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Poppin (also written popping) is basically a dance of illusions. Although poppin is considered a single dance, it consists of multiple dances (also called styles). Some common poppin styles include: waving, hitting, strobing, ticking, cobra, boogaloo, animation, floating, robot, puppet, & dimestopping. Unlike breakers, poppers remain on their feet most of the time.
Poppin has been described by some as the most difficult dance to learn. The isolations, robot, puppet, dimestopping, & some of the floats were taken from mime. Illusionary moves that some poppers do, such as the imaginary rope or the wall, are also derived from mime. Poppers are basically dancing magicians. Some of the best ones are amazing to watch.