Hip hop is a dance style which originated in America during the 1970s. It is danced to hip hop music and is part of the wider hip hop culture. Just like breaking (breakdancing), locking and popping, hip hop developed on the streets. And even today, you still see people hip hop dancing in everyday places. This dance style is incredibly social. It also involves much more ‘freestyling’, which distinguishes it from other styles.  Dancers improvise or come up with moves or dance steps on the spot, creating their own style. Groups of dancers compete with each other in freestyle dance competitions - or ‘battles’ - at both a local and international level.

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The lessons are always split into two parts. The half hour is spent on a good warming-up, during which you dance your body warm and focus on bouncing, rocking and grooving. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) also forms a part of the warming-up. In the hour that follows, you’ll work through a number of dance exercises. Freestyling is not part of the course. In the beginners’ course, you don't just work on dance techniques but also on musicality. As well as learning to dance to the pulse and the beat, you tackle double tempo movements and diverse melodies.

The beginners course is perfect for you if you have no experience at all in this type of dance. In seven lessons you will learn the basics of this dance. After completing this course, you can move on to the next level, intermediate. If you feel you have not yet mastered the basics, you can of course register again for the beginners course.

 

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Will Fräser

Will received his dance education at the MBO College Zuid in Amsterdam from 2014 until 2017. In 2017, he toured with So You Can Dance choreographer Isabelle Beernaert. Will teaches at various dance schools, including X.

The lessons are always split into two parts. The first half hour is spent on warming up your body by dancing, with the focus on hip-hop techniques. Warming each other up in a cypher can be part of the warm-up, too; this is otherwise known as socialising or vibing, the heart of hop-hop. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is also part of the warm-up. In the hour that follows, you get down to work on a combination. The course does not cover freestyle dancing, but you are expected to be expressive and creative.

The work on musicality carries on from the beginners’ course, but you now move in, between, through and with the layers of the music. What's more, you learn to complement the music with dance.

The intermediate course is perfect for you if you have followed the beginners course at X or have already gained 6-12 months of experience in this dance elsewhere. The content of the course varies per course and can therefore be followed several times.

 

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Will Fräser

Will received his dance education at the MBO College Zuid in Amsterdam from 2014 until 2017. In 2017, he toured with So You Can Dance choreographer Isabelle Beernaert. Will teaches at various dance schools, including X.