Harlem-based Popper Martina "Android" Heimann says after moving from Germany to New York City, she felt creatively inspired.
"What I love in New York, is that you can find art on the street. that's the reason why I really came here... I come from East Germany... I didn't have any freestyle around me," Heimann explains in a video interview for "The New Yorker." "There was no b-boy on the street, or like somebody playing the guitar. When you're here, you [get art] for free. It's inspiring."
"The New Yorker" explains that the pop and lock, a dance move, is actually a compilation of two different types of dancing: the lock and the pop.
On the one hand, a "lock" occurs when a dancer in motion freezes unexpectedly, holds that pose, and then continues on, whereas a "pop" happens when the dancer "rapidly contracts and releases the muscles of her neck, her arms, her legs, or her core," Sky Dylan-Robbins writes for the publication.
Cue Heimann, trained in ballet and modern dance, who is also a popper.
In her recent performance for The New Yorker, Heimann shows off her moves, as the Roosevelt Island Tram glides over a NYC sunrise.
Together, her moves and the atmosphere make for an aesthetically pleasing performance you'll want to watch over and over again:
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