Jam Dance Styles of Electronic Music

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


What are the different types of electronic music? This question can be difficult to answer, as there are so many different sub-genres and styles of electronic music out there. However, in this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most popular jam dance styles of electronic music.


Funk is a style of dance that is often seen in electronic music. This style emphasizes the movement of the hips and lower body, and often includes elements of hip hop, techno, and house music.


There are four main types of hip-hop dance: breaking, locking, popping, and krumping.

Breaking, also called “B-boying” or “breakdancing”, is the original style of hip-hop dance. It is characterized by its use of intricate footwork and acrobatic moves. B-boys and b-girls (breakdancers) often perform in teams called crews and battle each other in dance competitions called “jams”.

Locking is a style of hip-hop dance that developed in the early 1970s. It is characterized by sudden freezes (“locks”) in unusual positions, followed by quick release back into motion. Popping is a related style that involves rapid contraction and release of muscle groups to create sharp “pops” or movement accents.

Krumping is a more recent style that developed in the early 2000s. It is aggressive and athletic, often involving chest bumps, body waves, and fast arm movement.


House is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the 1980s. It was initially inspired by a combination of disco, soul, and funk music. House music is characterized by a 4/4 time signature, a steady beat, and synthesizer-based melodies and chords. The style often features extended or looped basslines, synth pads, and drum machine-based percussion.


Techno is a form of electronic dance music that developed in Detroit, Michigan in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s. The first recorded use of the word techno in reference to a specific genre of music was in 1988. Many styles of techno now exist, but Detroit techno is seen as the foundation upon which a number of subgenres have been built.

The earliest producers (known as the Belleville Three) Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson were influenced by electro and previous Detroit-area genres such as funk and soul music. They created music with synthesizers and drum machines, sometimes using samples from these older genres; they are credited with helping to establish techno’s identification as an isolated genre distinct from other forms of dance music.

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