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Hip Hop Camps for Boys & Girls this Summer

Posted by Helen McCarthy on Jun 9, 2017 4:59:34 PM

Hip hop is a style that has been rapidly growing in popularity, and now competes with the leading dance styles. But what is hip hop? After learning a little about the rich history of this unique dance form, you might see the large impact that this piece of the the dance world has! Who knows, you might even think about enrolling you child in one of Dance to EvOLvE’s awesome Hip Hop Summer Camps in San Diego and Chicago!  

This relatively new American dance style debuted in the late 1960’s with the advent of hip hop music. The craze spread in the 70’s with the rise of professional street crews, who were not conventionally trained dancers. Complex rhythms of hip hop music combined with the down-to-earth style of traditional African dancing inspired the creation of many disdinct genres of the dance style, with the most prominent being breaking, locking, and popping. While all these techniques are different, they share their roots in street dancing and the improv style.

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Interestingly enough, hip hop styles evolved differently on the different coasts. The East Coast is said to be the real start start of hip hop, and best known for the style of breaking. In contrast, the West was later to adopt the style and better known for artists being more robotic with their movements. Something that both of these coasts had in common was the formal and informal competitions that kept this style of dance unique and thriving in the 1980’s. At these competitions dancers pushed themselves to their creative limit to show off their own personalized technique and tricks.

In the next decade hip hop started to break into the mainstream fad dances. Moves such as the running man, the worm, and the cabbage patch were very popular in the 90’s and coincided with revamped hip hop music culture. People who were not “hip hop dancers” started to learn these moves, and in doing so, propelled the status of the dance further into popular culture. 

Moving into the 21st century, the hip hop style remains in the forefront of the dance scene. As the style continues to evolve dancers are constantly upping the ante as hip hop has become a mainstay in popular culture. It has come a long way from its beginnings as a street style, as it is now practiced on stage and taught in many dance schools. Hip hop is a popular style of choice for performances and music videos for recording artists, and it is not hard to see why. Unlike some other more traditionally structured styles, hip hop allows dancers endless opportunities to explore fast paced, fun moves movement in his or her unique way.

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Now, after learning about the rich history of this unique dance style are you thinking that hip hop classes for boys and girls are something that your dancer might like? You’re in luck! At Dance to EvOLvE we love offering hip hop classes to our young dancers. And, we are even more excited to devote an entire week to the popular style this summer - the perfect way for your dancer to experience a taste of this awesome style! Our hip hop summer camps in San Diego and Chicago are loaded with fun games and activities in addition to, of course, our awesome dance classes! These are great for boys and girls of all ages, though enrollment does vary depending on which location you choose to attend. We can’t wait to share this dance style that has so much rich history to offer, and to see all the new moves that your dancer invents over the course of the week!

If you are new to the style of hip hop and not sure how to prepare you little one for a hip hop camp in San Diego or Chicago have no fear - it’s easy! Just make sure your dancer wears appropriate shoes (sneakers are great) and comfortable clothes (sweats and t-shirts are perfect!). All this and a healthy lunch and your dancer is ready for loads of high energy fun!

Already enrolled in another Dance to EvOLvE summer camp? Great! When you sign up for camps at different locations you get a 15% discount with the second camp!

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Summer Dance Class Themes with Dance to EvOLvE

Posted by Helen McCarthy on May 27, 2017 8:14:01 PM

Summer is fast approaching - crazy right!? With the kids home all day without school you are going to want activities that keep them active, involved, and social. Luckily, at Dance To EvOLvE we have been hard at work planning themed weeks to keep our our current kids dance classes fun and fresh this summer!

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What better way to kickstart the summer than to dance outside? The summer themes begin with Dance Outside Week, where dancers get to enjoy the beautiful weather that comes with the new season (or lack thereof at our San Diego locations). Teachers often choose to spend the games portion of class outside, or even teach their entire class in the fresh air! These activities will be in safe, shady areas, but be sure that your dancers bring plenty of water on this day so that they stay hydrated! 

The fun outdoors doesn't end there – get ready for anything and everything bubbles on Bubble Day! Teachers might add an under the sea mermaid twist to the theme or opt for a more whimsical take on the idea. During game time dancers will have an opportunity to venture outdoors to play with all types of bubbles. From large bubbles they can chase with friends to small bubble wands they can twirl around with, your little one will have many opportunities to find creative ways to incorporate bubbles into movement and dance.

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During Beach Week we bring the tropical mindset to the studio! Our San Diego students are already familiar with the sandy beaches by the ocean, so this is a fun way to incorperate their favorite summertime activities into dance class. Dancers at our Chicago locations will get to travel to more coastal shores without hopping on a plane. On beach days dancers get to dress in their favorite beach-going attire – a super fun way to switch up their normal dance class routine. Beach themed games will be set up during the allotted game time. Sure to be a blast! 

Families, you will get a chance to put on your dancing shoes and learn a few steps from your young dancer during Parents Get Involved Day! This class is all about being a part of the Dance To EvOLvE family, so you definitely do not want to miss out. You can look forward to some partner dancing with your little one, and they will love to show you what they have been learning in class. Older dancers will also have the opportunity to teach their families some new moves they learned – a super fun activity for all participants that is guaranteed to improve dance parties at home.

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Switch Up The Style Day is a great way to expose our students to different dance styles that they might not have learned before! For example, classes during this week could potentially incorporate some hip-hop moves into a ballet/tap class. Teachers might choose to change up small sections of the routines throughout the class or simply change the entire class to a different style. The possibilities are endless with this theme, and we can’t wait to see the unique ideas our teachers come up with!

The Dance to EvOLvE team is excited to experience the creativity and laughter that our themed summer classes bring – from enjoying the great outdoors, to fun with costumes and bubbles, to seeing YOU bust some moves on the dance floor! Be sure to keep your eye of for these special classes on the announcement page so that your dancer is a part of the fun!

If you are looking for other ways to keep your little one active this summer, look no further than our Dance To EvOLvE summer camps! We are hosting a wide range of themes and locations this summer that are a perfect way to creatively focus their energy, keep their minds active, and build friendships outside of school. Go check them out!

 

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Dance Party & Birthday Ideas for Kids

Posted by Dance To EvOLvE Team on May 10, 2017 6:30:01 PM

Parties are always a special time for kids, and if you’re anything like me, ensuring all kids' dance parties or birthday shindigs are perfectly planned out is priority number 1 when it comes to the little ones. However, sometimes a dash of inspiration is needed to make sure your parties aren’t a complete flop. 

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There are a plethora of different ways to create the best birthday or kids dance party you and your family will remember for years and we have some great ideas you can use for your next party.

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If you love the thought of a themed party but can’t seem to get the formula right to pull one off, Dance To EvOLvE hosts dance parties for kids that you can tap in to! Our San Diego location has many different themes, but don’t worry Chicago parents, we’re not leaving you in the cold! Dance To EvOLvE also has great birthday party ideas for kids in Chicago that you’re more than welcome to check out here. We cater to any and all children, so finding a theme that best suits your child will be a piece of cake with us. Do they have lots of energy almost 24/7? Are they into dressing up and wearing costumes? Here at Dance To EvOLvE, we make it a priority to ensure your child has the best time having the most fun with us. Does your child like to play the hero and save the day? Then our Superhero Party would be the perfect fit. Maybe they like to use props and obstacle courses. Then our Kids on the Move Party will sure to keep your child up and moving while also having loads of fun. The possibilities are endless! One thing is for sure. Dance to EvOLve definitely knows how to throw an awesome dance party for kids!

First things first. The question we all run into when planning a party is “where do I start?”

 That’s easy! Start by choosing a theme best suited for your kid. There are a lot of great dance party ideas for birthdays you can incorporate that will be a sure hit for your child and their friends. Do you need some inspiration? Dance to EvOLvE hosts parties that we know you'll love. We have a great selection of themes of any birthday party ideas for kids in San Diego you can find here. However, if you’re more of a DIY individual, then here are a few ideas you can use for your kid’s next birthday:

Arts and Crafts Party

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 Throwing an arts and crafts birthday party where kids can make their own crafts is a great way to keep their creativity sharp while also giving them time to socialize with their peers. Arts and crafts are so versatile, it can really range from small scale projects to big ones as well. It's one of the many great ideas, especially for birthday party ideas for kids in Chicago when the weather may not be great for outdoor parties. You can create different stations that kids can visit and participate in. It’s an awesome and inexpensive way to keep their imagination flowing and also gives parents more art work from their very own child for safekeeping. 

 Movie Night Party

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If you’re hosting a birthday party, but want something parents can also enjoy as well, movie nights parties are great options. If you're on the west coast, birthday party ideas for kids in San Diego definitely needs to take advantage of the nearly perfect nights we have. Have your child choose their favorite movie and have a large screening of it for his/her friends and family. You can create a concession section filled with movie theatre candies and LOTS AND LOTS of popcorn. Not only will the kids enjoy being outdoors under the stars, but parents also can enjoy a night out with their kid.

Neon Party

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Who doesn’t love anything glow in the dark? Throwing a Neon birthday party is a fun theme for any child that will leave them in awe. A neon theme is a perfect dance party for kids, but you don’t have to end it at just wearing neon and bright clothes. Let the kids have some fun with glow in the dark paint and let their creativity soar. You can even use mini glow sticks as party favors, get some funky tunes playing, and start a neon dance party that will sure to leave everybody talking about it for days.

Whether you're looking for birthday party ideas in Chicago or San Diego, Dance to EvOLvE has got you covered. At the end of the day, all that matters is your child is having fun, whether it means throwing a Superhero Birthday Party or hosting a Royalty of Fairyland Party. We want to make sure kids are having fun and with the dozens of themes we have and your personal creativity, there’s no doubt your child will have the time of their lives during their next party.

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