It’s Time to Make Hip Hop Dance Class Your New Friday Night Scene

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If the sprinkler is your go-to dance move, this message is for you. There’s nothing quite as liberating as finding your flow, dropping into the beat, and letting your body move. Don’t believe us? Just walk by a hip hop class in session.  

What is hip hop dance? 

Hip hop dancing started as a street movement in New York City. Since then, it’s been adapted for the club, the stage, and the studio. From high school proms to the widely-acclaimed musical Hamilton, you can find elements of hip hop everywhere. 

As Benna Crawford notes in her history of hip hop dance, “Hip hop is so powerful it jumped from the curb to center stage in the 1990s and just keeps gobbling up performance turf. Popular hip hop dancers can rock a club scene, but they can also mesmerize a competition jury of dance experts or wow national television audiences.” During hip hop dance classes, you’ll move through high-intensity, low-impact choreography. So why not trade the dance club for the health club on Friday nights? 

Build confidence 

Sure, the waltz has gravitas. And tango has a dramatic flair. But hip hop dancing requires a particular kind of swagger. From the basic step-touch to pops, slides, and body rolls, the moves you’ll learn in a hip hop dance class will help you exude confidence and find your inner beat. Plus, if you’ve got two left feet, we’ve got some great news. Hip hop dance classes are a great way to build body awareness, improve coordination, and learn to love the way your body moves. 

Take the work out of workout

Don’t get it wrong—you’ll work up a sweat. But you’ll be so wrapped up in the flow of movements that you’ll barely notice. If you’re looking for a way to boost stamina, build strength, and whip your cardio into shape without slogging away on the treadmill, then take a beat. Dance and cardio go hand-in-hand, and these high-energy workouts will help you boost your overall fitness. 

Skip the hangover

There’s no shame in needing a little liquid courage to hit the floor. It’s easy to feel more confident busting a move with a drink in hand. Unfortunately, alcohol can undo a lot of dancing’s physical benefits. This is especially true if you’re trying to tone up. In fact, on average, it’ll take you 22 minutes of dancing to burn off that shot of tequila. So why not skip the extra calories (and hangover woes), and make Swell your Friday night dance scene? 

Start your weekend on the right foot with hip hop dance class

Hip hop dance classes are the perfect way to sweat out the stress of a long week and start your weekend on the right foot. If you’re ready to find your Friday (or Monday!) night crew, Swell is your new scene.