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.