Dance Type: Hip Hop
Hip hop dancing is an urban, ethnic dance form that has recently gained popularity among youth. Hip hop dancing began in the early 1900's, when the youth in and around Bronx, New York started dancing on the streets and is related to the modern break dance.
Hip hop dancing provides opportunities for the dancers to express their creativeness. It features impressionistic movements from the soul. Hip hop dance represents body movements that compliment the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. Hip hop movements include: breaking, popping, locking, and free styling. Jumps, breakages, and rotation movements are combined, creating a dance style that is informal and explosive.
Hip hop dancing is a good exercise workout for performers. Hip hop improves flexibility, body balance, and muscle coordination. Some claim that hip hop leads to a state of spiritual wholeness because it allows the dancers to create their own style and maintain fitness.
Hip hop dancing includes unique steps and movements that are not introduced in ballet or ballroom dancing. Jazz, ballet, and other dance forms are technical requiring more formal training (including terms for movements) than hip hop. Hip hop provides more avenues for freedom of expression while dancing.
Hip hop can be learned by anyone interested in dancing. There is no age limitation or restriction for learners and dancers other than their personal physical abilities and creativity. Hip hop is slightly difficult to learn because of its assortment of body movements.
Instructor: Rebekah Merriman
Rebekah has been dancing for over 20 years. She grew up studying jazz, tap and ballet. Rebekah attended the University of Sioux Falls where she majored in theatre. It was during her time there that her love of musical theatre dance grew. After graduating in 2008, Rebekah began to choreograph shows for the University of Sioux Falls, Olde Towne Dinner Theatre, the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts at the Washington Pavilion and the Sioux Empire Community Theatre. Some of the shows include Little Mermaid Jr., 9 to 5, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Cinderella, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and West Side Story. Rebekah also worked with Broadway star Ken Ard to choreograph Guys and Dolls in 2011.
Rebekah is passionate about dance and theatre and is excited to have the opportunity to share this passion with the students at Balleraena.