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Hip-hop for 9-yr-old, without sexy moves & music?
My 9-yr-old daughter wants to take jazz/hip-hop dance, but everything
I've seen in this genre (friends' kids performances, camp dance group)
has little girls performing seductive moves to raunchy, explicit music.
Any recommendations for something less sexualized? Am I just way out of
Destiny Arts Center should have just what you need. Check it out at
My 10 and 12 year olds really enjoyed Destiny Arts Center hip hop dance
classes and summer day camp. I would say that the instructors were
conscious of the adult nature of some hip hop music and were judicious in
their choices. Plus, they have some great dance and martial arts
Hip Hop Dance lessons for 10 year old girl
My 10 year old would like to try out hip hop. A patient teacher that takes
the time to really teach the kids would be a bonus. Any recommendations for
evening or weekend classes that meet in the Berkeley/Oakland/Orinda/Lafayette
area ? Thanks so much!
- she really wants to dance!
Kids 'N Dance'N Theater Arts has great hip hop classes in Oakland
and Lafayette. Check out kidsndance.com
Destiny Arts Center in North Oakland!
A Destiny parent and fan
I didn't see the original post, but I'd strongly recommend Cerrito Dance
Arts (near Potrero/EC del Norte BART). Fabulous and low key dance studio
with great hip hop.
I highly recommend Drew Looner! He teaches hip-hop, b-boy and b-girl styles
to kids, and he is FANTASTIC. His music is totally appropriate content.
His moves are inspiring and fun. He teaches at La Pena, 4 pm mondays. My
daughter *loves* it. Mommy's lil b-girl
Hip Hop Dance Class for 8 year old Boy
I'm looking for a hip hop class for my 8 year old son. He loves to dance at
home, but is shy about taking classes. Does anyone have recent experience with
the classes at Destiny Arts Center, or other places? I'm looking for a Saturday
My 8 year old daughter has been taking a class at the downtown YMCA
and she really likes it. there are 2 other boys in the class and their
teacher does a really good job of making all the movement ''gender
neutral'' (as well as picking family friendly music). The class is for
7 to 11 year olds and they run in 8 week sessions throughout the year.
Also, they usually let you try a class out for free if you ask the
teacher before you sign up so he could see if he would like it.
My son loves the hip hop classes at Destiny Arts Center! He's been
taking classes at Destiny for 18 months. The kids in the 7-12-year-old
class represent the full age range, which is great -- the older kids
help the younger ones. The class is high energy, and the kids always
seem to be having a good time. The Destiny community is wonderful, and
all their classes are backed up by the themes of community building,
developing non-violent solutions to problems, and building
Breakdancing or Popping classes for 16-y-o daughter
My daughter who is currently 16 years old is interested in taking some
beginners breakdancing or popping classes. She has never done dance
before but she has been very active with soccer and
cross-country. Does anyone have any recommendations for places in the
East Bay or San Francisco that specialize in those styles? Thank you
Try The Beat over on 9th St (off Parker) in Berkeley. The class is
every Saturday from 2-3:30. It's a good group of teens that real
seem to enjoy the class.
My 19 year old son will be home from college this summer. He wants
to learn how to read music and take a beginning jazz dance class.
Anyone know of a good jazz dance class for his age group?
Have you looked into Shawl-Anderson's? It's near the Rockridge BART station. They have
classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop and Pilates for dancers of all levels and ages. I
modern dance classes there as a child and now my daughter takes classes there.
Looking for a dance instructor for private lessons to help my
husband and I learn some of the more current dance styles. I
used to dance quite a bit, but haven't for a number of years, and
so am feeling just kind of at a loss when we go out to dance now.
Would like to get lots more practice doing high energy aerobic
dancing that is current. Any help or ideas would be great.
Wanna get back in the groove
Contact New Style Motherlode Dance Studio on College in
Rockridge. They have AWESOME group cardio hip hop classes, a
great hip hop performance group, and really incredible
5451 College Ave. 597-1056
Lateef is the hip hop teacher at the Y in Berkeley, and he is
an absolutely incredible teacher and dancer. Contact the Y
for his contact information.
My 16 year old son is interested in learning to breakdance.
He is very athletic and we are looking for suggestions on
classes or an instructor that is affiliated with a gym.
I would recommend he try a class at The Beat (google it), a dance
studio in Berkeley, taught by Binly. His class is on on Saturdays from
12:30-2 and anyone can drop in. Binly teaches all ages and levels and
the class is small enough that he can do it all in one class. He's
really good and patient and it's a completely non-competitive, relaxed
My 7 year old daughter is very interested in learning hip hop. Does anyone have any
recommendations for a class afterschool in Berkeley, Albany or El Cerrito? I am aware of
both Destiny Arts and the East Bay Dance Center, but was hoping for something closer so
that I can juggle pick-up/drop-off schedules for both of my kids.
I have two daughters who attend Katie's Dance studio on San Pablo in El
Cerrito. They are in tap, jazz, acrobatics and hip hop classes. They
love it! The classes are offered at various times. They are just now
beginning the new semester, so now is a good time to contact them.
Katie's Dance Studio in El Cerrito (on San Pablo, across from the Guitar
Center) has hip hop. It's a fun, but serious studio. My daughters (5 &
7) took tap and jazz all this past year and loved it.
Looking for a hip hop or jazz dance class for
my 9yr old son. He loves to dance! He is so agile
and feels the beat! I am having trouble finding
something for his age group. Any suggestions?
Try Katie's Dance Studio on San Pablo in El Cerrito. Both of my
daughters have taken
jazz, tap and hip hop there and love it. They are thrilled to have boys
dance there, and
recently started a new class just for boys around your son's age. I
think it is on
Thursdays, but call to find out. (Boys are also integrated into classes
with girls, if he
Amazing choreographer and dance teacher Lateef Swain is teaching
two inspiring hip hop classes - FOR BOYS ONLY - at the Rhythm
Room Dance & Movement Center in Lafayette (phone: 925.283.4801,
website http://www.rhythmroomdance.com/). The atmosphere is
great, the music is cool and I am sure your young dancer will
have the time of his life while rapidly developing his talent.
a mom of a dancing boy
You might want to try Flamenco dance for your son. It's a really
fiery, rhythmic and fun dance form from Southern Spain that is
very machismo for boys. There are also a lot of opportunities to
watch Flamenco in the Bay Area (check out www.sfflamenco.com for
monthly listings of local performances by many different groups)
so he can see it and decide if he would like to try it. As far as
a teacher goes, there are many, but I would recommend Yaelisa.
She is an awesome artist who really connects with the kids,
teaches them to respect the art form and keeps their attention
easily with healthy challenges. She also sets up performances for
the kids, which I think is neat. She has kids classes (ages 6-12)
in Alameda and Berkeley. Here's her website with class info:
Best of luck! The bay area is full of dance!
Kids 'N Dance has Hip Hop for age 8-12 on Mindays at 5:00. There are
boys in the
class and you are welcome to do a trial class. We are at 3841
Macarthur Blvd. in the
Laurel District. 510-531-4400
For martial arts, hip hop, african dance and more, have you
tried Destiny Arts at St. Augustine church on Alcatraz near
Or Malonga Casquelord Dance center (formerly Alice Arts Center)
at Alice St & 14th St downtown Oakland? This is a state of the
art facility. http://aliceartscenter.org/
Katie's Dance Studio in El Cerrito prides itself on welcoming
and encouraging boy dancers. Call to ask to visit some classes.
-- El Cerrito mom
Does anyone know of a really good hip hop dance class for teens in
Berkeley that has
summer classes. I'm looking for a class for an experienced dancer, which
New Style Motherlode, in Rockridge. It's the real deal.
My daughter, who's 6 1/2 would like to take hip hop dance
classes, does anybody know of a good teacher in Berkeley?
World Dance Center, at the top of Solano Ave., has hip hop
classes for kids your daughter's age. I don't personally know
anyone who's taken that class, but their other classes are
great. You can view their schedule at:
Corey Action at New Style Motherlode in Rockridge is excellent.
I just saw a flyer at Head Over Heels for hip hop classes for
ages 6-9. It's a 60-minute class, and if you have one of the
flyers, you can try one class free during the month of
September (flyers are inside the gym). Classes are Tues and
Thurs 5-6 p.m. Head over Heels is located at 1250 45th Street,
Suite E in Emeryville. Phone 655-1265. While Emeryville may
seem far, it's pretty easy to get to. HOH also has gymnastics,
I'm looking for hip hop/jazz/modern dance classes for my 13 yr. old
daughter that are fun but somewhat structured where she would also learn
about dance (not just hip hop aerobics). Preferably in Berkeley or nearby
(Oakland, Albany or El Cerrito would be OK too).
Any one have any recommendations?
The Beat Berkeley
CitiCentre Dance Alice Arts Center, Oakland
Destiny Arts Center Oakland
East Bay Dance Center Oakland
Katie's Dance Studio El Cerrito
Have you tried No Sweat on Solano Ave. In Berkeley?
There is a dance studio on Solano in berkeley called No Sweat which offers
classes in hip hop on tue and thur at 5:30pm
Do you know someone under 18 who likes to dance?!? It's just that simple
to join our family and to enjoy Hip-Hop music and its culture.
FUTURE SHOCK is the under 18 group of CULTURE SHOCK
Future Shock practices are Sundays from 12-2 at Club One.
No charge for Troupe members.
Club One at City Center/Oakland
1200 Clay Street
For more information and directions please call:
email CSSF13 at cs.com
There is a hiphop dance class offered at the Albany YMCA. Call
525-1130 for info.
The Albany YMCA is starting a hip-hop etc. dance class for middle school
kids near the end of the month. Call the Y for more information.
Several of my 7 yr. old's friends have taken what sounds like a great dance
class held at a church near the bottom of Marin near San Pablo Ave. in Albany.
We're thinking of starting. It's taught by a woman who specializes in West
African dancing. Her name is DeLisa. I got her card at the Solano Stroll. I
don't know off hand what age groups she teaches but you can call her at 524-2807
I would recommend Rhythm and Motion, which is located in a great old
sewing machine factory at around 7th and Mission in downtown SF.
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