Hip Hop Classes

Studio West Dance Academy is proud to welcome dancers to The Beat Box Hip Hop Dance Studio. The Beat Box provides an environment for dancers of all ages to have fun while gaining foundational knowledge and training in Olympia’s growing community of hip hop dance.

Our focus is hip hop, but we aim to promote cross-training in many different styles of dance and movement to provide skills that will allow dancers to thrive both personally and professionally.

Tiny Hoppers

A perfect introduction for your tiny movers to the world of hip hop dance class and choreography. Basic class skills and fundamentals are taught through games, activities, movement exercises and routines. 45 minute class for ages 4-5.

Beginning Kids Hip Hop

An introduction for younger dancers to class structure, movement fundamentals and choreography. Activities and exercises will introduce dancers to hits, grooves, and levels. Elements of freestyle are included as well as structured learning with choreography. 60 minute class for ages 6-7.

Beginning Pre-Teen Hip Hop

An introduction for pre-teen dancers to class structure, movement fundamentals and choreography. Lessons and exercises will introduce dancers to hits, grooves, and levels. Elements of freestyle are included as well as structured learning with choreography. This class is also recommended for some dancers as supplemental learning for Hip Hop 1 or 2 because of its continued focus on fundamentals. 60 minute class for ages 8-12.

Beginning Teen Hip Hop

An introduction for teen dancers to hip hop movement and choreography. Lessons and exercises will introduce dancers to isolations, grooves, levels, footwork and more. Elements of freestyle are included as well as structured learning with choreography. 60 minute class for ages 12+.

Intermediate Teen Hip Hop

Intermediate hip hop choreography class. This class will continue to develop the skills built in Beginning Teen and Hip Hop 2 – and begin to push dancers in their freestyle development and choreography retention. Lessons and exercises will develop dancers in isolations, grooves, levels, footwork and more. Elements of freestyle are included as well as structured learning with choreography. 60 minute class for ages 12+.

Beginning Adult Hip Hop

An introduction for adult dancers to hip hop movement and choreography. Lessons and exercises will introduce dancers to isolations, grooves, levels, footwork and more. Lots of fun!  60 minute class for ages 18+.

Hip Hop 1

Level one hip hop choreography class. This class will continue to develop the skills built in Beginning Kids, as well as introduce concepts of musicality, effects and style. Freestyle development and choreography retention are key elements of this curriculum. 60 minute class – faculty placement.

Hip Hop 2

Level two hip hop choreography class. This class will continue to develop the skills built in Hip Hop 1 and begin to push dancers in their freestyle development and choreography retention. Musicality and choreography are more complex in this level, group work and showmanship are key elements of this curriculum. 60 minute class – faculty placement. *Beginning Pre Teen is a good alternate for this class.

Hip Hop 3

Level three hip hop choreography class. This class is for advancing dancers who are committed to strengthening their skills in choreography, performance, freestyle and execution. Curriculum will continue to develop complex musicality challenges, choreography retention skills and group work. 60 minute class – faculty placement. *Intermediate Teen is a good alternative for this class.

Hip Hop 4

Students approved for Hip Hop 4 should demonstrate strong texture, levels, choreography retention and showmanship. The curriculum will include advancing challenges for the same skills covered in the previous level, as well as individual expression and exploration as a dancer and artist. Choreography and content is complex. 60 minute class – faculty placement.

Community Hip Hop

Our weekly drop-in class features new guest instructors every week! Our goal is to create an environment for our students to experience diversity in choreography and instruction to supplement their regular training. Students will experience instructors from Portland to Seattle and more, with this wonderful addition to our curriculum. This class can be taken on a drop-in basis or as a regular, weekly class throughout the school year. This class does not replace Hip Hop 3 or Hip Hop 4 but is a great supplement to those foundational classes. Open to all ages 10+ for intermediate/advanced dancers. Content and choreography may be mature. 60 minute class. *Not suggested as a solo class for any dancers advancing through the program, supplemental only.