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Street Classes Available

  • Senior Street (11 years +): Thursday 7:00pm - 7:45pm

Hip Hop graffitiStreet, which originates from the social scene, has become very popular and incorporates a wide range of styles. Hip Hop is a music genre, developed in the US by inner-city African Americans, consisting of a stylized rhythmic music often accompanies rapping. In Street classes you'll learn Hip Hop, Break dancing, and House and Commercial. Classes are fun and informal, and available for junior and senior levels. You'll learn to move like Beyoncé and The Pussy Cat Dolls, and also learn routines to boost your confidence and let your hair down. Click the link/picture above to see what classes we offer.

The culture of Hip Hop developed in New York City's Bronx district during the late 1970s. Technically, Hip Hop is specific to breaking/rocking and doesn’t include popping or locking (these are funk dances that evolved independent of the Hip Hop movement, and were primarily danced to funk rather than Hip Hop). Urban or street dance is an umbrella term which encompasses dance styles that look like Hip Hop or Street but are not necessarily related to Hip Hop itself. The term "Urban dance" evolved for commercial purposes because it helps dance teachers to reach a wide audience without the requirement to explain the detailed technicalities.

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In 2009, a dance group known as Diversity captured the attention of British audiences with a spectacular routine which secured their victory in the popular TV show 'Britain's Got Talent'. Their routine included an amazing performance of synchronized and acrobatic movements. This event was the trigger for the expression "street dance" to come to the notice of the general public.

Street, as it is now informally known, is a broad term used to describe a range of dance styles more precisely characterised by descriptions such as hip hop, breakdancing and funk. Street has since spawned a whole new dance lexicon, including terms such as popping, locking, waving and krumping.

A dancer pops by jerking their body - quickly contracting and relaxing the muscles. The resulting movements are commonly referred to as pops or hits. Locking refers to fast and exaggerated movements which freeze into a rigid, locked position. Waving describes fluid movements that appear to ripple through the limbs. Krumping is the execution of free, expressive and energetic movements of the arms, legs, head and chest.

The origins of the word Hip-Hop are often disputed, and it is also argued as to whether Hip Hop started in the South or West Bronx. While the term Hip Hop is often used to refer exclusively to Hip Hop music, also called rap, Hip Hop is characterized by nine elements, of which only four are considered essential to understand it in a musical sense. These four main elements of Hip Hop are now known as:

  • rapping - a rhythmic vocal style;
  • DJ-ing - making music with record players and DJ mixers;
  • break dancing and;
  • graffiti art.

A fifth element of Hip Hop is considered by some to be either street knowledge, Hip Hop fashion, or beatboxing. Bronx Hip Hop emerged from neighbourhood parties thrown by an African-American group. Hip Hop culture has since spread throughout the USA and the world. Its elements have been adapted as it spread to different cultures. However, the four elements still exist as the fundamentals of Hip Hop culture. Hip Hop is both a new and old phenomenon. Utilizing elements of older culture and reusing it in a new context, is known as "flipping" in Hip Hop culture. It has become the language of urban youths and their environment all around the world.

In the twenty-first century, with the rise of numerous new media platforms and social networking, fans have been introduced to Hip Hop and have been able to download or stream the music.





Jessica Ann School of Dancing
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Jessica Ann School of Dancing is a fresh, friendly Dance School in Ipswich, and provides excellent and specialized dance training for all ages and styles of performing arts.