Choosing the Best Dance Floors for Hip Hop Dancing

hip hop dancers on a hip hop dance floor

As to when and where dancing originated is hard to answer. All we know is that it has evolved over the years and we have seen a wide array of genres with the passing of time. There are many types of dancing across the globe: ballet, jazz, tap, modern, swing, belly, and folk, to name a few. However, for the younger generation, hip hop dancing is among the most popular. 

Hip hop dancing is believed to have originated in the vibrant streets of “The Big Apple”. A hip hop dancer does not do feminine moves like swaying the hips; he or she performs breaking, locking, and popping instead. With its dangerous nature, it is crucial to know how to choose the best dance floors for hip hop dancing to avoid injury. 
A dance floor should be slip-resistant.

Hip hop dancing includes locking; a move where a dancer needs to hold his or her position longer. It basically means to freeze’. Because there is always a sudden pause of movements in hip hop dancing, the dance floor should offer enough protection to keep the dancer from slipping. 
In addition to being slip-resistant, the best dance floors for hip hop dancing should be shock absorbent. This means they must be durable enough but soft on the joints and bones. Another famous move in hip hop is breaking. This includes making dance movements while the weight of the whole body is supported not by the feet but by the head or one hand. 

Perhaps it is called breaking because it can literally break your bones when done incorrectly. A shock absorbent dance floor has the capacity of absorbing almost half (50%) of the impact energy of the dancer landing on the floor. A concrete surface, just like the streets of NYC, has 0% shock absorption value. We could only imagine how crazy it is to do this type of dancing without protection.

These days, the best dance floors for hip hop dancing are sprung floors and vinyl. Because a hip hop dance is taxing in nature, sprung floors are recommended as they help lessen the impact. Dance floors with the vinyl surface are also a good choice. Creating and laying out a good dance floor takes a lot of money, space and time. If it isn’t perfectly leveled using precision laser levels and tools, then the whole thing could be for not.

While there are permanent dance floors that need installation, there are also portable ones like the dance floor rolls. Dance floor rolls are friendly on the wallet and versatile; you can bring them with you wherever you go. You do not need to pay somebody to install them; you can do the installation yourself using a heavy duty tape to keep them in place.

How to Hip Hop Dance

It’s a form of dance that first started in the early 70’s. This is a western dance, but it took the world by storm just because of its sheer exuberance. It was popular in all the social circuits, but primarily it was the dance of the socialites. This form of dancing was an integral part of the club culture during the contemporary 70’s.

You have to be very particular about the dress and shoes that you use while dancing the hip-hop style. To do it you need to have a good figure and also strong muscle power. You need to warm up before you start the hip-hop dance. It will increase your stamina.

This form of dance includes many body movements. So to do it you need to have a flexible body. Hip-hop dance does not need any formal training. The body movements also include the jumps, rotations and the breakages. This together combined to make the hip-hop form of dancing. There are different styles of hip-hop dancing also.

Chest movement is very much predominant in this dancing style. The chest is maneuvered in a particular style that tends to seem that particular portion of the body is popping out and this is called chest pop. Then there is body roll where the toes are crossed, and body seems to roll in a delicate fashion.

Four basic moves that every beginner Hip Hop dancer should know how to do are the Back Slide, Body Rolls, Ball Change and various Isolations.

The backslide is performed by bringing the heel up on the back foot with a forced arch and then sliding the front foot staying flat on the ground back to meet the foot that is arched. When they meet the foot being dragged back goes into a high forced arch, and the other foot now goes flat, you then repeat the move alternating with each sliding foot.

Body rolls are performed by dipping your chest towards the ground then arching your back and collapsing your chest and stomach as if you were just punched in that area. Body rolls can be performed using many different levels

Ball Change is a technique widely used in many forms of dance. The move is performed by separating your feet, normally hip-width apart and then you make a very small hop onto one foot while the other foot is lifted and placed in front of the foot that just hopped.

Various isolations are very important and require control and practice. You can start by isolating the neck by moving your neck side to side keeping only that part of the body in motion and the rest of the body still.

These are basic moves that anyone can practice and are safe to do without a dance teacher. Of course, watching a video demonstrating these moves would be helpful, and you have access to a professional dance instructor this would help expedite the learning process greatly.

People that practice Hip Hop dance will learn control of their bodies and connect their mind to their movements all while getting a healthy workout. Let the Hip Hop Roll since it is so free and very expressive and plain fun to do. A great way to learn Hip Hop is from a professional which you can find by calling up your local dance studio to see what classes they have to offer.