Taking Up Room on the Floor

Turf Dancing is a Bay Area Dance style known for its acronym Taking Up Room On The Floor, because the terms “having fun with it” or “hitting it” (as it was originally known) didn’t seem marketable.The term is credited to dancer Jeriel Bey, who created it as an acronym for Taking Up Room on the Floor. It originated in the streets of West Oakland California and later on spread throughout the surrounding cities of the Bay Area. Turf Dancing has its earliest origins in the Oakland Boogaloo movement of California in the 1960s developing into a separate genre of dance in the 1990s.  The style consists of Story Telling, Tutting Your own personal swagger, footwork, and Bone breaking (Contortionism).

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