"Hip-hop dance" is a catchall term for street-dancing styles that trace their first moves to parties and clubs in the 1940s. Hip hop is a fun, loose style of dance that's full of energy and rhythm. Dancing hip hop is a perfect way to blow off steam after a day at school. Hip-hop dance is also a great way to build leg strength, abdominal muscles, and balance.
Hip-hop dance lessons make your life happier in three other key ways. Read on to find out how.
Hip-Hop Dancers Wear the Coolest Shoes
Shoes are almost the whole game in hip-hop workouts, so those shoes have a great deal expected of them. They must be lightweight and flexible yet cushioned enough to protect the feet when you are spinning and stepping down hard.
Your shoes need to be extremely durable and have adequate arch support. They need great traction, but they shouldn't have black soles that mark up finished dance-studio floors. Many dancers choose a specific style of shoe called a dance sneaker. This footwear has a split sole that gives the dancer's foot the ability to stand on toes, turn, and pivot more easily.
No matter which hip-hop dance shoes you choose-at your dance teacher's discretion, of course-they will certainly be stylish and attractive. You'll be tempted to show your shoes off outside of class too.
Hip-Hop Class Is a Great Introduction to Dance
Some styles of dance are very formal, and they require tiny, precise movements that take a great deal of practice to master. Hip-hop dance has its share of expert-level moves and complicated choreography, but the beginning moves are easy for most people to learn quickly.
When you're able to grasp dance moves in short order, you enjoy class and feel more engaged. Beginning hip-hop lessons let you step right into the action and start having fun. Remember to listen to your teacher's advice, concentrate on your moves, and work on memorizing the routines. Soon you'll feel like you've been dancing all of your life.
Hip-hop dance takes many of its terms from ballet and other dance forms, so you get an introduction to formal words and concepts you may encounter in other styles of dance as you expand your skills.
For example, many hip-hop moves are performed in plié, or with the knees slightly bent, while other moves are performed in relevé, which means up on the toes. Your dance teacher will use these French terms until their meanings become second nature to you.
Everything's Better When You Have the Right Moves
No matter how young or old you are, learning a few awesome hip-hop moves will carry you far in your social sphere. You probably won't ever be caught again standing around at a school dance or birthday party, but if you are, your moves will really shock the crowd when someone finally does convince you to hop on to the dance floor.
Hip-hop dancers learn to get over their fear of expressing themselves through body language. The confidence boost helps in all areas of life.
Hip-hop class gear is pretty basic. Aside from the shoes, you need loose-fitting bottoms and a few layers up top. Wear a cool, wicking leotard or sleeveless sports shirt next to your body, and then layer with a sleeved shirt you can remove after you warm up.
Your dance instructor may have specific gear requirements for each class, but there isn't much specialty equipment necessary to begin hip-hop
Crescendo Dance Academy offers hip-hop classes as well as jazz, jazz funk, and contemporary dance. Students of all levels are welcome to join us on the dance floor. Call today to schedule your first class.