Hip Hop

An upbeat, vibrant and energetic class for dancers to find strength in movement and explore their creative attitude. Focusing on technique, dynamics, rhythm AND FUN!

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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.

Curriculum

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

Exams are not required for this class.

Hip Hop Productions

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.

Learning Outcomes
  • Confidence
  • Style/attitude
  • Performance skills
  • New movement vocabulary
  • Musicality and rhythm 
  • Strength and power in movement
  • Fun upbeat routines
  • Characterisation 
  • 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)
Teachers

CHERI VAN LAMMEREN
HIP HOP TEACHER

Cheri Van Lammeren completed 3 years of full time dance at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance full time course, recently graduating with a Diploma in Elite Dance and Performance. As well as teaching dance and acro, she is a fully qualified Advanced spotting and Intermediate Gymnastics Coach. Cheri has performed at White Night Melbourne and the AFL Grand Final and has a passion for teaching and choreography. She enjoys seeing improvement in her students and always nurtures them to be the best that they can be. She is thrilled to become a part of the community at Two Shoes Dance Academy in 2020.

NIINA DELL
DANCE TEACHER

Niina received a scholarship to Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance full time course and recently graduated after studying a Diploma in Musical Theatre for two years. During this time she has experienced credits such as Australia’s Got Talent, White Night Melbourne, AFL Footy Show Revue and performing at the Flemington All Star races. Niina’s excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance and the performing arts with the younger generation at Two Shoes Dance Academy. She is thrilled to become a part of the team for 2020 and cannot wait to start this journey!

AVA-LOUISE DEVINE
JUNIOR DANCE SCHOOL TEACHER

Ava-Louise Devine started dancing in regional NSW under Penny Gurner, director of NEDT at the age of 12. Discovering dance as a passion, she began training at Armidale Dance Academy in addition to her training at NEDT. Completing two Royal Academy of Dance exams a year she was able to progress to full-time training in QLD at the Ransley Ballet and Dance Centre, under former Royal Ballet member Nicole Ransley and Dutch National ballet member Joy Ransley. Whilst dancing full-time at Ransley’s and the National Theatre Ballet School under Beverly Fry, Ava had the opportunity to perform in regional and national competitions. Achieving distinction in Advanced 2 RAD and Vaganova examinations she went on to the Joffrey Academy of Dance Chicago summer intensive. Ava has performed as a part of the corps de ballet with the Gold Coast City Ballet Company dancing in many modern contemporary pieces as well as classical roles from Paquita, Concerto, Les Sylphide, Swan Lake and Viva Vivaldi. In Queensland, Ava shared her rich experience of dance inspiring young students in her Tiny Tots classes. She now studies Liberal Arts at Victorian University and is enjoying studying academically and being involved in the dance industry through teaching. Ava is excited to develop the skills and love of performing arts working with the next generation of dancers here at Two Shoes Dance Academy.