This week as I was chatting with a parent about various class options for her young daughter, she mentioned that Daddy said hip hop dance classes were out of the question.
I didn’t push the issue but it got me thinking… hip hop dance classes aren’t just for booty-poppers! There is a stigma out there.
With hip hop, it is easy for people to assume that a certain level of inappropriateness is involved. This may be the case at some studios if they aren’t taking the time to consider what is and isn’t age appropriate.
Just like any program you involve your family in, it is smart to do your research and ask questions. Here is what to ask when considering a kids’ hip hop class.
Five questions to ask
-Does the teacher use age appropriate music? (This should include content as well as curse words.)
-Is the teacher a positive role model that your dancer can look up to?
-How does the instructor teach above and beyond the classroom to incorporate life skills?
-Is the movement about having fun and creating a positive message or is it about something you’re not comfortable with as a parent?
-Overall, does the dance program you are considering seem professional and family friendly?
Exposing your dancer to something you and they aren’t ready for, is never a good idea. On the same note, I’d hate for a kid to miss out on an amazing class that could do wonders for their confidence because of preconceived conceptions.
When done right, your little dancer should feel amazing afterwards. They should be sweaty, happy,and confident after learning something that presented the right amount of challenge mixed with fun.
If this is not the case, I recommend trying a different class, teacher, or dance company. Ask if the program you’re considering offers a trial class option. If they don’t, see if you can observe the class before signing up.
Whatever you do, don’t knock hip hop until you give it a solid chance and explore the various opportunities available.
Brittany White, director Dance to EvOLvE