Finding A Good Hip Hop Dance Studio

Hip hop dancing is all the rage with today's younger generations. Artists like DJ Clive "Kool Herc" Campbell and Afrika Bambaataa forged the way for other hip hop greats to make the music truly global. Today, it is one of the foremost musical forms, with thousands of recording artists, live musicians and DJs carrying the torch that was lit in the 70s. Finding a good hip hop dance studio nowadays is as simple as closing your eyes and following the music. They are so prolific that in a big city, it would be hard not to find one within twenty blocks of where you live. But there are some things you need to be prepared for, and other things you need to prepare for if you want to learn how to hip hop properly.

Dance And Basic Fitness: Step Lightly On Pointed Toe

First off, you need to be in relatively great shape. Fine, we'll admit that Samo Hung is a great martial artist despite his weight, but that's more an exception to the rule than the rule itself. A hip hop dancer should be flexible, have tremendous stamina, have a good sense of balance, and most of all, have a great attitude and a fundamental love and appreciation for hip hop. If you've got all these things right, then a hip hop dance studio is where you should be. Besides these, you need to look at certain practical aspects like what it costs, who the teachers are, what the schedule is like, and what you can expect by the end of the session.

Hip Hop Dance Studio Review: Kickin' It NY Style

Great studios abound in the Big Apple. Studios like the BDC, or Broadway Dance Center, host famous guest teachers. Their costs are very reasonable – about $15 to $18 per class – and there are no pre-registration fees like they have in other hip hop dance studios. They have hour and a half slots through the week seven days a week from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm. You can register in groups and avail special rates, and you can even get Union discounts on 10-class packages. With a history of 25 years teaching dance, and 23,000 square feet of top-of-the-line facilities, BDC is one of the premier hip hop dance studios in the city of New York.

Hip Hop Dance Studio Review 2: West Coast's Best Boast

Another great dance studio is the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. This is an LA Reader's Choice award winning studio that boasts having teachers who have worked with who's who of dance, music and choreography. Their rates aren't sky high as one would expect, and are in line with most other top studios in the country, including BDC. Single class cards start at $13, with discounts being applied to multiple-class purchases. The teachers include Dante 7, prominent Hollywood choreographer. At Dante's peak (couldn't really avoid that one), he was explosive (oops, sorry again) on stage with big acts like Will Smith and Mary J. Blige, and even appeared in top billing movies such as You Got Served and Stomp The Yard. Now there's a featured teacher (okay knock it off!) if ever there was one.

Hip Hop Dance: The Doorway To Fame

The two hip hop dance studios are only the cream of the crop; the crop itself being extensively spread out over all 50 states. There are some terrific studios out there if you know where and how to look for them. Most are quite affordable because they were founded by dancers who more than anything wanted to spread the word about the health and fitness benefits of dance. It's a great form of therapy – the inseparable combination dance and music – that leads the way to good health and other bonuses like fame and fortune if you're lucky and work hard, waiting for that big break that's sure to come.