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Street Dance Styles: Popping and Locking

Popping and locking seem like similar street dance moves however, they are two different dance styles which work brilliantly together. Both dance styles originated differently and have been combined since in many street dance performances.

Lil Beatz help all young children improve their street dance skills and learn all styles, including popping and locking. We offer street dance classes for all children aged 2-6 years old.
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What Is Popping?

Popping first came to light in the 1960s, starting with Boogaloo Sam in Fresno California. Whilst there are several different dance moves and origins involving popping, Boogaloo Sam invented “The Boogaloo” dance move. He then taught fellow members of his dance group, The Electric Boogaloos, how to use popping dance moves.

However, there are several other popping dance moves that can be used within street dance. This includes:

  • Animation
  • Dime Stop
  • Gliding
  • Isolation
  • Miming
  • Popping
  • Scarecrow
  • Snaking
  • Strobing
  • Strutting
  • The Robot
  • Ticking
  • Tutting

There are many different inventors when it comes to the original creation of different popping dance moves. Each dance move is completely different but uses elements of popping to create a fantastic dance style. For example, The Boogaloo is a fluid motion which creates the impression of having no bones, with the whole body being loose. Other moves such as gliding show you moving smoothly across the floor, so there is a lot of variation.

What Is Locking?

Locking originated slightly later than popping in the 1970s and was used as a specific style in Los Angeles. Its popularity quickly caught on and whilst the two began as their own unique dance styles, it was not long before they were combined together.

Locking was originally known as Campbellocking, having first been used by Don Campbell. Similar to popping, there are a range of different locking dance moves that can be incorporated into street dance. For example:

  • Alpha
  • Break Down
  • Floor Sweep
  • Funky Guitar
  • Jazz Split
  • Kick
  • Knee Drop
  • Leo Walk
  • Lock
  • Pacing
  • Scoo B Doo
  • Stop and Go
  • The Skeeter Rabbit
  • Up Lock
  • Whichaway
  • Wrist Twirl
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Differences Between Popping and Locking

Although both popping and locking are popular within hip hop and commonly used together, they are different dance styles that can be mastered. Popping is forcing your body outwards, similar to an explosion within the body, whereas locking is contracting these body parts.

Both can be done at different intensity levels but locking can also be identified by its distinctive stops. There are many different street dance styles that are combined together within street dance routines. However, popping and locking complement each other to create a fantastic routine and dance style.

Combining Popping and Locking

As popping and locking was around before breakdancing, the two styles were very unique and used separately. During the breaking era, popping and locking began to combine to create funky and fun dance moves.

When used together, the contracting from locking and expansion from popping fit together effortlessly. By learning both dance styles simultaneously, you can master different street dance styles and improve your dancing skills!

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Lil Beatz offer street dance classes for children aged 2-6 years old. Regardless of your current skills, you should always get involved in street dance and develop your dancing! If you think street dance could be a good option, do not hesitate to get in touch and book a class today.

We have street dance classes in North and South Blackpool, Southport and Wythenshawe. Visit our Facebook Page today or fill in our contact form to find out any information you need regarding our classes.

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How To Become An Amazing Street Dancer

Street Dancer

Becoming an amazing street dancer won’t happen overnight. It takes practice and perfection to make sure your dance moves are up there with the best. With our tips and help at street dance classes, you can always improve your dancing skills.

Lil Beatz offer dance classes for all children aged between 2 and 6. We want to help all young children become the best possible street dancer with our lessons and support.
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Watching Dance Videos

One of the best ways to improve your current skills as a street dancer is by watching other dance videos. Dance videos are great to show you the best dancers from around the world, as well as teaching you how to do specific street dance moves.

Whether dance videos are old or new, they could give you the inspiration to create your own moves and routines. As street dance is varied and there are a range of dance styles, dance videos and tutorials can help you with all aspects of your street dancing, even from a young age.

Stretching & Improving Posture

Even when you’re young, stretching and having a good posture will always help with your street dancing. By regularly stretching, you keep your body fresh and make sure you are ready to complete flexible dance moves and many street dance styles!

With a good posture, this will also help when it comes to perfecting certain dance moves. Whilst our dance routines are not too complex for younger ages, you should stay active so your body is ready for all activities.

Enjoy Yourself

If you are not enjoying your street dance classes, this makes it very difficult to improve your dance skills. To become the best possible street dancer you can, you must always enjoy yourself whilst practising street dance at home or coming to our street dance lessons.

From a young age, finding the perfect hobby is essential. It is never too late to try something new and street dance could just be the suitable solution. If your heart is not fully committed to street dance, it will be difficult to enjoy and harder to improve.

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Keep Practicing

When our street dance classes end, your street dancing should continue. Just because you are not in one of our classes does not mean you can’t practice street dance and improve your skills. Becoming an amazing street dancer means practising street dance wherever you can!

The more you practice, the better you will get. Whether this is individual moves, practising a full routine or learning new dance moves and styles online, this will all contribute to becoming the best possible street dancer.

Performing

Perhaps most importantly, becoming a great street dancer means performing. From a young age, performing will give you a massive confidence boost and help build your poise on a bigger stage. Performing can be nerve-wracking at any age but the best way to overcome this fear is to continue performing, doing something you enjoy.

With our street dance classes, we create a number of routines with all different age groups.  This allows us to help all young children begin performing at a young age. As your confidence continues to build, this sets you up perfectly for the future both in and out of dance.

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If you want to become a fantastic street dancer, get in touch with Lil Beatz today. Offering several street dance classes, we can book your class quickly and begin street dance immediately. Fill in our contact form to make an enquiry or visit our Facebook page to discuss dance classes in North Blackpool, South Blackpool, Southport and Wythenshawe.

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How To Choose The Right Dance School

Dance Studio

It is important to have a dance studio you can trust when encouraging your children to begin dance. If you are not comfortable with dance teachers or other children at the class, it makes it very difficult for your child to enjoy street dance.

Lil Beatz offer different classes for children aged 2-6. We want to make sure all parents are comfortable with our dance studio, encouraging your children as much as possible.
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Trusting Staff

Possibly the most important factor in choosing the right dance studio is the staff working there. Whether you are attending our classes in Blackpool, Southport or Wythenshawe, you can be assured of personal and caring dance instructors. At Lil Beatz, our dance teachers are all DBS checked, first aid qualified and fully insured. This includes:

  • Miss Zoe
  • Miss Shana
  • Miss Vicci
  • & many more

Now with five different dance teachers across our 4 franchise dance studios, you can be assured of dependable teachers for all street dance classes. Our dance teachers will also work with all children individually and in a group to improve their skills.

We are happy for parents to stay with us during any sessions, placing confidence in both you and your child. Once your child has a bit more confidence and you have reassurance, you are welcome to drop them off and pick them up after class.

Choosing Dance Styles

Another major aspect of your dance studio is considering the dance style your children would like to learn. Street dance is a creative and unique style that not enough young children get involved in. Whilst you could choose more traditional dances such as tap and ballet, street dance is one of the most enjoyable options for kids.

At our dance classes, we also offer many different interactive activities in addition to dance routines. This gives children a great opportunity to make friends whilst staying fit and getting into the groove of street dance. Street dance allows children to freestyle and take the initiative, unlike other dances. With many different street dance move, fantastic routines can be created with the right dance teachers.

If you are unsure about what dance class could be best for your child, street dance should be your first option. With Lil Beatz offering a 3-week trial, this gives you the opportunity to experience street dance and make sure you choose the right dance studio for your child.

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Dance Class Sizes

To help your child develop dance skills as much as possible, finding a dance studio with the right balance in their dance class size is essential. Too small and it can be difficult to interact and create a great dance routine. Too large and developing dance skills becomes very difficult without the right support.

Thankfully, Lil Beatz have four different dance studios is Blackpool North, Blackpool South, Southport and Wythenshawe. In addition to this, we have multiple classes every week to adjust for all age groups. We have dance classes for ages 2-3, 3-4 and 4-6. This allows us to help children with all different dance abilities and experience improve their dancing skills.

How Does The School Help?

Local dance studios are obviously more convenient and this can be very helpful for most parents. As Lil Beatz now has 4 different dance studios across the North West, we are making ourselves available for all children.

If your child is interested in street dance classes, Lil Beatz can always meet your needs. Not only does our dance studio make it easy for parents but our street dance classes can help improve fitness, creativity and friendships from a young age.

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For more information regarding Lil Beatz and our dance classes, contact us today. We can organise your initial 3-week trial and welcome all children into the Lil Beatz family. Make an enquiry and visit our Facebook pages or fill in our contact form today.

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Street Dance Tips For Beginners

Street Dance Tips

When getting into street dance at any age, having street dance tips can always be beneficial. There are many ways you can improve your dancing skills, as well as maintaining good fitness through dance. No matter what experience you have, you can always start street dancing and develop new talent.

Lil Beatz offer dance classes for young children aged 2-6 years. Our franchise is expanding throughout the UK, allowing all children to get involved with street dance. With our street dance tips, you are well on the way to becoming a superstar dancer.
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Learning Street Dance Moves

Street dance is all down to creativity. Whether this is your own creativity or copying the dance moves of other people, you’ve got to learn different moves. With our dance classes, we create a huge number of routines, helping to develop loads of dance moves.

There are now so many dance groups worldwide that can also teach you different dance moves. You can find tutorial videos online which can help develop your current dance skills, as well as showing you how to include this in your own dances. One of the best street dance tips for beginners is to learn from others and mastering different street dance moves is often the best way to do this. Just some of the most common dance styles include:

  • Breakdancing
  • Jerkin’
  • Krumping
  • Locking & Popping
  • Robotic Dance
  • Turfing

Learning different moves can always help you develop street dance skills, whilst improving your creativity to improvise more with your dancing.

Get Involved At Our Classes

With classes separated for each age group, all young children can interact with other kids their age. This can be ideal to help build confidence and gain friendships whilst at our dance classes. However, some children can still be very nervous!

As someone new to our street dance classes, the best street dance tips are always to get involved with the whole group. Parents are welcome to stay and encourage during each session and if you are short on confidence, we have many activities and warmups to get your child interactive with all dancing and activities. To learn new routines and improve street dance as a beginner, it is essential to get involved in our classes.

We help all children improve their dancing from a young age and can develop you for the future. Whether you are looking for a short-term hobby or have a real passion for dance, Lil Beatz offer the perfect option.

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Practice & Perform

Practice always makes perfect! Through the practice and repetition of dance moves, to performing routines within a group, you can always become an amazing dance. With our street dance tips and dance lessons, you can easily develop your skills from a young age and learn how to be an incredible dancer!

At Lil Beatz, we are always creating new routines for each age group, with classes for 2-3, 3-4 and 4-6-year-olds. Whilst it is important to step outside your comfort zone, we make sure all children enjoy street dance classes and have the support needed during every session. We offer the perfect platform for the youngest dancing beginners.

Begin Your Class

If you have a child aged 2-6 years, wanting to get healthy or involved in dance, they are always welcome at Lil Beatz. Whether you would like to discuss street dance tips or book your first class today, we are available to answer any queries. Visit any of our Facebook pages to get in touch or fill in our contact form for a fast response today.

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Join The Lil Beatz Franchise

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As we look to promote street dance throughout the UK, we want to expand the Lil Beatz franchise. With 5 franchises in Blackpool, Manchester, Southport & Bude, the Lil Beatz franchise is beginning to snowball. This is a great opportunity for any entrepreneurs and dancers looking to join our family.

Lil Beatz provide street dance and hip hop classes for all young children aged 2-8. Our goal is to setup the Lil Beatz franchise across the UK to get all children involved in street dance.
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Why Join Our Family?

Lil Beatz have a real passion to help young children stay active through street dance. Whilst many children get involved in other types of dance, street dance can be one of the most creative and enjoyable dance styles. We want more people to join the franchise who have the same passion and want to help young children stay fit.

Whether you want to set up your own business or you want to teach street dance, Lil Beatz gives you the perfect platform. We want to give every individual the chance to join our family and begin your successful journey in street dance.

Lil Beatz currently has four different franchises and with our two owners, you are guaranteed passion and drive to achieve something more than just a dance class. With this ambition, making a successful franchise is always made easier with the support of our owners.

Our Current Franchises

Currently, Lil Beatz have franchises based in South Blackpool, North Blackpool, Southport and have recently set up a new franchise in Wythenshawe. All of our current franchises have started brilliantly since our official launch in 2018, with more and more youngsters joining our classes every week.

With dance classes for ages 2-3, 3-4 and 4-6, we can make sure all children are involved with their friends and can develop their skills with children their age. Our franchises also available for children’s birthday parties, Lil Beatz is fantastic for all young children. With the addition of other franchises across the UK, we can continue to offer fantastic street dance classes for all young children.

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Becoming A Franchise

With four fantastic franchises already up and running, becoming a franchise should be a no-brainer. There are several perks you will receive when joining Lil Beatz to help create dance routines and build the brand in your local area. This includes:

  • Full Training & Support
  • Innovative Software
  • Marketing Support
  • Unique Music & Syllabus
  • Website & Social Media

With this support, your franchise can get off to the best possible start and always rely on us to help you with its setup. You will seamlessly fit into the Lil Beatz franchise if you share the same passion that we do and want to help young children enjoy dancing and performing, whilst staying fit and active from a young age.

With Lil Beatz, you have a proven dance class programme to help your franchise flourish. With marketing strategies also in place, this can help your franchise grow and bring more children into your dance classes.

If you want to own a business and have a passion for dance and helping young children stay active, investing in a Lil Beatz franchise can be the perfect step for you to take. With a promising future ahead, you can easily make a return on your investment.

Get In Touch Today

If you are interested in setting up your own street dance classes as part of the Lil Beatz franchise, get in touch today. Lil Beatz are happy to discuss your interests, ambitions and goals for the new franchise. Fill in our contact form or visit any of our Facebook pages for an immediate response. You can also speak to our team can call us on 0333 335 5034.

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Children’s Birthday Parties At Lil Beatz

Children's Birthday Parties

Finding the best venue and activities for children’s birthday parties is difficult. You always want your child to be excited and enjoy their birthday and Lil Beatz offer the perfect solution!

If your child loves dancing, having children’s birthday parties at Lil Beatz is the only option. We make sure all kids have a fantastic time and love every aspect of our parties. We can always come to your venue or location to provide all our parties.
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Why Choose Lil Beatz?

Lil Beatz want to promote street dance for young kids, whilst also making sure all young children have a fantastic time and stay active! Lil Beatz have several party hosts at every event to create a party full of dancing, games and activities.

We make sure there is something for everyone at every birthday party, making sure all children get involved. Our parties, of course, include street dancing so if your child has a passion for dance, this is the perfect party. Whilst we know not all children will want to get up and dance, we try to make all our activities fun and interactive so children of all ages can boost their confidence and join in with everyone.

Invitations & Party Bags

We understand the faff of setting up children’s birthday parties! That’s why we always offer a helping hand by organising tailored Lil Beatz invitations for boys and girls, as well as making your Lil Beatz party bags for all children.

We try to make this as personal as possible, whilst also making sure you have no stress planning the party. With your own Lil Beatz host and helpers also available, this party is great fun for all children.

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Prices & Activities

Our parties last for a duration of 1 hour with activities including:

  • General Party Games
  • Singalong Songs
  • Street Dancing
  • Other Fun Activities

We offer children’s birthday parties like no other and can always discuss what you would like for our events. Our party packages start from £100 and will include all these features but we can put even more in our parties if you need us to.

Our parties are recommended for ages 3+ and require a £40 deposit to secure your party. With every party package, you will also receive a £10 voucher for Lil Beatz merchandise!

Book Your Party

Children’s birthday parties at Lil Beatz can be the perfect opportunity to get your child involved in an active hobby and begin dancing! If you would like to book one of our birthday parties or want more information, contact Lil Beatz today. You can get in touch by visiting any of our Facebook pages for Blackpool North, Blackpool South and Southport.

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Learning Street Dance Styles

Young Street Dance

There is a huge range of street dance styles and finding your strengths can always develop your overall performance. Street dance is the perfect choice to be creative with your dancing, with different styles constantly being created!

Lil Beatz offer the perfect platform for all young dancers to develop their dancing skills and learn street dance styles.
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Breakdancing

Breakdancing is possibly the most famous street dance style, originating in the 1970’s of New York City. Whether you are head spinning on the floor or performing flips, this is all part of the breakdance style. Breakdancing had a big influence after featuring in the film Flashdance in 1983. Since then, breakdancing has only grown bigger and better.

Floating

This street dance style isn’t exactly how its described as it may not teach you how to actually float. Floating aims to create a smooth and contained movement. Typically using the feet, this creates the illusion of someone floating across the ground. Whilst this dance style creates a particular dance move, it can be used throughout street dance. The three basic moves of floating are:

  • Gliding
  • Sliding
  • The Float

Each move creates the impression you are floating across the ground. Whilst this is a tricky skill to master, it can create one of the best dance moves.

Krumping

Krumping is one of the newest street dance styles, showing that new dance styles are always being created. It contains a lot of jabs, arm swings, chest pops and stomps and is a freestyle dance move that works flawlessly with breakdancing, hip-hop and b-boying. Los Angeles is one of many places where krumping is becoming a popular style. Krumping was originally created in the early 2000’s but has since evolved into an expressive and energetic dance style.

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Turfing

Based on a method of storytelling, turfing is very improvisational and is a free-form dance style, with dance moves coming from a range of different traditions. Containing moves such as tutting, flexing and waving, turfing can create dance moves like no other, being extremely free-flowing, based on your own creativity!

Locking & Popping

Locking and popping are two different street dance styles, however, used together they create the perfect combination. Popping is more of an explosion of your body parts, which is why this combination is so good, combining a mix of an explosion and quick contraction. Locking is used to contract and tighten your body parts into a certain position.  You can always identify locking by distinctive stops as body parts move into different positions. This is where a fast movement is stopped, unlike popping. These two street dance styles create a fantastic motion in dance performances.

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Robot

The robot is similar dance style to locking and popping, however, focuses on using only robotic dance moves. There have been many examples of how not to do the robot! However, it can be a good dance move to use when in contrast to a smooth flow of music, whether you are using stiff arms or head movements.

Jerkin’

Jerkin’ is another more recent hip-hop trend that has made its way into the street dance styles. Involving twitchy dance moves, jerkin’ is an unconventional dance move that involves in and out leg stretching.

Lil Beatz always want to incorporate a range of street dance styles into all dance performances. Our dance classes offer the perfect opportunity for children aged 2-6. No matter what current ability you have, we can develop your street dance skills and teach a range of styles. Join our classes today and get in touch with Lil Beatz.

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We teach a range of street dances.

Dance Skills

Are you interested in taking up a new hobby? Lil Beatz offer the perfect opportunity to develop your dance skills whilst making friends and having a great time. With many classes available for all age groups, you are always welcome at Lil Beatz!

Welcome to Lil Beatz! Lil Beatz aim to make toddler dance classes fun and enjoyable, teaching a range of street dances starting at ages as little as 2 years old. If you have a passion for dance, Lil Beatz offer the perfect opportunity to develop your dance skills from a young age, whilst gaining new friends and enjoying yourself throughout dance classes! Lil Beatz love taking on new toddlers and those who already have a little dance experience. Specialising in street dance with several classes available, we can always find your area of expertise within street dance. Located in Blackpool, we are happy to take on boys and girls ageing from 2 to over 4s.

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Our Classes

The three classes we have available are different for age groups. With our street dance style, we have three classes available to keep different age groups together and teach your children as one! Our three classes are:

  • 2-3 Years – Lil Boppers
  • 3-4 Years – Lil Hip Hoppers
  • 4+ Years – Lil Top Rockers

You are never too early to start dancing and we want to help all young children develop their dancing talent! We want all our students to be creative, develop their talent, but most importantly, enjoy themselves. Regardless of your age, you can always join the Lil Beatz community as long as you love to dance.

Get In Touch

If you would like to start your dancing journey and sign-up for dance classes, do not hesitate to contact Lil Beatz. We can always discuss class times, age groups and street dance styles before booking your first dance class. Fill in our contact form to make an enquiry.

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