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: Thomas Nguyen
Thomas Tu Nguyen was born on May 14, 1992 and was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota by both parents who immigrated from Vietnam to America. He began his dance journey in 2009 when he was 17 years old, auditioning for the Washington High School dance team. In 2010, Mr. Nguyen competed in his first World competition called, The Dance Worlds, and by 2014 he returned and won the Hip Hop Gold Championship. Coached by Angela Nieman, his team was the first all male dance team to bring home a gold medal and trophy for South Dakota.
Mr. Nguyen attended South Dakota State University and studied a French Language Major & a Dance Minor. In dance, he studied with Melissa Mork-Hauschild who guided him in Classical Jazz, Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Modern (Bartenieff & Laban Contexts) Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater, and Composition & Choreography. Today, Mr. Nguyen is a dancer for Sioux Falls LiRa Dance Theater Company, a Choreographer & Instructor at Expanding Harmony Dance Studio in Brookings, and Contemporary instructor at Balleraena Dance Studio.