Hip hop dance is one of the most popular styles of dancing. Movements in hip hop dance are less fluid than other dance styles. One thing that separates hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that hip hop is often more improvisational. Hip hop is known for its cool moves and quick spins.
Why Hip Hop?
Kids like to move. So do we! Hip-hop is exciting, active, and expressive, and your kid will love it for all of those reasons. But you'll also love it because it's fast becoming one of the best ways for kids to stay active and grow up strong.Hip hop encourages kids to move their entire body and get comfortable within their own skin, both physically and socially.
Jazz is a style of dance that is seen in many Broadway type shows such as "Cats". It is a more structured, stage style of dance than styles such as hip hop. Jazz dancing is entertaining to watch, fun and active to participate in. Jazz features a combination of unique moves, intricate footwork, leaps and quick turns. Jazz enhances a dancers grace and balance.
Thanks to shows like Dancing with the Stars, interest in Jazz dancing is peaking right now. Jazz combines some of the rigors of Ballet training with more free-form expressionism, making it not only an exciting and accessible form to watch and dance, but also an essential to any student with an interest in musical theater or show choir.
Jazz is a uniquely American style which reflects the diversity of the United States' immigrant heritage. Both the music and the dance style mix strong African heritage with European influences. It's also a wide-ranging style of dance, and can encompass everything from the Charleston and swing to more modern dance steps. Jazz is a great way for both kids who are serious about dance and those who just want to learn to move in exciting new ways have fun expressing themselves to many different types of music.
What is the difference between Jazz and Hip Hop?
Jazz style of dance is what is seen in many Broadway type shows such as "Cats". It is a more structured, stage style of dance. Hip Hop is a fast, high energy type of dance seen in music videos and commercials. Dance moves seen in performance by artists such as Beyonce, Kesha and Drake would be typical examples of Hip Hop. Hip hop incorporates a lot of break dance moves and the moves are more isolated and less fluid than jazz dance moves.
Why should we choose a particular style of dance?
The National Dance Education Organization lists the following as reasons to learn standardized dance forms:
Provide a scaffold outlining the breadth and scope of learning and teaching dance as an art upon which to design curricula and course syllabi. Standards are a guide, not a directive nor a curriculum. They offer constructive support, suggesting areas of curriculum but not defining it. Standards allow each district or school to develop an approach most suited to local or individual values.
Serve as a springboard for creativity for the learning and teaching of dance making: improvisation, choreography, and composition. Standards suggest avenues of creative exploration in the arts-making processes of Performing, Creating, Responding to, and interconnecting dance learning to knowledge of other disciplines and life skills.
Define age-appropriate expectations and levels of achievement in the art of dance. Standards inform individual schools of dance and school districts what students should know and be able to do in the art of dance at certain benchmark levels when taught by a highly qualified dance teacher in a graduated curriculum.
None of that means students can't learn more than one style (many of our students do, and we think that's great!) or create their own styles out of elements of others, but when learning to dance, it's helpful to have an established standard to learn from.