WHAT IS HIP HOP DANCE?
Hip hop dance is an umbrella term which covers a variety of urban and street-dance styles, primarily performed to hip hop music. Styles include (but are not limited to) breaking, locking and popping.
New style hip hop dance is fluid and strong, and often works into the floor. While there are certain styles and signature movements therein, much of hip hop dance is unique to the choreographer and his or her stylistic influences.
Hip hop dance is often performed freestyle (improvisational) and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions, or ‘battles’. Hip-hop dance can be a form of entertainment or a hobby. It can also be a lifestyle: it is a fantastic way to be active, and stay physically fit.
HIP HOP KJ Studios
All of our hip hop dance classes have an open class format, and there are no examinations. We believe that introducing examination work goes against what hip hop should be–a personal, expressive and fun dance form.
In our open classes, students are taught freshly choreographed hip hop sets. Sometimes we work with a different piece of music each class, and sometimes we extend our sets into full-length dances over a term.
Our main aim in hip hop class is enjoyment–we want to make hip hop accessible for everyone, whether they have danced before or not. The sets we do are often challenging, but taught within a supportive and easy environment.
We have four hip hop levels:
Beebop/Boys Beats (as a part of our creative kids programme) (ages 5-7)
Junior (ages 8 – 10)
Intermediate (ages 10 – 13)
Advanced (ages 14+)