Japanese Schools Now Require Hip Hop Dance Lessons

Compulsory high school education in Japan includes dance lessons. Specifically, young dancers can select hip hop, folk or creative dancing to meet their educational requirements.  This has also resulted in more youth competitions and contests across Japan. Criteria for judging at some of these competitions include dance technique, expression, originality, dance costume and precision.

The awareness of hip hop dance in Japan has also increased the need for kids to learn various dance moves and techniques.  Hip hop dance in Japan sure has come along way since it was first introduced in Tokyo in the 1980s.  Namie Amuro is one popular hip hop artist who is inspiring kids as she dishes out her own, unique hip hop style.  Some successful dancers go on to become successful stage dancers, choreographers and directors.

Read more about hip hop dance in Japan here.

Since the minestry’s mandate to make education more fulfilling, several martial arts and also dance is now a requirement in Japanese middle schools.  In addition to offering classes in sumo, judo, or kendo,  public schools now must offer courses in folk, creative or hip hop street dancing.  Students are actually preferring to take the street dance classes over the traditional styles.

Also in Canada, dance has been part of the core curriculum recently.  For online beginner hip hop dance lessons, visit HipHopCrusher.com.


Posted on September 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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