Hip Hop Dance Classes

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Popular Hip Hop Dance Studios in Sydney!

Crossover Dance Studio
Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Dance Company
IMI Dance Studio
IMI Dance Studio

What is Hip Hop Dance?

Hip Hop dance is a style of danced which typically involves Hip Hop music and culture, including moves from Breaking and Party Dancing. Break dance focuses primarily on ground moves executed close to the floor, Party Dance is mainly performed whilst on your feet.

If you’re in love with listening to strong beats from your headphones, then you know this is for you. Hip Hop dance often involves dancing to the consistent beats playing in the instrumental of any song. Ask about the types of moves you’ll be learning – they’re endless. From Old School to New School, breaking to popping, there are too many styles which Hip Hop has its origin from. Keep in mind though, all styles of Hip Hop generally involve using different parts of the body to execute bounce grooves and isolation techniques.

Father of Hip Hop

DJ Kool Herc - Father of Hip Hop

DJ Kool Herc used to throw bloc parties in the Bronx New York. Broke down Hip Hop into what is known as the 5 elements today.

  • Deejaying (Turn Tabling)
  • Emceeing (Rapping)
  • Graffiti
  • Breaking (Dance)
  • Knowledge

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Hip Hop Dance Culture In Sydney

The Sydney Hip Hop Culture is still relatively a young community. A combination of local hip hop role models and overseas talent coming and teaching in recent years, has really helped solidify and grow Sydney’s hip hop community. The growing of this community is also aided by student associations in universities and high school to really help develop a new generation of Sydney hip hop dancers. Typically you’ll find regular jam circles at Darling Harbour, International Convention Centre. One of the most popular places for dancers of all types and skills to gather to share in their love of dance. Below are some of the more recent influences of the Sydney dance community who are also teaching in various dance studios in Sydney.

Sydney's Featured Hip Hop Dance Teachers

James Deane

James Deane has extensive experience performing both nationally and internationally. He has judged in both local and national dance competitions such as World Supremacy Battlegrounds in Australia and the Solomon Islands, Hip Hop International, K-pop World Festival and Australian Dance Crew Championships. James has also been selected to dance for Willow Smith and Jaden Smith and has worked with international artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Terry Crews, Henry Fong and many more.
James’ focus for his students is to make sure they have fun and also to learn new things with him. He strives to include new movements in his choreography every week but also keeping it easy enough that you don’t feel intimidated as someone new to dance.

Tips To Taking Your First HIp Hop Class

Got Baggy Clothes In Your Wardrobe?

Now you know what to pop on before heading to a hip hop a class! Just kidding, contrary to some popular beliefs, you can wear whatever you are comfortable with for exercise or clothes you can get sweaty in. Some hip hop dancers like to wear baggy short-sleeve or a long-sleeve t-shirt with sweatpants. Majority of the time these clothes are fairly simple in both design and colour - with maybe just a small logo on each type of clothing they wear. Here’s a small tip for you as well – the more you cover yourself, the more “swag” energy you can probably give to others while you dance in class. So don’t be afraid to pop on your favourite hat on top of your dancing attire as well. From snapbacks to bucket hats to A-Frames – you name it – basically anything that will add to your “cool vibe” in class.

What To Expect

Beginner hip hop classes focuses on hip hop foundation moves and grooves which helps get you comfortable with simple and larger movements with your body. General class format for a standard 60 minute hip hop class involves warming up (10 minutes), learning a hip hop routine (40 minutes), and breaking up into smaller groups to perform (10 minutes) and usually the dance instructor will also perform a solo of the routine to finish off the class. There is no pressure for you to perform if you don't want to, ultimately having fun is the most important part of the whole experience.

Talk To Others Taking The Same Class

One of the best things about taking hip hop dance classes is the social aspect of dance. Arrive about 10-15 minutes early to settle in and introduce yourself to someone also taking the same class as you. During the class, keep the talking to a minimum, so as to not distract the teacher and other students wanting to learn. Some teachers like to stay back after class to talk to students, see if this is the case for the hip hop classes you take.

List of Hip Hop Dance Moves

Popular Hip Hop Dance Studios in Sydney!

Crossover Dance Studio
Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Dance Company
IMI Dance Studio
IMI Dance Studio

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