Dance 8

Students move through the rotations in the following order:

Johnson, P


Johnson, T
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Media Literacy

Hip Hop 

Hip Hop

The origins of Hip Hop dancing begin the 1970’s. It was at this time that DJ equipment began to have the capabilities of mixing and scratching. Out of this new technology grew a style of music called “funk” and Funk dancing was the early form of Hip Hop.

Unlike ballet or jazz, a person could not learn Hip Hop in a dance school. If you wanted to learn it you had to go to the clubs where it was being done. Because of this Hip Hop appears to be a very ‘untechnical’ dance form. There are no pointed toes or turned out legs to maintain, but there are definite shapes that a Hip Hop dancer’s body must hit in order to be authentic.

Hip Hop began as a distinctly urban, African-American dance form. It grew and developed along with hip hop/ rap music. It began being incorporated into music videos in the 1980’s and started to be seen as a performance dance, not just a club dance.

Just like with other dance forms, there are different styles of Hip Hop. Up-rock, poppin’ & lockin’, breakdancing and street jazz are all forms of Hip Hop. They are distinct styles but they all share common characteristics. Since Hip Hop began in the clubs it is essentially a solo dance. It doesn’t tend to move very much across the floor and when done in groups it does not focus on formation changes or communication between group members. Often group Hip Hop takes on the feel of a challenge where one side tries to out-do the other. It is easy to trace this tradition back to the streets. Hip Hop began as a very spontaneous dance form. Group Hip Hop for performance loses some of that feel because the dancers are more concerned with choreography than expression. “freestyle” within a choreographed dance is one way to bring back that spontaneous feeling.

While Hip Hop doesn’t tend to travel around the stage, it does make use of space in terms of up and down. Hip Hop dancing makes full use of levels and often includes floor work. Generally movements are sharp but contrasting smooth movements are sometimes incorporated. The use of accents is a large part of Hip Hop dance and even more so than jazz, Hip Hop movements grow out of the music that they are being performed to and the lyrics being sung.

Hip Hop is a relatively young dance form and is still rapidly changing and evolving. It is popular now because Hip Hop music is popular. Will Hip Hop dance continue to evolve with popular music and become a long-lasting dance form? Or is it a brief trend in dance syle that will fade once something new becomes popular? Only time will tell. I think it is here to stay!

Hip Hop Grooves

We will be learning:
  • Party Machine
  • Running Man 
  • Roger Rabbit
  • Steve Martin
  • Bart Simpson
  • Pepper Seed
  • Brooklin
  • Battlerfly
If you would like to learn more about Hip Hop you can check out this Prezi: 

BBoy - BGirl

BBoy – BGirl

Break style consists of different moves:

Top RocksIt generally refers to foot movement performed from a standing position, relying upon a mixture of coordination, flexibility, rhythm, and most importantly, style.

Go / Get Downs / Drops – Moves that take you from standing to floor position.

Knee Rocks – Moves on your knees.

Floor Rocks – Foot work on the floor.

Freezes – Frozen postures that are often balances.

Power - rely on speed, momentum, and acrobatic elements for performance. They are prominent in B-boying, often the centerpieces of routines. 

BBoy BGirl Battle

There is one rule when you are battling and one rule only and that is: No touching. It seems simple enough right? Well, there are a lot of unwritten strategies and etiquette that most people have to find out by actually battling. Luckily we have the inside scoop from someone who actually battles. Here are some of the things that Matt has learned and is willing to share with you!

1.    Don’t do the exact same thing as the other team or even your own team.
2.    Always look up.
3.    Don’t use disses you can’t back up.
4.    Keep space so dancers can dance and the audience can see.
5.    Don’t call “crash” all of the time – it is the judges’ call.
6.    Don’t get angry if you lose – have good sportsmanship.
7.    If no one is going first – go first! It could also work to your advantage.
8.    BBoy – don’t do other styles in a BBoy battle. (Example – don’t pop and lock) 

Top Rocks

Go/ Get Downs / Drops

Floor Rocks / Foot Work


Jazz Dance

Jazz as a dance form began to evolve in the 1920’s. At that time, jazz music was the popular music heard on the radio and played in the clubs. The dance steps took on the name jazz because of the music it was danced to. Jazz is a uniquely American dance form that started among African-American dancers in the southern states. As jazz music evolved and developed different styles, so did jazz dance.

Today there are many different styles of jazz danced to many types of music. Lyrical, African, blues, Latin, tap, musical theatre and hip hop all fall under the category of jazz.

The key elements of jazz are syncopation (dancing to the off-beat in the music), individual style, and improvisation. Syncopation is what gives jazz music and dance its edge and excitement. It is not monotonous and dry. Changes happen often and are unexpected. Connection with the music is another element of jazz dance. Jazz dance directly expresses the music; whether it is jazz, blues, or rap.

When watching jazz dance, you will notice that the dancer will incorporate moves where one body part is ‘dancing’ and the others are stationary. A dancer may move her head or shoulders while keeping her upper body still. This is called an isolation (one body part is isolated and moved) Clear, strong body isolations contribute to the unique character of jazz dance. Also common to jazz is the use of body percussion such as snaps, claps, or stamps.

Jazz dance is often associated with Musical theatre (Broadway musicals and movies) but can be seen in the music videos and TV commercials. If you have ever dreamed of dancing in musicals or videos training in jazz is a must. All serious hip-hop dancers also take jazz because it provides them with strength and flexibility. There are also dance companies that focus on jazz dance. Alvin Ailey and Les Ballet Jazz to Montreal are two of them.

 Some of the most famous jazz choreographers have worked on both Broadway and movies. George Balanchine (also a famous ballet choreographer) and Jerome Robbins contributed to the development of jazz in blockbuster musicals. Bob Fosse was a dancer and a choreographer working in the 1960’s and 70’s who completely changed the look of jazz. He rebelled against ballet by doing moves where the legs were turned so far inwards that the dancer looked pigeon-toed! His work was amazing and a musical was made in his honour called Fosse where his choreography was revived and restaged. 

Final Project

·      Ms. J will randomly create four groups
·      Choose one song (this will be the hard part)
·      Choose 15 – 30 seconds of the song – write down what time your dance will start and end ex. 1:05- 1:25
·      Create movements to go with the song (Choreograph) You can use choreography that we have already used in class, string any of the movements together that we have done in class, or you can make up new movements.
·      Add one or more formations
·      Add levels
·      Add one cannon
·      Create a simple costume – something that everyone might have at home.
·      You will have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and a little of Friday to work in class.
·      Sign up for the studio on the white board.
·      Groups working in the hall must keep the music low so we don’t bother other classes and so each group can hear their music.
·      Presentation: Friday, March 31st. 

Semester two we have a field trip to Sky Zone in Surrey on Thursday, March 30th from 12 –3pm. The cost to students is $25. This includes transportation, two hours of bounce time, and socks.
To sign up for this field trip please fill in and return the permission forms signed by parents and block C and D teachers with $25 in exact change or a cheque made out to Frank Hurt Secondary with your child’s student number on it. You must alsocomplete Sky Zone’s online liability waiver:

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