Hip hop dance is one of the most popular styles of dancing. Movements in hip hop dance are less fluid than other dance styles. One thing that separates hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that hip hop is often more improvisational. Hip hop is known for its cool moves and quick spins.
What is the difference between Jazz and Hip Hop?
Jazz style of dance is what is seen in many Broadway type shows such as “Cats”. It is a more structured, stage style of dance. Hip Hop is a fast, high energy type of dance seen in music videos and commercials. Dance moves seen in performance by artists such as Beyonce, Ke$ha and Drake would be typical examples of Hip Hop. Hip hop incorporates a lot of break dance moves and the moves are more isolated and less fluid than jazz dance moves.
Jazz/Hip Hop 6-8A
This is one of the most popular classes in the school. Class length is 1 hour, 1 time per week. This beginner program allows students to take the 2 most popular forms of dance in one class. The jazz/hip hop class teaches fundamental jazz steps and combines the elements of hip hop moves and contemporary music. We have found that the combination of jazz and hip hop is ideal for this age. Students learn the necessary elements of jazz which are crucial to success in hip hop, but also get to learn hip hop moves which require the coordination and balance learned from jazz. When students complete this class they are ready to progress to the next level, Jazz/Hip Hop 7-9B. The 7-9B class expands on the 6-8A class and introduces more complex moves and routines. Class length is 1 hour, 1 time per week.
Here is a short video of a jazz / hip hop dance class.