Hip Hop

Hip Hop dancing is an integral part of the hip-hop culture. Within Hip Hop culture there are four cornerstones that include dance, graffiti, MCing, and DJing. There is considerable cross-referencing thereafter between Hip Hop culture and Street Dance styles, so the commercial dancer needs to know B-Boying, Locking, and Popping, too.

Why do we teach Hip Hop?

Hip Hop dance moves have been used in all manner of commercial dance productions since the mid-1980s. Hip Hop continues to influence culture today, and due to its deep connection with Street Dance, it’s used to connect with free-thinking and disenfranchised youth culture. Hip Hop is one of the cornerstones of our commercial dance courses due to its popularity and its crossover with B-Boying, Krumping, Locking, and Popping.

Hip Hop dance moves

As Hip Hop dance falls under the umbrella of Street Dance, there are inter-connecting relationships between the various Street and Hip Hop styles.

However, there are specific Hip Hop moves that include:

  • Robocop
    If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know the kind of expression to aim for. This move primarily uses the arms and elbows to accentuate a robotic movement that goes from left to right, across the body.
  • Running Man
    Running on the spot is the essence of the Running Man move. Arms accentuate the movement to give a sense of travelling without moving.
  • Janet
    This Hip Hop move plays homage to the dancing talent of Janet Jackson. With a lot of arm movement, swinging arms from straight to left, with the body facing in the other direction.

Make your move!

If you fancy a little chat with Angela, our friendly Course Director, about the Hip Hop moves that you’ll be learning on our commercial dance courses before you apply, please get in touch on 0207 118 1818.