|Posted by mstiffy on June 13, 2010 at 6:17 PM|
Hip-hop dance and video dancing (or what I would like to call "booty dancing") are always mistaken for one another. As a hip-hop instructor, I always have parents say, "Now will my daughter be dancing like those girls in the music videos?"
Want to know why? Let me tell you.
What those "girls in the music videos" are doing is not, I repeat, is not hip-hop dancing. Shaking your backside to a hip-hop song does not constitute as hip-hop dance or even dancing period. There is so much technique and training that goes along with hip-hop. Everything from lowering your center of gravity to proper body placement must be achieved before pulling off a hip-hop routine. Not to mention the rich history that goes along with the genre.
To read more about the history of hip-hop dance check out past blog entries in the sidebar.
Sometimes I feel that hip-hop dance isn't taken seriously. I feel like a lot of people try to pass themselves off as hip-hop instructors and choreographers without doing the proper research. You wouldn't teach a ballet class with no training, right? Why should hip-hop be any different? Taking your normal jazz class and tweaking it to add a few funky moves does not make it hip-hop either.
In this economy, flying up to New York to take a class from the masters is pretty much out of the question for most of us, but that doesn't mean that proper training must be sacrificed. I have found that Youtube has plenty of resources to help hip-hop instructors teach proper technique. Also, Dance.net has a whole hip-hop forum filled with information about history and pretty much anything you need to start your journey into hip-hop dance. The good thing about hip-hop is you don't have to have a degree to teach it, but you do have to understand the genre and it's sub-genres.
What do you think?
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