Street dance, also called vernacular dance is an umbrella term, used to describe dance styles that evolved outside of dance studios in everyday spaces such as streets, school yards and nightclubs. They are often improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and the other dancers. Some examples include house dance that originated in Chicago and tecktonik which originated in France.
Street dance is also commonly used to identify the many hip-hop and funk dance styles that began appearing in the United States in the 1970s and are still alive and evolving within hip-hop culture today. These styles include breaking, popping, locking.
All of these dances are popular as a form of physical exercise, an art form, and for competition. They are today practiced both at dance studios and other spaces. Some schools use street dance as a form of physical education.