Hip-hop is a part of modern global youth culture that was born in 70s and became popular till the end of the XX age. Hip-hop it’s a dance for different people united with love to music, movements, self-improvement and youth culture.

Dance Centre Myway invites you to hip hop classes in specialized studio in Kiev. Hip hop classes are held groups in the modern dance halls by address: 3 Dovzhenko str., Kiev (Shulyavska metro St.). Enrollment in hip-hop groups is open during all year!

History of style

The first who coined the term of hip-hop was Afrika Bambaataa - a DJ and a popular leader of the black community in the South Bronx, which along with Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. He identified five pillars of hip hop culture:

  • MCing;
  • DJing;
  • graffiti;
  • philosophy knowledge;
  • breaking

The last pillar put the beginning of the one of the most powerful modern dance styles.

The style was based on funk popping and locking that has occurred in Campton, California and spread all over USA.

Like a krump style (krump it’s a young American dance style that seems like a fight but carrying quite peaceful philosophy) an outdoor learning of hip-hop served to youth as alternative to fights, drugs and other crime that flourished in deprived neighborhoods. Hip hop battles could teenagers to sort things out without fists and weapons and gave them the opportunity to prove his point and throw out the simmering emotions in dance.


Golden age of hip hop

Close connection to hip-hop music and release of few dance movies on the screens that have become cultic for several generations have contributed pretty much to its popularization. Born in New York by the end of the 1990s hip-hop has taken root and become mainstream for youth culture in many countries on different continents: in France, the UK, Germany, Korea, Japan, Australia, Russia, South Africa and others.

By approach of the millennium hip-hop began to appear in TV shows on major TV channels MTV, VH1 and BET, Cinemas, music charts, and in the awards and ceremonies like Grammy, American and World Music Awards.

Hip-hop battles and contests

Significant indication of strengthening the position of hip-hop has been the emergence and globalization of international competitions, like ballroom, folk, rock & roll and modern championships.

Battle of the Year (BOTY) is a team competition of breaking founded in 1990 in Germany. This contest is held in the format of several regional competitions, the winners of which are involved in the final international championship in the French city of Montpellier. Hip Hop International: World Hip Hop Dance Championships. The competition of hip-hop founded in 2000 in USA. It involves both teams and dancers one by one. Each team should consist of 5-8 people and to perform choreography in 3 hip-hop styles.

Juste Debout. The street competition founded in 2002 by Bruce Ikengy in Paris. Competition categories include popping, new style hip-hop, locking, house, toprock and experimental.

United Dance Organization: World Street Dance Championships. The hip hop competition founded in 2002 in UK. You can participate in it in solo, duets, quadruples or in teams. UDO also arranges European Street Dance Championships and USA Street Dance Championships.

Red Bull BC One was created in 2004 by the same named company produsing energy drinks and its held in many countries. 16 b-boys from around the world are fighting for the title of champion.

Modern hip-hop

Conservative representatives of hip-hop style state the fact that presented in today's media hip-hop has nothing in common with the origins old school hip-hop. As they said a real hip-hop can only exist within the underground culture that lives in the depths of every big city.

The confrontation of street and commercial cultures led to the birth of many styles, subspecies and variations of hip hop choreography that are constantly born, develop and intersected among themselves:

New style and lyrical hip-hop - it’s a studio response to street hip-hop that was born in circles of originally jazz dancers and choreographers and exceed with hasteless rap or R & B music.

New style differs from the underground hip hop with advanced rhythm, plastic, elegant manner and borrowed from jazz elements such as relevé, pirouette, strained foot and tassel work. The first concept of lyrical hip-hop introduced the choreographer of SYTYCD-4 Adam Shankman and Tabitha and Napoleon have become the first performers of. Unlike the classic hip-hop his followers prefer ballroom instead of Battle and choreography instead of freestyle. jerkin is a modern dance style of hip hop. It was born in LA in 2008 and basis on foot movements like jerk, reject, dip, pin drop and others. A symbol of style have become tracks: New Boyz "You're a Jerk" and Audio Push "Teach Me How To Jerk", and its distinctive attributes has become wild combinations of multicolored skinny jeans, bright sneakers and funny t-shirts that creates a street party mood.

Hip-hop heels it’s a female variant of hip hop dance that has much in common with the jazz-funk and combines the energy of hip-hop, jazz technique, catwalk, posing and compulsory performance on heels. The legislators of style were American choreographers Andye J, Sheryl Murakami, Jonte and Ukrainian team Kazaky.

The most outstanding choreographers of hip-hop: Kyle Hanagami, Nick DeMoura, Tucker Barkley, Keone Madrid, Shaun Evaristo, Pat Cruz, Vinh Nguyen, Lando Wilkins, Lyle Beniga, Ian Eastwood, Les Twins, Gigi Torres, Jawn Ha, Mike Song, Jun Quemado, Bam Martin, Lawrence LAW Devera, Kenzo Alvares, Sanchez, Brian Puspos, Moon, Diablo, PacMan, Robert James Hoffmann, Chachi Gonzalez, Emilio Dosal, Tony Czar, David Moore, Marty Kudelka, Sisco Gomez, Andrew Baterina. The most popular hip-hop music and musicians: 50 Cent, Akon, Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo, Clueso, Coolio, Cypress Hill, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Eminem,

Explicit, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Kelis, Lil Jon, Lil' Wayne, LL Cool J, Lloyd Banks, Lucas, Ludacris, MC Hammer, Nelly, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Onyx, Sean Paul, Timbaland, Will Smith, Wiz Khalifa, Xzibit, K-Maro, M.I.A.,Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Ciara, Beyonce, New Boyz, Tyga, Usher, Nasri.

What to wear for hip-hop classes?

Classic fashion for learning hip-hop is free and easy sportswear. It can be wide or intentional narrowed pants (following fashion of the last years), baggy T-shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys and tops. Also it could be sneakers for feet and hats and caps for head. We are glad to introduce a hip hop dance wear line created especially for you! This line is available in Myway Dance Wear Shop.

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