Never to Young for Hip Hop Dance

Hip hop dancers can start learning the basics as early as 3 years old, but it is also never too late to start taking a beginner hip hop course and working up to more advanced levels.

Julian Sanchez is 5 years old and loved to do flips and headstands. In fact there are many kids that follow online shows like FitForaFeast and get inspired to take up gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and other forms of building physical skills. Hip hop is one category of dance that is exciting, energetic and also is quite a workout.

After enrolling in a nonprofit dance school run by Erika Bozinovski with classes in break dancing and hip-hop dance for kids, including some that are barely out of preschool. Other family members include daughters, Katalina, 10, and Layla, 8, also signed up for hip-hop.

“We had seen the UW break dancers at Library Mall and Julian was intrigued,” his mother said. With dance class, her son found something in which he excelled.

“Julian is a child very much to himself. Break dancing is an expression of your individualness,” she said. “You’re working as a team, but there’s also that individual piece.”

A longtime dance teacher of adults and youth, Bozinovski was dancing since age 3 when she saw Michael Jackson dance on TV dancing to Thriller.  It began with coaching high school dance teams as she was learning more complex moves involved in hip-hop.“Dance studios know that hip-hop dance is very popular with youth today,” said Bozinovski, who stresses the dance form is its own genre, not something all dancers with backgrounds in ballet or modern dance are qualified to teach.

“I’ve taught for a lot of studios. Some of them get it and some of them don’t. There are a lot of techniques involved,” she said. “Hip-hop has a very rich history and community. It’s really all about liberation and creativity and voice.”

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Posted on February 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

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