Dance Classes Singapore: Are You too Old or Uncoordinated to Learn Hip Hop?

Are You too Old or Uncoordinated to Learn Hip Hop Dance Classes in Singapore?

Hip Hop Classes Singapore: Currently the most popular street dance that has taken Singapore by storm, hip hop dance classes are taught in most dance schools in Singapore.  Following the latest trendy songs by the latest pop artistes, hip hop dance classes feature popular music by pop stars like T-pain, Fifth Harmony, Maroon 5, Beyonce and more.  Many people who love to listen to these songs then look to dance (and exercise) to their favorite songs, but they are sometimes hesitant to attend a hip hop dance class. 

Why?
Common assumptions by beginner hip hop dancers include:
I am very uncoordinated, and hip hop is a very fast dance, I will not be able to follow and learn the steps in the dance classes in Singapore.
I am too old to learn hip hop dance.  Hip Hop dance for young children and teenagers.

Let me address these mistaken assumptions and sooth your worries about being able to learn and enjoy dancing hip hop.

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#1  "I am very uncoordinated, and hip hop is a very fast dance.  I will not be able to follow and learn the steps in the dance classes in Singapore."

All types of dances seem hard when you first start to learn them in the dance schools.  If you feel awkward and totally uncoordinated in your first few hip hop dance classes, you are not the only one.  Everyone feels like this when they start their first class in any dance school in Singapore or anywhere around the world!

This is due to a "culture shock" in the physical and mental sense.  When we first start our hip hop dance classes, we are not used to the movement and flow of hip hop.  As such, we feel weird when we move and cannot seem to get our hands and feet moving correctly.  It takes a while to get the groove, which is getting the body moving in the right rhythm and beat, and sometimes it can take 3 to 6 months before you feel comfortable doing the moves in your hip hop dance classes. 

If you do feel stressed out, don't worry!  Remember that you are here to learn dance.  Enjoying yourself is the first priority.  Don't judge yourself too harshly, and learn at your own pace.  It's ok not to get every step right.  Have fun first, and you will master the moves once you have practiced it for 100 times!

If you feel that you are a slow learner, this article "Hip Hop Classes in Singapore: 5 Tips for Beginners", gives you great tips on how to learn those moves faster in your dance classes and remember them!

I also find this Salsa article very useful as it shows different avenues on how a dancer can learn and grow through the dance and how to become good, if not great dancers: "Salsa Dance in Singapore: 5 Tips to Work Your Way to the Top!"


#2  "I am too old to learn hip hop dance.  It is a dance for young children and teenagers."

A recent Mediacorp TV8 show "Super Senior (长辈甜心)" featured 4 artistes in their late 40s to 60s engaging a group of kids in a hip hop dance battle.  If they can dance hip hop, you can do it too!  (Check out the Hip Hop dance battle here!)

 Dancing & Teaching HipHop for Mediacorp "SuperSenior"

More mature students are generally afraid to attend hip hop dance classes in Singapore because they are afraid that the class will be full of teenagers and kids.  Although hip hop dance does attract a lot of kids and teenagers, dance classes are segregated to make it more conducive for students of different ages to learn.  We have kids hip hop classes, teens hip hop classes, open hip hop classes and senior hip hop classes in our dance studio.

Hip hop dance classes are a great educational and positive outlet for kids and teens who have an abundance of energy.  Working adults enjoy dancing and exercising to their favorite hip hop songs as well as learning funky and groovy moves to use on the dance floor.  Senior adults find their trendy and "hip" personalities through hip hop dance classes.  For the young and old, hip hop is a great form of exercise as well as an opportunity to nurture the artistic side. 

See our timetable for the various hip hop dance classes in Actfa dance school Singapore.

See our students dancing: Kids Hip Hop classes, Open Hip Hop classes, Senior Hip Hop Classes

 

So remember, everyone feels out of sorts when they attend their first dance class, whether it is Hip Hop, Salsa, Ballet or Tango.  We have to be patient with ourselves and allow ourselves to be students and learn.  Give it some time, don't give up and the steps and the groove will come.  Soon you will find yourself having a blast in your hip hop dance classes and maybe even perform hip hop dance in Singapore!

 

- Starlinn, May 2016

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Starlinn Actfa DanceSTARLINN CHOO YANQING joined the SFDF program in 2004 while studying in NUS, training 12 hours a day; she completed her SFDF, Diploma & IHDC courses in 3 years, using her teaching income to finance her classes in Diploma & IHDC. In 2008 she pursued her IMDC Dance Business & is now doing her 3 years IPHDC Dance Product Research. While pursuing her IHDC she was already traveling around the world for assignments. more


Bianca Actfa DanceBIANCA enrolled in the SFDF course after A-levels. Within 6 months she was dancing as a backup dancer for MTV. She has also traveled to many countries like Germany, UK, Taiwan & Hong Kong to teach & perform, & was offered a position to dance in a few Musical plays. 


 Libin Actfa DanceLB, a masters degree holder working for a MNC, decided to do a career switch after he completed his SFDF. He then worked as an International Sales Manager in dance products, an international artist & dance instructor. He is the Singapore Bachata Champion 2008 and the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship behind Serge and Polina from Russia in 2010. more


manfred Actfa DanceMANGGOH was one of the elite few selected for the Mediacorp Dance Academy in 2000. He graduated from NTU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and used to work as a Project Manager in the IT Industry. He passed his examination & evaluation for SFDF and is currently doing his Diploma & IHDC. more


maricel Actfa DanceMARICEL, a professional dancer from the Philippines, joined SFDF in 2009. In less than a year, she has performed at the Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2009, Salsa Cruise Asia 2009, & has also been to China to teach & perform. In 2010 she was offered a full time dance instructor job in Singapore. She has since gone on to set up a dance studio in the Philippines and comes back periodically to upgrade her skills.


rachel Actfa DanceRACHEL an undergraduate in NTU joined the SFDF in 2010 and was offered to open a dance studio in China.  She has taught and performed in Guang Zhou, Shen Zhen, Hong Kong, Singapore.


 derrick actfa danceDERRICK has over 20 years of dance instructor experience with more than 30 types of dance. He was granted an exemption from SFDF after taking an examination & evaluation and signed up for the diploma & IHDC simultaneously.


tamil actfa danceTAMIL, a professional dancer & teacher actively involved in competitions & performances for Hip Hop, Bollywood, Indian Dance. He was teaching dance in secondary school and choreographing for SYF. He joined the IHDC program to further his training as a dancer & teacher in 2009.  Since joining the IHDC, he has taught, performed & competed in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan.


brenda actfa danceBRENDA joined the SFDF when she was 13 years old and was hired to teach and perform both locally and overseas after 6 months. She was also financing her own dance study while teaching private dance classes.  Under the SFDF, she was the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship 2010 and Singapore Bachata Champion 2009.  She was given opportunities to teach in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China.

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