Hip hop or hip-hop is a culture and art movement.  African Americans, Latino Americans and Caribbean Americans in the Bronx, New York City created it. However, origin of the name is often in dispute. It is also argued as to whether hip hop dance began in the South or West Bronx. While the term hip hop is often used to refer exclusively to hip hop music (including rap), hip hop is characterized by nine elements, of which only four are considered essential to understanding hip hop musically. Afrika Bambaataa of the hip hop collective Zulu Nation outlined these main pillars of hip hop culture, coining the terms: “rapping” (also called MC-ing or emceeing), a rhythmic vocal rhyming style (orality); DJ-ing (and turntablism), which is making music with record players and DJ mixers (aural/sound and music creation); b-boying/b-girling/breakdancing (movement/dance); and graffiti.

Other elements of hip hop subculture and arts movements beyond the main four are hip hop culture and historical knowledge of the movement (intellectual/philosophical); beatboxing, a percussive vocal style; street entrepreneurship; hip hop language; and hip-hop fashion and style, among others. The fifth element, although debated, is commonly considered either street knowledge, hip hop fashion, or beatboxing.

Why is it called hip hop?

Originating in the South Bronx in the late 1970s, hip-hop went global by the end of the ’80s. So how did it get its name? According to one explanation, the term pairs the hip that means “trendy” or “fashionable” with the leaping movement hop.

Importance of hip hop:

Hip hop as a musical and global cultural form forces us to think critically about what we define as valuable knowledge, who we recognise as knowledge producers, and how knowledge can be created and shared.

Why Choose Hip Hop Dance Style?

●improved condition of your heart and lungs
●increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
●improved muscle tone and strength
●weight management
●better coordination
●improved balance and stamina
●increased physical confidence and burns calories
●improved mental functioning
●improved general and psychological wellbeing
●greater self-confidence and self-esteem
●better social skills.

Age groups, that can participate in this form of Dance

Anybody over the age of 5 years can perform this Dance form. Be careful if you have any of the existing joint problems or surgeries performed before. It’s always beneficial to ask a physician if you had/have any pain or strain that needs consideration.

Hip Hop Dance techniques

If you are inquiring for one of the best Hip Hop dance classes in Mumbai that can train you from basic to advanced levels in this incredible dance form, then check out classes at SSDA! The information or knowledge that you’ll receive is definitely of international standards.


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