A lot of the moves seen in original hip-hop dance correlates to political tensions happening at that time. Another dance move that Raphael Xavier taught students was the wrist roll, which was a dance move that was influenced by the political Black Power Movement symbol of the fist. The wrist roll was shown to be putting the hand in a fist near the head, rolling the wrist and meeting the other hand for a clap.
Raphael Xavier discussed how the Civil Rights Movement and hip-hop is related “Music from that time period [1970’s], had bands with just Black musicians and when Puerto Rican musicians became involved in the development of this hip-hop music, it changed the rhythms to be more percussive, which then brought a broad range of audience and cultures. This music broke cultural barriers. The music triggered hip-hop dancing, something about it made you move. With what was going on politically in that time period, like racial tension, the dance reflected that because the people were a part of that.