Westmoreland Performing Arts
132 South Main Street, Greensburg PA 15601. 2nd Floor
About the Course
Hip Hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to Hip Hop music or that have evolved as part of Hip Hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles in including the basics of Breaking, Locking and Popping which were created in the 1970s. One of our main focuses in style is Dance Industry, Commercial/New Style and Lyrical Hip Hop. This is what you see in music videos, concerts and shows like So You Think You Can Dance. These styles are diverse and infuse other styles of dance including contemporary, lyrical and jazz. Most new styles have infused urban party dancing with studio technique. They
involve a lot of footwork, radical movement and emphasis placed on musicality. Freestyle (improvise) is still very important with every style of Hip Hop. Traditionally Hip Hop dance, or any form of the street dance, is not performed to counts as these styles were created on the street rather in a studio setting. With the new styles, counting is sometimes used in class and we inform our students of Hip Hop dance history.