By Geo Hubela
Dancers must have endurance to keep movement looking strong, clean, and sharp from the beginning to the end, especially important in hip-hop battles. To improve dancers’ stamina, incorporate hip-hop movement into aerobic interval training, and keep the dancers moving for at least an entire song, repeating simple steps. Remember to work levels too.
From the back of the room, step the right foot toward the right corner (into second position) on 1; on “and,” throw and wrap the arms around the body. Step left to the left front corner on 2 in similar fashion; on the “and,” open the arms wide. Alternate right and left for 8 counts.
Traveling backward, step back on 1 on the right foot toward the back right corner, arms above the head with bent elbows; on the “and,” drop the arms to the sides and bend the knees while hunching over. Repeat to the left and continue for 8 counts, alternating sides. Repeat forward and back, for a half to full song—two to three minutes.