Hip Hop is a style of dance developed on the streets of America in the 70's & 80's. It involves dance moves known as locking, popping, rolling, gliding, rippling and waving. Dancer must learn to isolate all parts of the body and use them independ ently to dance well. An artistry has developed where the dancer mimes, imitating everyday movements e.g. riding a bicycle. Sometimes the dancer imitates a robot, but all moves must be musical . These dance actions can be performed on the street in a small group with dancers challenging each other to perform in the middle of the circle. Hence the term "Street Dance". Today "Street Dance" has developed into a funky style of dance performed to street style music. This style is copied from the backing groups who dance on the videos of the pop groups. Their choreographers are dance teachers like ourselves.
Generally street dance classes tend to be quite informal, unlike more classical forms of dance like ballet and jazz which are stricter on form. One of the benefits of this is that you can launch quite quickly into doing the moves rather than spending months perfecting positions and posture. So, if you like quick progress and you have bags of energy, this could be the class for you.
Street dance isn't just good for looking cool on the dancefloor – it's a fantastic workout. If you're the type of person who hates the treadmill and would rather not exercise for the sake of it, street dance will use muscles you didn't even know you had and without you being aware how hard you're working.
You'll need to be reasonably fit before you start street dance classes, but a beginner's class should take it easy with both the intensity and the technique. More than fitness, it's coordination that most beginners find difficult, but luckily that comes with time – so keep it up and it won't be long before you're back-flipping with the best of them.