Hip Hop Dance
Hip Hop Dance History and Introduction
The phenomenon known as the "hip hop culture" was identified in the early 1980's when DJ Afrika Bambaataa named the dynamic urban movement "hip-hop". The expression and words, hip-hop were originally used by MC's as pat of a style or rhyming.
Rennie Harris is considered a pioneer for moving hip-hop from the streets, to the concert and commercial stages, by connecting hip hop from the streets, to the concert and commercial stages, by connecting hip hop to its traditional origins.
Today hip hop is connected to its roots, and other traditional dance forms creating a new hyrid referred to as "new style".
"New Style" is being explored by today's choreographers and teachers of dance. Hip-hop can be divided into old school and new school(new style). However at this stage the separation between the two is ambiguous and will be judged with the passing of time.
Divisions of Hip-Hop Styles
Locking, Popping, House, Clowning, Dirty South, East Coast, and B-Boying
Hip-Hop Dance at our Dance Studio
Fundamentals of hip hop are taught to students of CPAM starting at age 5.
We offer a special program for boys, ages 6 to 12 years - BOYS Dance Night.
Adult Beginner & Intermediate Hip-Hop Dance classes are offered for advanced dancers, students, teachers and professionals 16+ years.
Instructors who teach hip-hop are either tested to teach through Dance Master's of America, Dance Teacher's Club of Boston, have a College Degree in Dance or have Toured in a professional Dance Company.
Hip Hop Dance Class Attire at our Dance School
Proper clothing allows for freedom of the body to move in the most unrestricted way and for the trained instructor to identify proper placement corrections. Uniformed class wear ensures the confidence of all students in a safe learning environment. Well fitting, durable and quality footwear provides the dancer's feet with protection and support.
Girls Hip-Hop Dance Attire: Hip-Hop student are expected to wear their hair off their face in a bun or pony tail, Pink or Black sweatpants, leggings or shorts with pink or black t-shirts or tank top, black dance sneakers purchased at our dance studio, Center For Performing Arts Methuen (CPAM) dance apparel is allowed. (Hip-Hop Dance Sneakers must be purchased at our dance school)
Boys Hip Hop Dance Attire: Black sweatpants or leggings, white t-shirts, black dance sneakers purchased at our dance studio. Center For Performing Arts Methuen (CPAM) dance apparel is allowed.