Age range: Good for 7-18 year old
Estimated Time: Give yourself some time! This interactive takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Key Technology: Teachers can choose to stream this video on a computer and project it onto a screen or whiteboard with speakers or to let students watch individually on computers with headphones.
This performance explores the Hip Hop dance and music movement including beat boxing, breaking, locking, floor work and top rock.
Viewing Strategy: As you watch, stay focused on your purpose for viewing. Find out what the different elements of Hip Hop are and what influenced its development.
Before you get started, think of what you already know about the Hip Hop movement. Keep this in mind as you watch the performance.
As you watch, keep a list of the different terms that the performers use to describe their dances and movements.
After each part of the performance, sum up what you have learned.
- What are the different aspects of locking?
- What is “B-boyin” or “B-Girlin?”
- Why is the Hip Hop movement so appealing to so many?
- How can you “bring your character to your dance?”
- In what ways can the Hip Hop movement lead to multi-generational discussions and interaction?
- What types of dance influenced the development of Top Rock?
- What are some of the pieces of equipment needed to DJ and play hip hop music?
For the Educator
Have students read the following CNN article.
Discuss the ways in which the arts can transcend cultural differences and bring people from all over the world together.
Have students create their own Hip Hop inspired self-expression through one of the styles seen in the video clips.
These video clips showcase several different aspects of Hip Hop culture including Beat Boxing, Breakdancing, Locking and Top Rock as performed by Full Circle Soul.
- This interactive lends itself to large-group or individual viewing as well as to both individual and group research.
- Discuss with students what issues they think face the Hip Hop Generation. Brainstorm a list of potential solutions including community and local efforts as well as those at the national level.
- Read the following article aloud http://www.fullcirclesoul.com/nytimes_insight.pdf and discuss the following:
- What are the stereotypes of Hip Hoppers?
- How can such stereotypes and misconceptions be debunked?