Classes

Styles: 

Hip Hop/Grooving

Hip Hop Grooving is a non-choreography class that teaches you basic movements of hip hop and rhythm, without the intricacy of choreography. This class is amazing for beginners but also good for those who want a more free flowing class with less structured movements. There will be a lot of follow along with the teacher, and you will definitely sweat.

 

Brief History:

Hip-hop dance refers to street styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. Like hip-hop music, hip-hop social dancing continues to change as new songs are released and new dances are created to accompany them. The style was originally known as Breakdance, and has evolved to many forms such as New School, Old School, and more.

 

Break Dance

Break dance or breaking is an energetic, style that teaches breaking rhythms,  acrobatic moves and developing of character. While diverse in the amount of variation available in the dance, breakdancing mainly consists of four kinds of movement: Toprock, Footwork, Power Moves & Freezes.

What is Toprock?

Toprock is a major element of Breaking, and generally refers to foot movement performed from a standing position. It is usually the first area of Breaking used in a ‘set’, and it serves as a warm-up for transitions into the more acrobatic moves.

Breakers may devote considerable time to developing their Toprock to a stylistic display.

What is Footwork (Downrock)?

Footwork is used to describe any movement on the floor with the hands supporting the dancer as much as the feet. The most basic of Footwork is done entirely on feet and hands but more complex variations can involve the knees when threading limbs through each other.

What are Power Moves?

Power Moves, Spins & Tricks are acrobatic moves that require momentum, speed, endurance, strength, flexibility, and control to execute. The breaker is generally supported by his upper body while the rest of his body creates circular momentum.

What are Freezes?

A freeze is a Breaking technique that involves halting all body motion, often in an interesting or balance-intensive position. Freezes often incorporate various twists and distortions of the body into stylish and often difficult positions.

 

Brief History:

Break dance, also called Breaking, is an athletic style of Street Dance that was created by African American youth during the late sixties and early 1970’s. 

The term break refers to the particular rhythms and sounds produced by deejays by mixing sounds from records to produce a continuous dancing beat. The technique was pioneered by DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell), a Jamaican deejay in New York who mixed the percussion breaks from two identical records. By playing the breaks repeatedly and switching from one record to the other, Kool Herc created what he called “cutting breaks.” During his live performances at New York dance clubs, Kool Herc would shout, “B-boys go down!”—the signal for dancers to perform the gymnastic moves that are the hallmark of break dancing.

 

Urban Choreography

Urban Choreography is a choreography based class that teaches an intricate sequence of movements to popular songs. This class is offered from beginning to advanced levels and is great for improving muscle memory and developing style.

 

Brief History:

Hip-hop dance refers to street styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. Like hip-hop music, hip-hop social dancing continues to change as new songs are released and new dances are created to accompany them. The style was originally known as Breakdance, and has evolved to many forms such as New School, Old School, and more.