What is Hip Hop?
What is Hip Hop?
Hip Hop is FUN & Awesome for your FITNESS!
Hip hop is type of music and artistic culture that arose from the South Bronx urban region of New York in the 1970s. It began with disc jockeys who created percussive beats using small portions of songs on two turntables. This then grew into sampling snippets of music to form a background over which rap poetry was chanted in 16 bar frames.
From this music, a form of dance was born incorporating dance styles such as breaking, locking, popping, new style hip-hop and jazz-funk.
Neighbourhood hip-hop teams competed against each other for the best dance set / music combination, providing a artistic form of urban group expression. The street hip-hop movements from the hip-hop culture where incorporated into choreographed pieces in hip-hop dance studios and dance classes where kids had fun learning freestyle hip-hop dance moves to music they recognised from the radio. Through subsequent exposure on TV competition dance shows, gained an international following.
By the late 1980s a strong hip hop scene had developed in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with dozens of hip-hop bands and rappers performing, and kids started taking hip-hop classes after school. Through the 1990's, New Zealand hip hop music went from strength to strength with the added input of Pacific Island musicians, creating a variant kiwi style known as "Urban Pasifika"
New Zealand's hip-hop dance groups have had extreme success in recent international hip-hop dance competitions with three separate Kiwi crews winning gold medals at the 10th anniversary of Hip-Hop International’s World Dance Championship in July 2011. Bubblegum (junior hip-hop dancers - see video below), Sorority (varsity hip-hop dancers) and The Royal Family (megacrew hip-hip dance group), all grabbed first place in their respective categories.
Kids Hip-Hop dance classes have become a hit with kids after school at Latin Fire Dance Studio for children as young as five years old and through to adult dance groups. Christchurch kids have been enjoying the fun, group bonding, music and after school exercise that our hip-hop classes provide. Book online now to start enjoying hip-hop in your family.
Thanks, Latin Fire, for making my year so much more exciting, especially to my ammmazzzing teachers David and Lisa, and Donna and Warren!! (and to Kendall and Jeff for having me in their classes occasionally and being so encouraging! :) )
It has been really fun meeting so many awesome people, and, of course, learning to dance! I wish you all a great New Year, and hope it brings you more than you ever wished for.
Look forward to seeing you again next year! ♥
What can I say about the fantastic family that is Latin Fire?
The last 4 years have been an incredible journey for me - when I first started learning salsa, I was quite under confident, and my self esteem had just taken a massive hit.
Donna and Warren and the rest of the crew were welcoming, fun, and slightly nuts, but I knew I needed to reconnect with dance.