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Hip-Hop Lessons at Radiance Dance Studio

Hip-hop is such a new dance form that its beginnings can easily be attributed to a very specific time (1970s) and place (The Bronx, New York.) Although hip-hop dance is a new dance style, its influence and importance are wide-reaching. Hip-hip dance moves have been adopted into variety of other dance styles, including ballet, lyric dancing, and jazz dance. Hip-hop dance is featured in movies and commercials. Hip-Hop dance teams march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Radiance Dance Studio in New Castle County, Northern Delaware, offers hip-hop dance classes for casual and serious dance students. Many dance students want to learn hip-hip dance for fun and personal enjoyments. Serious dancers take hip-hop dance classes to increase their understanding of movement, and to increase their versatility as a dancer.

The History of Hip-Hop Dance

Hip-hop dance evolving out of an earlier form of street dancing referred to as funk. Hip-hop moves were developed in mostly in poor neighborhoods and were sometimes associated with gang membership. Because of this affiliation, the hip-hop music and dance quickly gained a following in Los Angeles as well.

Hip-hop dance experienced a real jump in popularity in the 1990s, due in part to the rise of music videos, and the incorporation of hip-hop dance into more mainstream venues, including the 90s comedy show, In Living Color. The show featured an influential hip-hop dance troupe, The Fly Girls, which included then the unknown dancers, Jennifer Lopez and Carrie Ann Inuba.

The opportunity to learn hip-hop dance spread slowly via hip choreographers and music industry professionals. But with the introduction of web videos featuring hip-hop dance, choreographers and dancers now had unlimited access to hip-hop dance techniques, and as a result, hip-hip dance expanded quickly, and is now considered a foundational dance class division in many dance studios.

What Do Hip-Hop Dance Classes Teach?

Hip-Hop dance classes have their own set of dance and choreography terms. Like all highly stylized dance forms, hip-hop dancing requires dancers to teach their bodies to move and bend in new ways, strengthening new sets of muscles, and developing new kinds of coordination.

At hip-hop dance classes at Radiance Dance Studio in New Castle County, our trained dance instructors will teach variations on popping, locking, breaking, boogaloo, and social dances. In a hip-hop dance class, popping is broken down into the act of quickly contracting and relaxing your muscles, causing a jerk in your body. In hip-hop dance, some popping moves include puppeting, waving, the creep, robotting, strutting, strobing, and more.

Locking occurs when dancers perform a series of quick movement, creating the impression of “locking” into another position. In hip-hop dance classes, dance students may learn locking moves such as points, wrist roll, Scooby Doo, stop and go, Skeeter Rabbit, and more.

In hip-hop dance classes, dance students will learn about to break dance while standing, close to the floor, in frozen poses, and, in advanced hip-hop dance classes, power moves or acrobatics may be incorporated. Hip-hop dancers also refer to breaking as b-boying or b-girling.

Hip-hop dance instructors will also teach boogaloo, a loose, almost boneless dance move that requires highly stylized rolling and movement of the head, hips, legs, and knees.
Finally, most hip-hop dance classes will cover some of the more popular social hip-hop dances that began showing up in dance clubs in the 90s, including the Roger Rabbit, the Cabbage Patch, and the Running Man.

 

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Our Hip-Hop dancing classes are open to students of any age, 4 and up.

If want to find hip-hop dance classes or lessons in New Castle County or Northern Delaware, Radiance Dance Studio offers a variety of hip-hop dance classes as well as hip-hop dance instruction for beginning and advanced students. Call us at 302-239-5060 or register online to begin dancing radiantly!