Hop and Breakdancing
Breakdancing is part of the Hip Hop culture that originated
in New York and has since spread all over the world.
is an athletic and acrobatic style of dancing, which can often
appear to defy the laws of physics! It combines spinning on
the knees, head, hands, elbows and back, bodypopping, creating
‘windmills’ with the legs and using mock fighting
moves. Breakdancers usually dance on slick floors such as
linoleum or cardboard to reduce friction between their clothes
and the floor, allowing for quicker smoother moves.
requires good upper body strength, flexibility and a good
sense of balance to be able to perform the more complex moves.
Loose sports clothing is usually worn to allow free movement
and smooth spinning and often helmets are worn for moves such
as head spins. Trainers are necessary to have a good grip
of the floor when launching into moves.
Hop dancing also has a huge following and can combine some
of the easier breakdancing moves with high energy jazz and
street dance. Its growing popularity also stems from pop culture,
where stars can be seen performing energetic hip hop choreography
in their pop videos.
the ISTD does not offer classes in Hip Hop or breakdancing,
but you can visit www.danceweb.co.uk
to search for your nearest class. Or look at www.bustamove.com,
where you can learn basic, intermediate and difficult hip
hop moves online!
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