By Geo Hubela
Tell your students not to wait for the 5-6-7-8 to move. I always encourage my students to freestyle or groove to the music before a combination begins. When they’re standing still, it’s my mission to get them moving. Some students have trouble doing their own thing for fear of looking silly. I always encourage them to let the music move them. Freestyle is the biggest hurdle for hip-hop dancers to overcome.
During the last five minutes of class, let the kids freestyle one at a time. You won’t be able to drag some dancers out of the circle and you’ll have to force others to go in. This is a great time to let your dancers express themselves and develop their own style—vital for hip-hop dancers. At higher levels, I stress that they shouldn’t mimic the moves of other dancers. I say, “Do something different. Stand out and you will be noticed!”