July 2014 | 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Holiday Helpers

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By Geo Hubela

Tip 1
For the last week of classes before holiday break, I recommend letting the kids come to class in hip-hop holiday-themed clothing. We have three rooms of classes running per hour, and each class learns a short holiday hip-hop routine. Make the steps easy and repetitive—for example, slides and freestyle poses—so the students don’t stress about remembering. Most of all, make the steps funky and fun.

During the last 15 minutes of class, the kids collect in one room and each class performs its routine. It’s like a holiday show all week long!

After all three classes have performed, we have a big freestyle circle together. When it comes to creating the impromptu dance routines, have a playlist of holiday hip-hop music ready to go, and change it up for each class.


Tip 2
To find hip-hop holiday music, search for holiday and Christmas remixes on YouTube; you will be surprised at how many options there are. Use keywords such as “funky holiday,” “hip-hop holiday,” “Christmas remix,” “holiday dubstep,” etc.

Look up albums like Merry Mixmas: Christmas Classics Remixed and Christmas Remixed: Holiday Classics Re-Grooved on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play Music. A classic is “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-DMC and a cool remix of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Busta Rhymes and Jim Carrey from the soundtrack of the 2000 remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.