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Classic Hip Hop Dance Moves

As hip hop dancing takes the country by storm, some classic moves have been created. Let’s take a look at some of the more famous hip hop moves over time:

“The Dougie” – This dance is from the song “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District. While there are many variations of how to do “The Dougie”, here are some of the basic steps to the dance: Sway to one side and pause for a beat while putting your weight on the foot on the side you’re leaning towards. As you continue to sway, your arms should be by your side bringing them up towards you in a fist in a counter-clockwise circular motion, one at a time, until your arm is bent with your elbow facing down and your fist up by your head. Next, perfect the wheelchair move. To complete this move, with both arms, make forward circles to your sides while crouching lower with each rotation. Then finally, add the signature style of “The Dougie”, bring your hand over the top of your head and slide if off the back, like you’re slicking your hair down. Do this with the side-to-side move. Shift your shoulders side to side and then do it with the other hand. And, finally, don’t forget to be loose with your knees; otherwise you’re going to look very stiff.

“Stanky Legg” – This dance step is probably the easiest of all hip hop dance moves. The movement involves the rotating the dancers’ leg in a circular motion and then alternating to the opposite leg. It also utilizes moves from “The Dougie”.

“Cupid Shuffle” – Back in 2007, this song peaked at number sixty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number twenty-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was sung by the hip hop artist Cupid. This is a simple dance. First step four times to the right, then step four times to the left. Next, put your heel of right foot to the floor, then repeat with your left leg. Repeat this twice for each leg. Then, just walk in place, but turn to the left while doing so, so that when you get to the next part, you’re facing the next wall. You can also turn and shake your hips to the beat. Repeat the dance steps for each direction you’re facing. If you do this four times you’ll make a complete circle.

“Chicken Noodle Soup” – This dance requires dancers to make exaggerated shuffling movements, arm swings and perform a pantomime of the song’s lyrics. Apparently it stems from other New York-based street dances like the “Harlem Shake”.

This song was released back in the dance craze days of 2006. The dance itself can be done in many different ways because each dancer adds their own personal flair. The basic steps begin with the dancers following the initial lyrics from the accompanying song. As the words “Let it rain and clear it out” is said, the dancer then makes raining motions with their hands. This motion is the same as jazz hands combined with having the dancers arms bent in a vertical position while slowly lowering their arms. This is done three times before the main part of the dance begins.

The next step is to move both arms from the front of the dancers’ body to the back while bouncing off of each foot from side to side. These die to side movements of the legs followed by the flailing of the arms to match the corresponding feet movement can create sheer havoc!

“Walk it Out” – The “Walk it Out” dance begins as an exaggerated walk where each of the dancers steps feature pivoting on the balls of their feet. The dancer should keep their knees bent and their heels off the ground. As the dancer takes a step forward with their left foot, both feet should pivot to the right and then to the left. Then, as the dancer steps forward with their right foot, both feet should pivot to the left and right. Then, by adding some hip movements and keeping their knees bent, the dancer has successfully completed the “Walk it Out”.

How Hip Hop Dance is Best Learned

I begun to lean Hip Hop just about 3 years ago, and got hooked immediately. I wanted to know so bad How Hip Hop Dance is being done so I started at a dance school and practiced under different teachers five times a week. In half a year I evolve some good skills, the problem was that because of the enormously amount of training I had no time to use my new learned moves and develop my own style. I became a copycat.

I will warn you about this, if you want to learn how hip hop dance is being done don’t just take class after class all the time. My tips is to practice at least as much on your own or at a club as you do in a dance studio following a teacher.

This may seem hard in the start but I permit you, it will give some mad results. Try to challenge yourself by turning on your favorite Hip hop song and freestyle until the end. Play with the dynamics and accent different sounds in the beat. Practicing hip hop this way will make you to a much better dancer in a shorter time.

I see two big risks with taking too many classes each week. The first one is to get stuck in the dance studio in front of the mirror not being able to use your maximum energy and feeling insecure when dancing without a mirror. The second risk is to become a “copy cat” or biter as it’s called in the dance world. This is a really bad thing and will lower your respect amongst other dancers.

Imagine yourself going out to a club at Friday night dancing and having fun with your friends. When you’re dancing there you see this guy and your friends say something like “Hey he looks exactly like you”. That’s not the point of dancing, you should be dancing because you like it not to show off yourself. And that’s exactly what many of the “biters” are doing, trying to look good by copying someone else’s moves and groove. The best dancers always try to flip and add their own touch to the new moves they learn. It’s also about giving something back to the Hip Hop culture, creating new steps or flipping old ones into something new.

Learn the Fundamentals of Hip Hop Dance

Hip Hop is an expressive form of dance that anyone can begin to learn with a little bit of practice. Four basic moves that every beginner Hip Hop dancer should know how to do are the Back Slide (many people call this the Moon Walk), Body Rolls, Ball Change and various Isolations.

The back slide is performed by bringing the heel up on the back foot with a forced arch and then sliding the front foot staying flat on the ground back to meet the foot that is arched. When they meet the foot being dragged back goes into a high forced arch and the other foot now goes flat, you then repeat the move alternating with each sliding foot. It is important to keep the foot that is sliding back completely on the ground as if you are trying to wipe something off the bottom of your shoe. Many variations are used using this dance step.

Body rolls are performed by dipping your chest towards the ground then arching your back and collapsing your chest and stomach as if you were just punched in that area. Body rolls can be performed using many different levels (ie: dipping low to the ground or staying upright).

Ball Change is a technique widely used in many forms of dance. The move is performed by separating your feet, normally hip width apart and then you make a very small hop onto one foot while the other foot is lifted and placed in front of the foot that just hopped.

Various isolations are very important and require control and practice. You can start with isolating the neck by moving your neck side to side keeping only that part of the body in motion and the rest of the body still (isolated). You can then move the head back and forth and once comfortable try moving the neck in a circular motion while keeping the rest of your body still. The same technique can be applied to the torso.

These are basic moves that anyone can practice and are safe to do without a dance teacher. Of course watching a video demonstrating these moves would be helpful and you have access to a professional dance instructor this would help expedite the learning process greatly.

Out of these four moves the technique every good Hip Hop dancer should know is the Ball Change as it is used widely in most choreography. Unlike ballet Hip Hop is a form of dance that the movements have no restrictions or boundaries and is one of the more fun styles of dances to try and master since it is ever changing. You use your body to tell a story and simple day-to-day moves can be incorporated to help show that story. People that practice Hip Hop dance will learn control of their bodies and connect their mind to their movements all while getting a healthy workout. Hip Hop Dance is so free and very expressive and just plain fun to do. A great way to learn Hip Hop is from a professional which you can find by calling up your local dance studio to see what classes they have to offer.

Hip Hop Classes

Hip hop classes for dance are growing in popularity, thanks in large part to music videos. Here’s some interesting tips for anyone looking to take a hip hop dance class. First, decide whether you want to purchase dance videos or take a class at a dance studio. There are definite advantages to both: the you can watch the videos anytime, though the studio classes provide a more involved atmosphere (plus a trained instructor who can answer any questions you may have).

Hip hop classes can be found at nearly at local college for cheap. In addition, you can sign up for dance lessons at gyms (which provides a great cardio workout). Whichever format you choose- video, studio or gym- most classes follow a similar pattern. Generally, it starts with a 15 minute warm up , then begins to incorporate a new hip hop dance move. In my experience, most classes introduce 3-5 new moves and incorporate them into a routine which can be repeated. Gyms tend to focus on keeping your heart rate up, whereas studios will actually slow things down to focus on technique. No matter how you approach, these classes are a workout!

Keep in mind not all dance hip hop classes are created equally. You should try out a few different schools to see which one suits you best. For example, one class may focus on breakdancing while another focuses on locking- these can be very different styles. If you’re going out dancing causually at a club, locking may be a style to look into; if you hang out at rap battles, you may want to step into breakdancing. The three main styles of dance include popping (jerky body movements), locking (fluid hip movements with precise arm movements) and breaking (also known as breakdancing, it involves getting on the floor for spins and turns).

Hip hop classes can be found online, though I would recommend taking a studio class if you’re a beginner; having a teacher help you learn the basics is invaluable. After you’ve mastered the simple steps and routines, you can always search YouTube for ways to step up your routine. In conclusion, you want to determine what style of dance you want to learn more about, then sign up for dance classes at a studio or gym, and use videos to improve your skills. You’ll be breaking, locking and popping in no time.