Hip Hop

Ages and Levels:

Hip Hop (Ages 13-18) – An energetic, upbeat, street style of dance that is heavily influenced by music and culture. This popular style of dance is typically seen in music videos.

Classes:

Our hip hop classes meet once each week for 30 minutes.

Mondays 4:00-4:30 Ages 6-8 Hip H0p I

Mondays 4:30-5:00 Ages 8-9 Hip Hop I

Wednesdays 6:30-7:00 Ages 6-8 Hip Hop II

Wednesdays 7:00-7:30 Ages 9-12 Hip Hop II

Shoes:

Our Hip Hop classes wear either black, slip on jazz boots or black jazz sneakers. The shoe style used is determined by the class instructor.

History:

Hip hop is a dance style, usually danced to hip hop music, that evolved from the hip hop culture. The first dance associated with hip hop was breakdancing. While breakdancing consists primarily of moves executed close to the ground, the majority of hip hop moves are done standing up.

Hip Hop Culture:
Hip hop developed from several cultures, including jazz, rock, tap and American and Latino cultures. Hip hop is a very energetic form of dancing. It is unique in that it allows its dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities.  The hip hop culture is influenced by the following four elements:

  • Disc jockeys
  • Graffiti (art)
  • MCs (rappers)
  • B-boys and B-girls (breaker boys and girls)

Hip Hop Dance Steps:
Hip hop dance steps require skill and experience to perfect. Hip hop dancers practice a lot in order to master basic steps and movements that appear simple when performed. Dancers with a good sense of rhythm find it easier to learn hip hop steps.

Breakdancing:
Breakdancing is a form of hip hop that many people enjoy watching, with it’s cool moves and quick spins. Breakdancing moves take a lot of time and practice to master, particularly the ones performed near the ground, called “downrock” moves. “Uprock” moves, which are performed standing up, give breakdancers a chance to incorporate their own styles.

 

 
 
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