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Why dance?

 

Children, young people and adults can dance for fun, to learn and improve their skills in dance and sometimes train for a career and competitions. Dance is an accessible, adaptable, enjoyable, fun form of physical activity.


“Movement is one of the very first forms of human expression.
Even before birth, the foetus moves in the womb.
Foetuses are known to respond to music.
Movement and dance take the ability to communicate to another level:
A sensory level that is experienced not only by the dancer, but by the audience.
It is a form of non-verbal communication that creates a bond,
Between the body and the spirit or with an audience.”
Susan Rueppel


Dancing is an act of moving the body in rhythm, usually in time to music depending on style. Before young children can even walk properly, they will bounce and sway to music. Dancing is both an art and a form of recreation. It is the perfect way to discipline individuals on how to misbehave positively in a dance environment and help dancers cope with their community and everyday life better.

Dance is used to communicate ideas, information, beliefs, thoughts, feelings and emotions. Dance has been used throughout history to tell stories, recreate myths, and connect with spirits or gods, as ritual or prayer and specifically for healing (see History of Dance). Dance is a language that reunites the body, soul, and mind.

The desire to dance is one of the primal instincts of mankind as researchers would say. It has been said that dancing is older than anything except breathing, eating, drinking and love. Emotions are the essence that drive and stimulate the body into movement. Even primitive cave-drawings depict men dancing as well as world famous tribal caves painting in ancient Egypt and many other places in Africa.

Dancing develops attention span, concentration, the ability to understand instructions and the ability to plan. It enables students to be more attentive which is important for those struggling with dyslexia.

 

Dancing can help develop memory skills and help every young person succeed in life. It allows young people to gain confidence, to clearly access how they learn, and establish the best way to continuously improve and achieve. Taking regular dance classes is the best way to tackle obesity by burning calories and can be used for fitness purposes.

 

 

Why Hip Hop?

 

We believe that Hip Hop can help to reduce gang crime within communities as well as having a positive impact on young people no matter what age, gender, sexuality, religion or ethnic background. We also believe that Hip Hop dance and culture can be used as an anchor, to make the next generations of artists and dancers role model citizens, young leaders, with social values leading to a positive future.

The birth of Hip Hop was a revolution for the world of music and art but obviously had a social and political background. Groups of people were organised in the streets because of the art and their personal joy but their goal was to prevent their community’s destruction and to add positive energy to the negative environment that existed and exists in every ghetto and deprived area of the world.


Hip Hop culture is composed of four core elements, Dj-ing, Breaking, Mc-ing and Graffiti which as nowadays spread to other art forms. Hip Hop can be used for teaching: awareness, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, equality, peace, unity, love, respect, responsibility and recreation, overcoming challenges, economics, mathematics and anatomy.

Hip Hop was created in the Bronx by people of varying ages. Hip Hop helped bring people of all ages, colours, and crew together. Children played a crucial role in creating and furthering the dance and the music of Hip Hop. Respect for self and respect for others is crucial in the development of this art. Without respect, people would not have been able to learn, share, and grow together. The kids who created Bboying were having fun dancing to music in which they created a dance that has spread across the globe and changed many lives. However, this could not have been done without respect.

“The media shows a skewed version of Hip Hop and often sends the wrong message to kids. Hip Hop is not about how much money you make, it is not about degradation or humiliation. Hip Hop is about uplifting people. The true tale of Hip Hop tells a story of courage, ingenuity, love, and respect. It is a story of how people came together and made something out of nothing, learning about themselves and bettering themselves in the process. Without self-respect and respect for others none of this would have been possible” - www.academicentertainment.com

 

Fashion and music are important tools which contribute to the lifestyle of a dancer, always looking for new songs to dance to and inspire creativity and practice. Dancers need new clothes to identify the dancer in the dance community or a particular dance style which fits with his or her personality and movement.

 

Hip hop clothes expressed individuality, but also had a functional purpose. Fat-laced Pumas and cool tracksuits looked good, but they were also perfect to wear while creating and performing difficult breakdance moves. Colour and imagination are the foundation of Hip-Hop fashion. Since in the 1970s, and still today, money was limited in ghettos. B-boys and B-girls created a unique sense of style that required imagination in the face of limited resources. Most dancers don’t do drugs, they are usually really healthy.

 

Hip Hop stands up against negativity in the streets and promotes peace, love, unity, knowledge, diversity, wisdom and understanding. Hip Hop dance is a universal dance language and also multicultural. Hip-Hop is a growing industry, and it has become a societal subculture whose members include juveniles from every side of life. Hip hop is a lifestyle with its own language, style of dress, music and mind-set that is continuously evolving.