good? And how do *I* get there??”... just follow this guide.
We designed a step-by-step Popping training program that works for YOU! So, you ready to get POPPIN’?
Most people can recognize moves like The Robot, but in order to learn how to Pop, it's important to understand it better.
Start the first part of your Popping training by reading What Is Popping Dance?
You'll feel much more confident learning Popping moves when you actually know what you're doing.
Focus your Popping training on specific techniques to make the most progress.
There are so many things in Popping that you can practice, that you will feel overwhelmed if you try to tackle everything at once.
For example, start by practicing Pops, or Hits. We get more in-depth here: How To Pop (or Hit)
Use that day, or week, or entire month to practice Popping at various angles with different body parts. Try moving through the pathway between Pops.
Use your Pops to initiate other body parts. POP EVERYTHING!!! Dedicating yourself to one Popping technique will help you to really understand and refine it.
Here’s an example of how to craft your Popping training schedule:
Week 1: Hits
Week 2: Arm waves
Week 3: Full body waves
Week 4: Gliding
Week 5: Isolation
Week 6: Freestyle practice
Get an easy, straightforward start to your Hitting training with Clay's 7 Days of Hits Program!
Drill your Popping techniques, then put 'em to use by freestyling! After all, you're doing these drills to build a base for your dancing.
Read these articles to get more freestyle dance tips:
You can technically do your Popping training to any music (or no music at all), but Popping was originally danced to 80’s Funk music.
Check out this classic Popping track:
And discover other artists that you like...
Here are some of our favorites:
If you want to practice for a long time without interruption, then try a mix of songs on YouTube.
There are tons that are more than an hour long!
You can always drill at home by yourself, but another great way to practice your Popping is by going to a Popping session.
A freestyle session is where a group of dancers get together – at a studio, gym, or even outside, to just… dance.
To find a session near you, look up “Popping dance” on Facebook for popping groups and events.
There are lots of Facebook groups where local dancers post events, classes, and sessions.
Another way to find a session is to Google “popping dance + your location,” which will usually yield results in crews or studios that you can stalk to find out where they practice.
If there is no Popping community in your area, then create your own! Ask your friends to meet once a week and dance together.
All you need is a speaker, an empty garage, and the willingness to learn from one another.
The culture of street dance is largely based on battles. Don’t feel pressured to enter the battle just yet.
Just attending and watching the Popping rounds will give you so much more insight on what to work in in your Popping training.
You’ll see how important technique is, how Poppers add their own unique flair in the dance, and the culture of battling as a whole.
Of course, going to a Popping battle is also a great way to meet other Poppers!
Read this before you go: What You Should Know Before Going To A Freestyle Jam
Speaking of meeting other Poppers, finding a more experienced dancer to be your Popping mentor can be massively valuable to your growth.
Ask dancers you look up to for advice, how they got started, ask them to share tips and pointers. Though it may seem like a long shot, asking never hurts.
The worst someone can say is no. The best that can happen? You gain knowledge, insight, and a mentor to guide you through your popping training.
In fact, great poppers only got to be great by learning from those who came before them. If your love and passion for popping is real, then people will want to help you.
As you make these connections, you'll begin to develop your tribe of Poppers.
Keep those relationships strong and push each other to keep growing, sharing, and training!
STEEZY Studio’s popping program with Boogie Frantick will teach and drill one essential element of Popping during each class.
You'll get in-depth instruction, drilling exercises, and insight on Popping dance's history and culture in this Popping tutorial!
The question of “How do I become a Popper?” is a mystery no more!
No more waiting. No more excuses.
Now that you have everything you need to start your Popping training.
All you need to do now... Is to start.