• Hip-Hop

  • Our Hip hop classes have an open format. Hip hop should be a personal, expressive and fun dance form. In our classes, students are taught freshly choreographed sets. Sometimes we work with a different piece of music each lesson, and sometimes we extend our sets into full-length dances over a term. Our main aim is enjoyment, we want to make Hip hop accessible for everyone, whether they have danced before or not. The sets we do are often challenging, but taught within a supportive and easy environment. Terminology is important, dancers are taught new terms each lesson.  For pre-schoolers we also include fun obstacle courses during the lessons to keep them engaged. By doing this they get to learn the steps in a fun and active way. Separate Boy and Girl classes are available. Classes start from 3 years to adult. At Jaye's we have a ribbon reward system to gain achievement. 

  •  1.  Popping

    Created by Sam Solomon in Fresno, California and performed by the Electric Boogaloos dance crew, popping consists of quickly contracting and relaxing your muscles, causing a jerk in your body. These jerks are known as pops or hits. Popping is performed with other dance moves and poses to the beat of the music.

    2.  Locking

    Created by Don Campbell in Los Angeles and introduced by his crew The Lockers, locking consists of performing a series of locking movements, which involves performing a quick movement, "locking" into another position, then holding the last position for a few seconds. The hips and legs usually remain in a relaxed position while movements of the arms and hands are more distinct and exact. Movements are big and coordinated closely with the beats of the music. Locking has a bit of a comedic flair and is usually performed to funk or soul music. Dancers who perform locking movements are called "lockers."

     

  • 3.  Breaking

    Breaking (also referred to as b-boying or b-girling) is probably the most well-known element of hip hop dance. Breaking is very unstructured and improvisational, and evolved from a style of dance known as uprock. Breaking, or breakdancing, is composed of movements performed at different levels: toprock (performed while standing), downrock (performed close to the floor), power moves (acrobatics) and freeze moves (poses). Dancers who perform breakdancing are often called b-boys, b-girls or breakers.

    4.  Waacking/Whacking

    The basic “Whack” (original spelling) is an arm movement that creates the striking motion. Literally, like you’re hitting or whack-ing something. 

    5.  Voguing

    Popularized by Madonna, it is a dance developed in discos in the late 70's and done by "striking poses," with some fluid though precise and often quick movement between.