Teacher: Miss Niina
A little bit more about Hip Hop…
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking and popping and was created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States. The kind of hip-hop dance seen in rap, R&B, and pop music videos and concerts urban choreography and is known as new style. What distinguishes hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (or improvisational) in nature.
Hip hop class structure commences with a warm up consisting of cardio work out and dynamic stretching, followed by body isolations. Strength conditioning is a core element of this class, helping students to be grounded and sharp when executing dynamic movements, also some elements of breakdance and acrobatics are used in choreography, therefore building strength is an essential. New choreography is taught regularly in class (generally on a fortnightly basis), this class also incorporates some elements of improvisation.
Leading up to productions there will be a large focus of class time on choreography and performance preparation. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain confidence, musicality and to exhibit their newly acquired skills.
Exams are not required for this class.
We offer our students regular stage and performance opportunities with two productions. They have a mid year showcase and an end year annual concert. It is always a joyous occasion for a dancer to perform for their family and friends.
- Performance skills
- New movement vocabulary
- Musicality and rhythm
- Strength and power in movement
- Fun upbeat routines
- Fine motor control through executing isolations
- Team work
- Memory skills in picking up fast paced choreography
- Improvisation skills (this is a fantastic tool for dancers as it allows them to express their creativity and increase confidence)