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Castle Rock Hip Hop Dance Classes for Kids

Castle Rock Hip Hop Classes
for Kids!

at the Cantril School Building

Class Ages: 6-10

Day/Time: Tues 5:20-6:20pm

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Hip Hop

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Class Description

Dance Exploration, provides the Town of Castle Rock Hip Hop classes for kids at the Cantril School Building! Hip Hop explores the popular urban street style dance as seen on popular shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew! Designed around the ‘Dance to Learn!’® Curriculum, the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes by Dance Exploration are designed with the whole child in mind. Each week we explore a new aspect of the Hip Hop dance style whether it be a genre such as break dance vs tutting or Hip Hop terminology such as coffee grinder vs isolations.

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The Castle Rock Hip Hop Classes by Dance Exploration explore 4 primary techniques of Hip Hop Dance:. 


Break dancing, also known as breaking or b-boying/b-girling, is a dynamic style of street dance that originated as part of the hip hop culture among African American and Puerto Rican youths in New York City during the early 1970s. It is characterized by its athletic and acrobatic moves. In the Dance Exploration Hip Hop class, hip hoppers will learn beginning to intermediate break dance skills such as the coffee grinder, 6 step, and baby freeze. Break dancing often involves dance battles, where dancers take turns demonstrating their skills in a competitive yet communal atmosphere. In the Castle Rock Hip Hop Dance Program, hip hoppers will explre activites with their peers to create a Hip Hop Crew Name. They will have friendly hip hop battles with other Crews in the  class. These Hip Hop Battles are structure in a way that are cooperative, friendly and fun! 

Break Dancing

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The Castle Rock Hip Hop Classes by Dance Exploration explore 4 primary techniques of Hip Hop Dance:. 

Pop N' Lock

Popping is a funk style and street dance that originated in California during the 1960s and 1970s. It's characterized by the sudden tensing and releasing of muscles ("hitting") to the rhythm of the music, creating a jerky or robotic effect. In the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes offered by Dance Exploration, hip hoppers will learn some foundational Popping skills such as waving and isolations. Waving in hip hop dance is a fluid, continuous movement that creates the illusion of a wave traveling through the dancer's body. Isolations in hip hop dance involve moving a specific part of the body independently from the rest, showcasing control and precision.

Locking is a style of funk dance and hip hop that originated in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Los Angeles, California, primarily associated with Don Campbell and his dance crew The Lockers. It is characterized by distinctive, exaggerated movements, such as rapidly freezing in place ("locking") and then suddenly resuming motion, often in rhythm with funk or soul music. In the Castle Rock Hip Hop Program we learn 3 foundational locking skills, the Don Campbell lock, the Lock and Prep and the Double Lock. 

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The Castle Rock Hip Hop Classes by Dance Exploration explore 4 primary techniques of Hip Hop Dance:. 

Tutting

Tutting in hip hop dance is a style characterized by the creation of geometric shapes and angles with the body, particularly the arms and hands. This dance form draws inspiration from the art of ancient Egypt, mimicking the positions of figures in Egyptian hieroglyphics, hence the name 'tutting,' a reference to King Tutankhamun. Dancers execute precise, box-like movements with their limbs, creating visually striking patterns that appear almost like an intricate puzzle. The style emphasizes clean lines, right angles, and fluid transitions between shapes. In the Castle Rock Hip Hop Program we explore simple box tuts which are intertwined with fun dancing combos. 

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The Castle Rock Hip Hop Classes by Dance Exploration explore 4 primary techniques of Hip Hop Dance:. 

House Dancing

House dancing is a style of dance associated with the house music scene that originated in the clubs of Chicago and New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s. While it falls under the broader umbrella of hip hop dance, it's distinct for its roots in house music, a genre itself influenced by disco, soul, and funk. In the Castle Rock Hiip Hop Program through Dance Exploration, our students will focus on foundational House Dance movements in footwork, grooves, lofting and jacking. 

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Class Flow

Hip Hop classes begin with a proper warm up. In the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes provided by Dance Exploration, warm ups focus on high energy cardio blasts, isolations, grooves, and strength building warm ups. It's important that hip hop dancers properly warm up their bodies before performing the high intensity movements that can be learned in hip hop dance. 

Castle Rock Hip Hop Classes for Kids

After warming up, dancers in the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes beginning practicing drilling skills. Drilling Skills are important in Hip Hop dance to build the strength, technique and muscle memory to perform movements properly. Whether the drills are to help us improve break dancing, pop n'lock, tutting our our house skills. In the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes, the drills are taught in a way that are fun and often in a class group called a "Hip Hop Crew" where each group of students can perform the drills with another group of students in a fun game of friendly competition and collaboration. 

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Next the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes progress to drills that travel across the floor! Hip Hoppers practice break dancing crawls, and flips, traveling footwork like glides and shuffles, and tutting combos that move them around the room making shapes. In the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes with Dance Exploration, the focus is building technique, but also friendships and comradery. Our drills sprinkle in fun games such as relays, red light green light and even tick-tack-toe! 

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The Dance Exploration Castle Rock Hip Hop classes end with a freestyle circle also known as a cypher. This is an important part of the hip hop culture. It encourages improvisation which is a dancer's opportunity to showcase their skills. Freestyle Circles operate under the foundations of collaboration, comradery, and creativity. Incorporating a free style circle in the Castle Hip Hop Classes by Dance Exploration is important for dancers to build confidence and self-expression all while being championed by the other dancers in their Hip Hop Dance Crew! 

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Halfway through each session of the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes, hip hoppers begin learning choreography for the Castle Rock Dance Showcase. Working on choreography, especially in a group setting, fosters teamwork and synchronicity, teaching dancers how to move cohesively with others. Taking time at the end of each class to learn and practice choreography is essential for the success of each individual students' performance at the Castle Rock Dance Showcase

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Dancers enrolled in the Dance Exploration Castle Rock Hip Hop classes are invited to participate in the Castle Rock Dance Showcase! The Castle Rock Dance Showcase happens twice a year in May and December! Each Showcase has a different theme and showcases the skills' of every student enrolled in the program. The Castle Rock Dance Showcase takes place on the Cantril School Building Stage!  Dance is a performance art, that's why at Dance Exploration we believe performance should be included! The Castle Rock Dance Showcase is free for every student to participate and perform in! 

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 Our Hip Hop Dance Classes offer more than just dance skills; they provide a range of benefits that contribute to a child's overall development. Here's a look at 10 key advantages of enrolling your child in the Castle Rock Hip Hop classes for kids at the Cantril School.

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