Beginner Hip-Hop Dance Steps

by Tom Tennant
Master hip-hop dancing in four moves.

Master hip-hop dancing in four moves.

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Thinking about becoming a hip-hop star? Then it's time to master the four moves every beginning hip-hop dancer must know, according to Sharie Stuart-Ican, owner of Rock City Dance in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The moves include the back slide (or moon walk), body rolls, ball chance and various isolations. They are moves anyone can practice without the aid of an instructor.

The Back Slide

Perform the back slide by bringing the heel of one foot up with a forced arch and then sliding the other foot back to meet the first. Repeat the first move with the "slide" foot; bring it up in a forced arch while sliding your first foot back to meet it. "It's important to keep the sliding foot completely on the ground as if you are trying to wipe something off the bottom of your shoe," says Stuart-Ican. "Many variations are completed using this dance step."

Body Roll

To perform a body roll, dip your chest toward the ground, and then arch your back and collapse your chest and stomach as though you were just punched in that area. Body rolls can be performed at different levels and in different ways, such as dipping low to the ground or staying upright. "People who learn hip-hop dance will gain control of their bodies and connect their mind and spirit, all while getting a healthy workout."

Ball Change

"Ball change" is a term used widely in dance and is performed by placing your feet hip width apart and then making a small hop onto one foot while lifting your other foot and placing it in front of your first foot. "Ball change is used widely in choreography, but [especially in] hip-hop as a form of dance that allows unrestricted movements," says Stuart-Ican. "And it is one of the more difficult styles of dance to master, since it is ever changing."

Various Isolations

Various isolations are very important and require control and practice, says Stuart-Ican. Start by isolating the neck by moving it side to side and keeping only that part of the body in motion (isolated). Then move the head back and forth. Once you've mastered that, try moving the neck in a circular motion. The same technique can be applied to the chest and stomach.

About the Author

Tom Tennant began writing professionally in 1994 and has served as a journalist and editor for a number of weekly and daily newspapers, as well as several trade publications including "Corporate Meetings & Incentives" magazine and "Healthcare Traveler" magazine. He works as a content marketing team leader for a well-known software company. Tennant graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in communication.

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