Turf Dancing has its earliest origins in the Oakland Boogaloo movement of California in the 1960s, developing into a separate genre of dance in during the 1990s, and along with hyphy music came to be seen as distinctively representative of Oakland.Turf Dancing was first displayed on videos from artists such as Baby Bash, Keak Da Sneak, and E-40 by innovative and influential turf dancers (and creators of the turfing Lifestyle) Jeriel Bey.The movement rose to prominence in 2002 following Jeriel Bey’s establishment of his group, The Architeckz, and Oakland’s first nationally known group, “The Architeckz” Then the Animaniakz came then after.


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Whitney, Spencer. “Turf Dancing Group Trains Youth.” Oakland Local. Oakland Local, 25 Oct. 2013. Web. 6 Apr. 2015. <http://oaklandlocal.com/2013/10/turf-dancing-group-trains-youth-and-makes-videos/>.

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