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A style of dance combining convulsive arm movements with energetic movements adapted from various urban dance forms. Also called clowning.
[Coined by the dancers who developed the style in south central Los Angeles in the 1990s.]
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(Dancing) a type of dancing in which participants, often wearing face paint, dance with one another in a fast and aggressive style mimicking a fight but without any physical contact
[C21: origin unknown]
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