What is Hip Hop?

Latin Fire Hip Hop Kids team at the Bachata festival in 2013

What is Hip Hop?

Kids Hip Hop class in Christchurch

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.

Hip hop dance class in Mt PleasantNeighbourhood 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.

Latin Fire Hip Hop Teen Dance ClassBy 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.Latin Fire Hip hop winner of the outstanding dance award

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.


Olivia, Christchurch's own Latin Fire Hip Hop Teacher