5 Questions To Ask For A Kid-Appropriate Hip Hop Dance Class
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 at all 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 with some teachers and studios if they are not taking the time to consider what is and what isn't age appropriate. Hip hop dance classes can be found just about anywhere these days and just like any program you involve your family in, it is smart to do your research and ask questions. Here is what to look for:
-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? Click here for an example of a dance company that is clear about how they hire their teachers.
Exposing your dancer to something you and they aren't ready for is never a good time. On the same note, I'd hate for a kid to miss out on an amazing class that could do wonders for their confidence just because mom or dad didn't give it a chance. Hip hop dance classes are a very popular outlet for people nowadays and can be so much fun! Click here to see an example.
When they are done right, the dancer should feel amazing about themself afterwords. 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 do not, 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.