Once you master these sequences, you may advance to more intricate steps.
Grooves are basic moves that form the foundation. Once you master these steps, you will be able to combine them to create different routines. While you stand in front of a mirror, you will watch your teacher perform grooves. After watching, you will have an opportunity to practice them. Watch yourself in the mirror to see how well you are matching rhythm and movements.
Routines and Choreography
After learning a few grooves, you will become ready to progress to simple choreographed routines. Your teacher will begin teaching you a routine that features steps you have mastered. Watch and listen to your teacher closely during the demonstration, so you can repeat it when the class begins practicing.
Pickup and Transitions
Learning grooves and remembering them is known as “pickup” in hip hop dance classes. The more you practice and dance, the better you will learn the moves.
Students also need to become adept at transitions, which involve changing between sets of eight counts. This transition typically involves a small movement, often not discerned or noticed by new students. Once you learn this skill, you will move more gracefully through a routine.
With and Without Music
You may learn steps with or without songs. Learning steps without music enables you to learn how to dance to counted rhythms instead of music. Dancing without music can be an effective way to teach fundamental rhythm skills. Dancing without songs also enables you to slow down the rhythm while you are learning a new routine. Your teacher will count aloud while you practice to keep track of the rhythm for you. Pay attention to the counting, so you learn which grooves match with the rhythm. Typically, a teacher will count aloud, “Five, six, seven, eight.” Then, the instructor will begin to count for your dancing with the number “one.”
After you learn the basics of a new routine, your teacher might switch to practicing with music. Rhythm often increases with music, so expect to dance faster once a song begins. If the class has difficulty keeping up with some songs, the teacher might switch to songs with slower tempos. It is often useful for students to learn how to groove at a variety of different music tempos for flexibility.
Have fun in your hip hop dance classes. With continued effort and practice, you will soon become an experienced dancer.