Hip Hop dance refers to street dance styles. Some of these styles are breaking, locking, and popping, which were originally made popular by dance crews in the United States.
Various television programs showcased crews and dance styles which gave them main stream exposure. The dance industry responded with more commercial studio based versions of hip hop, such as “jazz funk”.
Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip hop dances being performed on the street. True hip hop has an element of improvisation to it, or “freestyle” and dance crews engage in battles (competitions).
Because of all of these developments, hip hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.
This class appeals to boys and girls alike and incorporates isolation, floor work and patterning. Dancers perform in the year end recital.