Fall 2019 - CA 120 E100

Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular (3)

Hip Hop

Class Number: 9782

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    GCA 4525, GOLDCORP



A studio course devoted to the development of movement skills through specific styles of dance. The content of the course changes every term including techniques in Bhangra, Afro-Caribbian, Hip Hop and Contemporary. May repeat for credit. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.


This is an introductory level course in which students will explore the fundamentals and foundations of Hip Hop dance including a small section on Breaking and House and the Funk style dances mainly Locking and Popping. Students will learn many party/social dances along with techniques integral to the understanding of these popular street dance styles. The history and culture behind these dance genres will be introduced throughout the course. Basic warm-up and conditioning exercises specific to these disciplines will be covered and a demonstration of basic grooving principles along with the repetition of movement will help students access and gain an understanding of their own dance ability. Basic rhythm structures in music paired with the introductory steps, technique and skills will help students develop their understanding and practice. Students occasionally will be divided into small groups and assigned practical exercises to experience learning in a shared work environment to create, develop and execute choreography and collectively explore the concept of freestyle. A midterm will be administered after all Hip Hop dance technique has been taught where students are required to demonstrate their understanding of the material covered up until that point. The final project will include having students execute a piece of choreography demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of techniques, musicality and other topics covered in this course with an additional goal of incorporating individual freestyle.


To gain an introductory knowledge of Hip Hop dance, street dance culture, terminology and the techniques essential to becoming proficient in the dance disciplines covered in this course.
To be able to demonstrate coordination, musicality, technique, stamina, use of dynamic movement, and the ability to sequence movement into combinations.

To become more comfortable with and understand the tools and techniques used for developing an individual expression through freestyle, an aspect of street dance essential to understanding the culture
To gain a basic knowledge of the music directly related to each dance genre covered in

this course. To learn to collaborate with peers throughout the course


  • Midterm 10%
  • Attendance, participation, engagement and integration of feedback 30%
  • Technical ability to execute elements covered in class 30%
  • Final assignment 30%



Students are advised that grades in studio courses are based on participation, progress, potential, and proper execution of the dance techniques/movements and choreography that are taught including successful completion of class assignments. Grades are deter- mined primarily by the instructor's observation of in-class work during the entire se- mester, therefore class attendance is crucial and mandatory and will inevitably affect final grades.

Course Content

Hip Hop Dance

Fundamentals: Up groove, Down groove, Forward groove, Back groove, the bounce Foundational steps to be covered throughout the course:
Fake, Skate, Prep, Happy Feet, Smurf, Biz Markie, Butterfly, ATL Stomp, Fila, Steve Martin, Pepper Seed, The Wop, Bankhead Bounce, Brooklyn, Popcorn, Shamrock, Bart Simpson, Monestary, The Alf, Humpty Dance, Party Machine, Roger Rabbit, Reebok, Upstairs/Downstairs, Hot Pants, Loose Booty, Scooch, Push’n’Pull, Kid’n’Play


Some 1960s and 70s Party Dances
Fundamental Technique: The Lock, Point, Up/Prep, Pace, Look, Give yourself 5 Foundational steps to be covered throughout the course:
Wrist Twirl, Back slap, Scooby Doo, Scooby Walk, Stop’n Go, Soul Step


Fundamental Technique: The Pop and Boogaloo Foundational steps to be covered throughout the course: Fresno, Twist-o-flex, Dime stops, Waving, Tutting


Fundamental groove: The Rock
Fundamental elements: Toprock, Footwork, Freezes Foundational steps:
Toprock steps: Two step, Indian step
Footwork steps: kick outs, 6 step, 3step, hooks, zulu spins Freezes: Ninja freeze, baby freeze


Fundamental technique: The Jack
Foundation steps to be covered throughout the course: Heel-toe, Swivel, Farmer Step, Jack in the box, Shuffle step

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html