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Exploring the Different Styles of Hip Hop Dance for Teens

Exploring Different Styles of Hip Hop Dance for Teens

Hip hop dance has become increasingly popular among teens in the past few decades, and is one of the most popular forms of dance worldwide. The art form has its roots in African-American culture, combining elements from jazz, funk, and soul music. It’s a great way for teens to express themselves through movement while getting fit and having fun.

If your teen is interested in hip hop dance but isn’t sure what style to try, there are several options they can explore. Here’s an overview of some of the different styles they can choose from:

Breaking: Breaking is an athletic style that originated in New York City during the 1970s. It consists of toprock (uprocks), floor moves (downrocks), freezes, power moves, and footwork. Breaking often includes acrobatic moves such as headspins and windmills, as well as power moves like backflips or swipes. This style requires a lot of strength and flexibility but can be incredibly gratifying when performed correctly.

Popping: Popping is another street dance style that emerged during the 70s. It combines quick jerky movements with smooth transitions between poses to create a robotic effect on stage or on camera. Popping involves a mix of isolated arm movements combined with body isolations and intricate footwork patterns that make it look like your body is popping off the screen or stage when performed correctly.

Locking: Locking originated in Los Angeles during the 1970s and combines elements from funk dancing with jazz music to create an upbeat style that involves exaggerated arm movements combined with quick leg movements to create a “locking” effect on stage or camera when performed correctly. Locking incorporates basic steps such as waving arms side-to-side along with twists, turns, leg lifts, splits jumps, spins – all designed to lock into place at certain points throughout each routine creating an animated effect on stage or camera when executed properly .

House: House dancing was developed in Chicago during the 1980s and is heavily influenced by Latin American styles including salsa and mambo combined with African American street styles like locking and popping. House dancing usually includes fast paced footwork combined with complex body isolations which are then punctuated by freezes at certain points throughout each routine creating an exciting visual effect on stage or camera when choreographed properly .

Hip hop has grown into much more than just music; it has become a culture all its own that encompasses many different styles of dance including breaking , popping , locking , house , etc., all while keeping its core principles intact – expressing yourself through movement while getting fit & having fun! So if your teen wants to explore this vibrant art form further then they should definitely consider enrolling at Institute Of Dance Artistry located in Plymouth Meeting PA where they will have access to professional instructors who specialize in teaching hip hop classes tailored towards teenagers – so why not give it a try?

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Dominick Boyd was raised in the Bronx, New York where he started his professional dance career at the age of 17. He has performed with artists such as Alicia Keys, Bad Boy recording artist 112, Omarion, and others.

Now Dominick Boyd resides in the state of Pennsylvania where he created his own dance company and training program Born Into the Arts (B.I.A.). In its nine years of establishment, B.I.A. has received many awards and performed at many prestigious places and events such as World of Dance, Prelude, and Dance Craze. Just recently B.I.A. was accepted onto the legendary Showtime at the Apollo.

Dominick's artistic motto is "dance is the image of sound and movement is the window to your soul." Dominick has been a hip-hop teacher and company choreographer at IDA for ten years.

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Kelli Moshen, Founder and Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s premier dance company Project Moshen, is also a dance instructor at Koresh School of Dance and a Barre instructor at The Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Since receiving her BFA in jazz dance from the University of the Arts, she has choreographed and performed along with her company in various Philly Fringe Festivals, The Philadelphia Flower show, Corporate Events for Genos Steaks, Morris Animal Refuge’s Furball, Koresh Showcases, Steps on Broadway showcase, and the Come Together Dance Festival. Kelli has worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Rennie Harris, Ronen Koresh, Melissa Rector, Scott Jovovich, Crystal Fraizer and Samuel Reyes.

Besides running her own company, Kelli works for Events Beyond Expectations (EBE) as a Master of Ceremonies performing at Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, galas and more. Kelli is also involved in the business aspects of dance. She has worked for McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) a prominent Dance Agency in New York City and Los Angeles and Broadway Dance Center where her experience has taught her how to operate her own company and teach in the professional dance world.

Kelli’s love for performing has not only inspired her students, but her colleagues as well. Kelli continues to broaden her dance technique by traveling to New York and Los Angeles to train.

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Rebecca Inman. has been a full-time instructor at IDA for 11 years. She is a graduate from University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance Performance. She has performed with several different dance companies in Philadelphia including Junto Society Dance Collective, Venus Dance and Flow.

Rebecca has also performed professionally with New Jersey's Surflight Theater in musical theater productions. Some of her leading roles include Belle in "Beauty and the Beast", Wendy in "Peter Pan", Cinderella in "Cinderella", and Glinda in "Wizard of Oz." 

She has been a featured dancer in "Damn Yankees," "La Cage Aux Folles," "Cabaret," and "Fiddler on the Roof."  Rebecca was also a principle dancer in Cygnus Contemporary Dance Company where she performed in the corps de ballet in "Coppelia," "Cinderella," and "Faust" with memebrs of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

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Fort Washington, PA 19034
215.628.0600
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Day 2: Hip-Hop & Jazz
Wed, Sept 2nd @ 6:00 – 7:30pm
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Sarah Dziomba is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator in the Philadelphia area. Originally from southeastern Connecticut, she grew up performing and competing across the country while staying involved in local musical theater productions. Sarah moved to Philadelphia where she earned her BFA in dance choreography and performance from Temple University. She also studied dance/movement therapy at Drexel University and worked with various populations including pediatric cancer patients, children with cerebral palsy, mental healthcare recipients, and breast cancer survivors.

Sarah has performed with Philadelphia dance companies Project Moshen and Blind Faith Project. She has also worked with independent choreographers including Tara Madsen Robbins, Alicia Sehn, and Tracy Kelsey. Sarah has trained and performed as an aerialist and was on staff at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts as a summer intensive dance instructor for teen aerialists in training. As a dance educator, Sarah believes that a passion and respect for dance as an athletic craft should be cultivated and supported.

Interested in taking her passion of movement, strength, and helping people even further, Sarah is training and studying as a new strength coach under the guidance of John Bair of Bair Knuckle Strength. She is a certified Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and is excited to begin this new venture that will help others increase the vibrancy of their lives through building strength.

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625 West Ridge Pike, Building C
Conshohocken, PA 19428
215.628.0600
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Open House at Plymouth Meeting
Wed, August 26th @ 5:00 – 7:00pm
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Amy Smith graduated with a BFA in dance from Temple University with concentrations in modern, jazz and ballet. She was a modern dance scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and was asked back for several years to assist. Amy continues to train and take class at Broadway Dance Center, NYC and throughout Philadelphia.

Amy has performed at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre as part of Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together Festival, the Koresh Artist Showcase, at The Producer’s Club in NYC, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC, at the Kraine Theatre in NYC, at the Teatro Centro Civico Eloy Alfaro in Guayaquil, Ecuador and has opened for BalletX in Philadelphia, to name a few.

As a choreographer, Amy has directed her own dance company, The AccoMpanY Dancers, which performed at Temple University, in Atlantic City, and throughout New Jersey. Her choreography was presented at the Capitol Fringe in Washington D.C., at the Koresh Artist Showcase, Koresh’s Come Together Festival, in many theaters in NYC and throughout Philadelphia.

As a teacher, Amy pushes her students rhythmically and artistically while focusing on dance as a performance art, not a competition. amysmithdance.com.

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Jamie Lipskin
is the founder and director of Institute of Dance Artistry. She has a B.F.A. in dance from Temple University with concentrations in modern and ballet. She is also the director of the IDA Repertory Companies and has worked to form a strong relationship between Institute of Dance Artistry and the Philadelphia professional dance community.

Jamie produces the Generations Dance Concert series featuring student and professional dancers helping raise money for various charities. Her choreography has been selected and performed at the Koresh Artists Showcase, Inhale Performance Series, and Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival. She also is a musical theater choreographer and has staged many great dance shows including West Side Story, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, and A Chorus Line. Jamie has performed with various dance companies and independent choreographers in the Philadelphia area in many venues including the Arts Bank, Drake Theatre, International House, Meetinghouse Theatre, Conwell Dance Theatre, Merriam Theater and Society Hill Playhouse as well as in several Philadelphia Fringe Festivals.

Jamie’s number one passion is teaching dance. She believes in creating a lively, energetic environment where students work hard to achieve their absolute best while generating an excitement and enthusiasm for the art of dance.

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Wendi Fisch began dance training at the age of three and still continues to study her art form. She became a serious student at the Tidewater Ballet Association in Norfolk, VA. under the direction of Gene Hammett. She was an invitational student at the School of American Ballet in New York City, The Royal Ballet in London, Melissa Hayden Ballet School and a scholarship recipient at the Joffrey Ballet. She performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov and New York City Ballet at Kennedy Center and the White House. Wendi was one of two dancers chosen to dance Balanchine’s Union Jack at Kennedy Center.

She has worked or studied with renowned choreographers and teachers ,including Alexandra Danilova, Edward Villella , Meredith Baylis, Francesca Corkle, Suki Schorer, Patricia Sorrell and many more. Wendi has been a guest artist for many companies including the Richmond Ballet,Washington Ballet and a member of the San Antonio Ballet Company and American Festival Ballet Company. She received a Bachelor of Science in Ballet/Music and Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Jacques Cesbron. While at Indiana, she originated roles in Carmina Burana for Jaques Cesbron and works for the opera with noted choreographer Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

She has performed lead roles in Gisele, Swan Lake, Paquita, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Balanchine works. She has been teaching for over twenty-five years throughout the country and the Philadelphia area and enthusiastically continues to teach and choreograph. Wendi has been involved in the preparation of her students participating in the Youth America Grand Prix competition and dancing at Regional Dance America. She has started numerous non-profit dance programs throughout the country that are still thriving today. Wendi uses her current pilates training to focus on proper alignment and body awareness while concentrating on a strong technical foundation. She believes in inspiring her students to follow their dreams with a solid work ethic, confidence, artistry and passion.

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Fort Washington, PA 19034
215.628.0600
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Day 3: Modern & Lyrical
Thurs, Sept 3rd @ 6:00 – 7:30pm
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