Hip-Hop Dance Class

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    Jul 30, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    So I'll be taking a hip-hop dance class this fall at the college I'm attending and I'm wondering about what clothes and shoes to wear? Should I go with a more street / urban look? Links and pictures would be appreciated.

    Also has anyone else taken a hip-hop Dance class? If so how was it?
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    Jul 30, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    I took some different ones but be careful cos some turned out to be woman hip-hop dance.. With a lot of booty shakes..
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    Jul 30, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    Hey mate,

    Here's a link to the videos my dance studio I go to have on YouTube. These are more intermediate-advanced routines but there are a few beginner ones.

    I basically wear baggy/wide clothing (x-large t-shirts and basketball shorts/track pants, gym clothes) and hi top sneakers with a good sole (for traction and turns). Anything that gives you freedom of movement and you're comfortable with is fine, for me if I look in the mirror wall and I hate what I'm wearing I don't dance as well. For my first few lessons I was pretty self conscious that the other people in the class would be looking at me but everyone is there to learn for themselves and they pay attention to themselves, wear whatever you suits you, 'cos everyone is getting sweaty and at the end of a class no one is looking pretty lol.

    This is one of my instructors, Jaymen, he's really great, his style is more mid skool and new skool hip hop but is into a lot of technical moves. I'm not in this one but we learned most of this routine which is one of my favorites this year.

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    Jul 30, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    ip_actuary saidI took some different ones but be careful cos some turned out to be woman hip-hop dance.. With a lot of booty shakes..

    Yeah I'm kind of expecting it to be pretty much all girls and I don't mind booty shaking. icon_cool.gif

    jim_e saidHey mate,

    Here's a link to the videos my dance studio I go to have on YouTube. These are more intermediate-advanced routines but there are a few beginner ones.

    I basically wear baggy/wide clothing (x-large t-shirts and basketball shorts/track pants, gym clothes) and hi top sneakers with a good sole (for traction and turns). Anything that gives you freedom of movement and you're comfortable with is fine, for me if I look in the mirror wall and I hate what I'm wearing I don't dance as well. For my first few lessons I was pretty self conscious that the other people in the class would be looking at me but everyone is there to learn for themselves and they pay attention to themselves, wear whatever you suits you, 'cos everyone is getting sweaty and at the end of a class no one is looking pretty lol.

    This is one of my instructors, Jaymen, he's really great, his style is more mid skool and new skool hip hop but is into a lot of technical moves. I'm not in this one but we learned most of this routine which is one of my favorites this year.


    Any particular brands or stores you got your stuff from?

    And wow that routine was awesome and looked like a lot of fun! I'm so excited for class.icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 30, 2010 4:13 AM GMT
    Yeah, check out lots of classes because there are a lot of different styles and every teacher will be different.

    I only really buy second hand clothing or sew my own but I go for really large basketball t-shirts (or band tees, my Iron Maiden one is wearing thin atm lol), a hoodie and elasticated waistband shorts. I'm not a full on Hip Hop person so I wear a lot of Metal or alternative styles I guess.

    But shoe wise I'm wearing Adidas Olympic series Hi Tops (the ones put out for the last Olympic games) but I need new ones and have my eye on these

    http://www.shiekhshoes.com/store/p-31650-puma-hooper-mid-perf.aspx

    and some Nike Air Force 1's which for me are the ultimate comfy sneaker.
  • calibro

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    Jul 30, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    what you should wear and what people wear are two different things. personally, you should be wearing tight fitting clothing that show the lines of your body (that's the reason people in ballet class wear tights; it allows you to actually see the body in the mirror so you know if you're properly aligned). most people hide under baggy clothes so it's basically impossible to watch your form. you need to have a really good pair of shoes, but that depends on the type of floor you'll be dancing on, i.e., is it wood, marley, etc... basically, you want your shoes to have traction so you can grip the floor, but they should ideally be able to "slide" as well. personally, i always wore dance sweats and a wife beater in hip hop classes with converse shoes.
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    Jul 30, 2010 4:31 PM GMT
    I usually go with a tight tank top, sweat pants, kneepads, and shoes with dependable traction.
  • Classyboy04

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    Jul 30, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    Dude, just be you. You dont have wear the latest gear to take a hip hop class cause you are going to sweat it out and runing them anyway. A nice t-shirt or tank,confortable loose jeans or sweats,and comfortable gym shoes to move around. A baseball cap wouldnt hurt either. Worry about the look when you are doing a performance
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    Jul 30, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    If its more for a work-out then I would wear work out clothes just to be comfortable because you will be sweating a lot! The less I have on the better when it comes to working out. We teach Hip-Hop classes in our gym and people usually just wear their work out clothes and comfortable shoes with good cushion and support. icon_smile.gif