Busting the myths
around Hip Hop Dance form

Updated on October 2021

Hip Hop dance is one of the most well-known and recognized dance forms in the world. It is often known as the dance of the millennials. Hip Hop culture has a great influence in shaping global issues and has impacted the youth culture to a great extent. It has now become an integral part of contemporary American society calling for a proper academic study of the dance form to help in maintaining its standards.

However, many see kids Hip Hop dance as a freestyle form which does not have any background or particular movements. There is sheer ignorance of this fact that if a studio or dance organization expects longevity, it has to offer a quality Hip Hop dance curriculum to maintain relevance and retain youth dancers.

In many cases Hip Hop dance and choreography is taught just out of Context by the trainers, often crossing the line between creativity and disrespect of Hip Hop culture.

Thus busting certain myths concerned with Hip Hop dance is essential to make the dance form survive and flourish. Following are the common myths surrounding Hip Hop dance:

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Hip Hop has no cultural background

This probably is the biggest false information about this dance style. Infact, the Hip Hop culture has evolved from three underground street styles: breakdance, popping and locking. This discourages parents from selecting hip hop dance classes for kids.

Hip Hop is a dance form lacking expressiveness

Contrary to this belief, the dance form incorporates rhythms, gestures, musicality, individual expressions, innovation, freestyling, isolations, cyphers, battling, juxtaposition of movements, heritage, social issues and personal experiences.

It takes no Brains to teach this dance form

Absolutely false! Just like any other dance form, Hip Hop requires a trained and experienced educator in dance school for kids, to teach the set standards and curriculum important for developing any dance style.

Hip Hop lacks respect that calls for curriculum development

Hip Hop dance has its own history, technique, cultural influences, terms, and styles which need due attention while learning. It is nuanced, codified, and difficult, and deserves the kind of study, assessment, and critique that the European dance forms typically get. But those who think the opposite feel that a curriculum may not be a priority for this dance.

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It’s a money minting business

For some studios, offering Hip Hop dance might have become a way to Make Money by offering classes that lack substance, authenticity, or age-appropriate content. But there are certain virtual dance classes for kids online, which are featuring good trainers.

Hip Hop is Turned Down for being disrespectful

Hip Hop is seen as a dance form that is not age appropriate or respectful to the roots of dance and culture. However this is due to lack of knowledge of proper stances and movements by amateurs who ipart wrong training of the dance.

How to get authentic Hip Hop training

When going for Hip hop classes, look for the following prerequisites to get authentic training.

  • A program with a comprehensive curriculum with Standards that demonstrate a commitment to quality arts education
  • Curriculum that includes age appropriate dance movements, a clear path to learning advanced techniques, and clear strategies to help students achieve their dance goals.
  • Authentic content and context in addition to proper training in technique and style.
  • Teaching of History, Evolution, Terminology, Rhythm, Movement and Expression of Hip Hop Dance
  • Presented by a qualified instructor, who demonstrates an understanding of Hip Hop dance that is rooted in Hip Hop culture.

Proper training and learning will definitely make you fall in love with this dance form.

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