• Hip Hop

    Class Description
  • Dance Exploration, LLC’s Hip Hop class explores the popular urban street style dance as seen on popular shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew! Designed around the ‘Dance to Learn!’®  Curriculum and the 6 Methods of Dance™ , our Hip Hop class is designed with the whole child in mind. Each week we explore a new aspect of the Hip Hop dance style whether it be a genre such as break dance vs tutting or Hip Hop terminology such as coffee grinder vs isolations. By exploring a new concept each week, we follow the guidelines of the ‘Dance to Discover!’™  Method, to keep class interesting and exciting and ensure children are learning as much as possible. Hip hoppers learn age appropriate movements and skills that will test their motor development as well as their spatial awareness all part of the ‘Dance to Move!’™  Method. The class begins with warming up the muscles with stretches, isolations (moving one body part separately from the others), and fun rhythmic patterns and play. Exercises will focus on the theme that week. For example if the theme is break dancing, more strength exercises such as push ups, sit ups and cardio will be taught to build the strength required for more difficult moves. If the theme is popping and locking, the exercises will be focused more on isolations and robotics. Dancers will learn important number concepts through rhythm exercises such as “stomping” and will play games in memorization to learn dance combos. Dancers work in groups with their peers to further develop their ability to learn manners, patience, and other important life skills as part of the ‘Dance to Accept!’™  Method. Each Hip Hop class will learn a combo or dance routine to be performed at the Graduation. Combos are taught for mastery of skill and are challenging enough to encourage motivation and determination. As an extension of Jr Hip Hop, along with individual hip hop moves, students are challenged to develop and produce pieces of student choreography to be performed at the Parent Observations. Student created choreography is included in class to represent the ‘Dance to Create!’™  Method. Teachers follow a “Yes!” Environment where the children feel comfortable and safe working with both their instructor and their peers. Educators also encourage children to make the right choices and nurture their self expression. As part of the ‘Dance to Express!’™  Method, all classes end with a free-style circle where kids are challenged to show off their best dance moves while their peers cheer them on!  Hip Hop classes include the Dance Exploration, LLC Family Engagement Program to continue the study of hip hop at home with fun games and activities the whole family can enjoy!
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  • Class Details

    • Ages:
    • Class Style:
      Teacher Led
    • Class Length:
      60 Minutes
    • Student to Teacher Ratio:
  • What will my Child Learn?

    Gross and Fine Motor Development
    • Through balance, stretching and coordination activities, children will strengthen muscles needed for continued gross motor development as well as improve posture
    • Hip Hop students will perform strength and conditioning warm ups to perform more intermediate breakdancing skills
    • Children will learn muscle control as they isolate one muscle while the rest remain still during pop n’ lock and isolation exercises
    • Dancers will learn dance progressions and how a movement can build on itself to perform a more difficult skill later on
    • Dancers will be able to link multiple movements together to perform short dance combos
    • Students will learn a simple choreographic dance which they will perform with help from the teacher
    Cognitive Development
    • Dancers will learn important number concepts through rhythm exercises such as “stomping” and will play games in memorization to learn dance combos
    • Sequencing will be taught as dancers learn combos that build to the next more advanced movement in the series
    • Students will learn anatomy as they learn to isolate or move single parts of the body during pop n’ lock exercises
    • Students will expand on the Element of Time as they dance to songs with more advanced ABA patterns and freezes
    • Students will expand on the Element of Space as they learn to dance through, around, above and below space
    • Students will expand on the Element of Energy as they are challenged to perform movements in contrast such as a sharp forcible pop movement vs a soft release
    Social and Emotional Development
    • Children will learn to interact with other children and how they can exist with others in space while moving
    • Students learn how to wait patiently, take turns and work cooperatively in a group
    • Students will learn how to express themselves through verbal and non-verbal communication through simple dance activities
    • Hip Hop students are challenged to work in a small group to create a short 16 count dance phrase that is included in their choreographic dance
    • Students will learn how to recognize the unique talents of the peers and accept each individual’s skills and talents and how each person can enhance the group as a whole
    Language Skills
    • Hip Hop uses a conceptual, theme-based approach to learning, therefore each week students will learn a new genre of hip hop as well as a dance term associated with that genre
    • Hip Hop students will learn the names, meanings and how to perform new hip hop dance movements
    • Students will learn how to express their needs, desires and problems to their dance teacher using proper verbal and non-verbal communication
    • Students will enhance their writing skills each class as they complete a theme based worksheet with the skills learned in each class
  • Our Teaching Method

    6 Methods of Dance™
    • 'Dance to Learn!'®

      Our Preschool Program includes activities that advance each individual child’s development. Activities are focused on cognitive thinking, problem solving, social and speech development, peer relations, and motor skills.

    • 'Dance to Discover!'™

      In our preschool program, we introduce a new theme each week to prevent stagnation. Themes are age and development appropriate. Children will learn new concepts to stimulate their cognitive development as well as their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    • 'Dance to Accept!'™

      Dance Exploration teaches in a positive ‘Yes’ Environment where artistry, imagination and innovations can thrive. The ‘Yes!’ Environment cannot survive with negativity or intolerance. Therefore, from day one, children are taught how to work in groups and in teams. This teaches children at a young age about peer relations. In the preschool program, emphasis will be placed on partner and small group activities, sharing, patience and waiting turns. Children will develop the ability to overcome disagreements with their classmates and develop contented relationships.

    • 'Dance to Express!'™

      Dance Exploration Educators are trained to aid the students in decision making processes. When faced with dance activities where a participant’s imagination and creativity are honed, Dance Educators may demonstrate their ideas, but will always reassure and support a child who takes inventive liberty and spin on an idea. This is part of Dance Exploration’s ‘Yes’ Environment and creating a positive teaching atmosphere that fosters growth and learning potential.

    • 'Dance to Create!'™

      Dance Exploration Preschool classes encourage creative development and expression. Classes allow children the opportunity to move in their own way and at their own pace allowing children to create their idea of class themes and concepts through their own dance interpretations. Teachers guide the creative process through a positive and nurturing environment.

    • 'Dance to Move!'™

      Dance Exploration Educators teach progressively for mastery and success. Proper technical skill will be achieved before advancing to additional dance moves. Dance Exploration will combine locomotor and non locomotor skills in all classes to assure that the child’s gross motor skills continue to be improved upon. Skills to be measured in the Preschool Program will be balance, coordination, muscle control and muscle memory, fine motor ability, flexibility and strength.

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