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Why Is Dance So Important?

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Dance is much more than just learning a routine and from a young age, it is an important activity for children to be immersed in. Not only are there many benefits of dance for children but this is part of a lifestyle and culture that anyone can get involved in.

Lil Beatz offer street dance classes for children aged between 2-6 years old. Our classes are the perfect opportunity for young children to stay active and enjoy dance!
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Self Expression

Dance is perhaps the best method of self-expression. Whilst every dance style has its own unique take, street dance allows every child to be self-expressive and completely improvise in many situations. There are many different types of street dance, such as breakdancing, allowing all children to find a dance style they love and create their own moves and routines.

Dance is also another form of art, which appeals to many different people, whether you are watching dance or getting involved in it yourself. Street dance can be one of the more positive dance styles, with an explosive and energetic style to make it very enjoyable for all children getting involved. Although not everyone will love dance, it is important to give children this opportunity of self-expression, allowing them to use their own imagination.

Community & Culture

Dance comes from many different cultures, depending on the dance style that you want to join in with. Not only does this give children a good education into different cultures and where dances originated from, it will bring you into a community who share the same passion for dance and wanting to learn different dance routines.

Being part of a community from a young age can inspire a lot of confidence into children, helping them making friends and learning other people’s backgrounds, with the shared interest and hobby of loving dance. With age groups from 2-6, our dance classes can help children make friends before nursery and school, improving their confidence with interaction from other kids.

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Entertainment

In a world where everyone seems glued to their phones and TV screens, dance provides a nice break and a different source of entertainment. Whether you are a parent who loves watching their child dance or the child learning routines and showcasing your dancing skills, it provides entertainment for all and variation from scrolling on Facebook or watching YouTube videos.

Every child should have a hobby and dance is one of the best to be involved in. Entertainment doesn’t just come from dance either. Being involved with other children will help all kids make friends so they are always having fun and enjoying their street dance classes.

Exercise & Staying Active

Problems with obesity and diabetes can start from a young age, demonstrating why it is so important for children to exercise and stay active. Although there are several different ways of doing this, dance is effective to help all children stay fit.

This will set you up for later life and give you the best opportunity to maintain fitness and avoid problems with your heart, obesity, diabetes and other issues that could occur. Street dance is a very active dance style and will only improve fitness. By regularly dancing, you can ease any worries and keep your body in great condition from a young age.

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For more information on why dance is so important, join the street dance classes at Lil Beatz. We have classes throughout North and South BlackpoolSouthport and Wythenshawe. You are always welcome to join our classes if you are aged between 2-6, regardless of your current skills. Fill in our contact form today or visit our Facebook page to make an enquiry.

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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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Is Street Dance In Your Future?

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Whilst street dance may only seem like a hobby right now, it can actually be a great career path. Nobody knows what they want to do when they are young but street dance can always help with creativity, as well as getting young children involved in a range of dance styles.

Lil Beatz help all young dancers begin their street dance careers. We develop your skills during fun dance classes so it can always be part of your future.
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Beginning Street Dance Classes

If your child is always dancing around the house, signing them up for dance classes is the best way for them to express their enthusiasm and improve their dancing talent. Whilst there are many dance styles, street dance can be a much more fun option for many young dancers. Plus, street dancing is much cooler than any other dancing styles!

Street dancing has been performed in the best music videos and by the best artists for years now. Giving your child the opportunity to learn street dancing could set them on a fantastic career path or at least give them the chance for this with some basic dancing skills under their belt.

Range of Street Dance Types

Unlike many dance styles, there are several types of street dance. These dance styles can be used in individual dances or all combined into one routine. At Lil Beatz, we give every dancer the chance to show off your own dance moves to create the best routine. Just some types of street dance include:

  • Animation
  • Breakdancing
  • Hip Hop
  • House
  • Krumping
  • Locking
  • Popping
  • Tap Dance
  • Techno

With so many street dances, you can always find your strengths and learn many different dance skills. Our classes are available for ages 2-6 years, so no matter what your dancing is like, we will help you improve! We want every young dancer to learn their strengths and enjoy all street dance classes.

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Can You Be A Street Dancer?

Developing your skills from a young age is the best way to help you become a street dancer. If your son or daughter already has a passion for street dancing, it is essential you sign them up for classes. The only way to improve your dancing is through regular practice and working with our dance teachers at Lil Beatz, your children can learn so much about dance in a short space of time.

Age has never been an issue with dance, with many young dancers going on to be successful. It is never too early to begin your dancing career and with our dance classes, you have the perfect platform to excel in dancing. Even if you decide street dancing isn’t the right style for you, it gives you fantastic dancing skills for the future.

Learning With Lil Beatz

Lil Beatz aim to be the first choice for all dance classes throughout Blackpool and Southport and expand throughout the UK to help all Lil ones who just love to dance! If you would like to begin your dance classes, book today! You can also get in touch through any of our Facebook pages for Blackpool North, Blackpool South and Southport.

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5 Reasons to Start Street Dance When You’re Young

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Not many children or toddlers know what they want to do in life! Street dance is a fantastic opportunity for all toddlers and young children and starting young is the best way to develop your skills. Our street dance classes help all ages improve their street dancing and could help you in the future.

Lil Beatz offer classes from ages 2-6. No matter what talent you currently have, we can help you improve through fun street dance classes.
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Socialising

Not only will your children be socialising in our classes, they are learning with children their own age who also have an interest in dance. Finding friends who have similar interests and enjoy the same hobbies as you are fantastic for all children.

Street dance classes are a great opportunity to meet young children who also love dance. Whilst your first few sessions may be nerve-wracking, we always want to help you grow your confidence. All our current Lil dancers are growing every week and you can follow in their footsteps.

Staying Fit

Not all children want to play football or go swimming. Finding alternative options to keep your children healthy and make sure they get their exercise is important. Street dance and other dance styles are the best ways to do this and it can even help with coordination for young children and toddlers.

Whilst fitness may not be your top priority as a parent, it is something you should keep in mind. Many people can suffer from obesity and this can start from a young age. In order to keep your child healthy and give them the best opportunity in life, dancing can be massively beneficial.

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Dancing In The Future?

Whilst your Lil ones are currently just dancing for fun, there are many ways that dancing could be beneficial. Even if you don’t see this as a potential future route for your children, there is no harm in getting them involved.

For many teenagers and adults, dancing and street dancing has become a fantastic art form. It is also something that has brought great success to many individuals and groups. Getting young children involved in street dance from a young age will give them the best platform for dancing in the future. If this is something they aspire to achieve, getting your children involved should be a priority.

Improved Confidence & Self Esteem

In addition to socialising with new friends, this can also help to build the confidence and self-esteem of young children. Especially if your child is struggling to make friends or find activities they enjoy, street dance offers the perfect solution.

Lil Beatz understand just how difficult this can be for some children, no matter what age you are. We always offer the support you need in every lesson to get you involved and make sure you’re never too shy to learn routines and begin dancing.

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Being Creative

All young children need to be creative and street dance is a great way to utilise that skill. Street dance is one of the best dance styles to help every individual be creative. Using improvisation and different routines for every member of our group, your creativity will be boosted.

We want to help every dancer bring out their creative side whilst fitting into our street dance routines. With dancers from 2-6 years, it is never too late to begin your dancing journey.

Book Street Dance Lessons!

If you would like to book street dance lessons or find out more information about our classes in Southport and Blackpool, contact Lil Beatz today. Visit our Facebook pages for Blackpool or Southport or book your class now!

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Busta Beatz Is Back In 2019

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In 2018, Busta Beatz was introduced to the dancing world through Runna Rabbit. Now Busta Beatz is back to once get everyone involved in street dancing. Whether you are a young dancer or an active grandma, Busta Beatz wants to see you dancing!

Lil Beatz want to encourage all young dancers to get involved with street dance and Busta Beatz. We run several street dance classes2-6-year-olds olds to take part in and develop their skills.
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Wheels On The Bus

After showcasing his funky dance moves in Runna Rabbit, Lil Beatz now present, Wheels On The Bus. Of course, a twist on the original wheels on the bus song, Busta Beatz is now joined by several friends as he travels around the world on his bus.

Travelling throughout England, Europe, Africa, Antarctica, Australia and many other locations, everyone in the world can take part in street dance.

Busta Beatz is appearing around the world and wants everyone to get involved with street dance. Regardless of your age, street dance is a fantastic hobby and skill to take up. Being a less conventional style of dance, all children who get involved have a unique skill from a young age with our dance classes.

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Getting Involved In Street Dance

It’s never too early to get involved in street dance. Lil Beatz have classes for ages from 2-6-year-olds and are always looking to welcome new talent into our classes. With new routines and tracks for our Lil dancers, everyone can develop their street dance skills from a young age. With our current classes limited to just the Southport and Blackpool area, we want to continue growing street dance in the UK.

Whilst street dance has enjoyed growth over the last decade, other dance styles are still preferred to street dance. Lil Beatz and Busta Beatz want to change this, encouraging all young children to get involved in street dance. Street dance is not only more fun and creative than other dance styles but it will also keep you fit from a young age, helping to prevent problems such as obesity.

To involve even more young dancers, Lil Beatz have also started classes on Saturdays, with our new term beginning this week. It is the perfect opportunity for you to get your children involved in a dance perfect for fitness and making friends. With dance classes ranging from 2-6, we are happy for everyone to get involved. Many of our young dancers already love Busta Beatz and we want the whole of the UK, of all ages to also get involved!

Join The Street Dance Community!

We want all young children throughout Blackpool and Southport to get involved with our classes. If your child is aged from 2-6, bring them along to any of our dance classes and get started with street dance. We will provide a fast response to any enquiries through our website and Facebook pages!

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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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Is Street Dance The Most Popular Style?

With a huge selection of dance styles, is street dance the most popular choice for young children? It has many benefits for young children and stands out among other, less exciting dance styles.

Lil Beatz, of course, think that street dance is the best and only option for young children! With this style being a fantastic hobby to get involved in, we look at why it is so popular.
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Street Dance Growth

From George Sampson to Diversity winning Britain’s Got Talent and with films such as “Step Up” and “StreetDance”, street dance has grown in the public eye. Influencing children all over the world, it has grown in popularity over the last decade. Being an energetic and expressive dance style, it is very different to other dance styles that young children take part in.

With choreography being very mixed and improvised, it creates a fantastic effect that isn’t achieved with other dancers. This gives all young children the chance to be creative themselves, whilst taking part in an exciting and enjoyable dance style.

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Popular Dance Styles

There are a number of popular dance styles and whilst they are great hobbies for children, they do not offer the same creativity and intense exercise that street dance does. Some of the most popular dance styles include:

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Street
  • Tap

Street dance can help all young children stay fit and strengthen their muscles and bones from a young age. Whilst this may not seem like a big issue, it is important for young children to regularly exercise. This gives you a fantastic opportunity  and allows children to be involved more than other dance styles. With there being a range of dance types, all ages can find their strengths. An example of the dance types that could be involved include:

  • Animation
  • Breakdancing
  • Floating
  • Jerking
  • Krumping
  • Locking & Popping

With many children still choosing to learn dances such as tap and ballet, we simply cannot understand it! Street offers a variety of movements and helps all children develop a selection of dance skills. There is always a dance style that you can learn and enjoy, with street dance providing the perfect platform from a young age.

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Developing Street Dance Skills

Street dance is constantly evolving with new styles being improvised and created every day. Lil Beatz have dance classes ageing from 2-6 years and always encourage children to take part in every aspect of dance routines, whilst finding your street dance strengths.

Street dancing has shown everyone throughout the UK just how creative it can be compared to other forms of dance. It is energetic, entertaining, popular and most importantly, the best option for all children looking to get involved in dance. With so many niche styles involved, this should always be the most popular dance style.

Lil Beatz give everyone the opportunity to express and show off their dance skills using this dance style!

Should You Choose Street Dance?

Street dance is full of energy and if your children want an enjoyable and healthy dance style, it is the obvious choice. Speak to Lil Beatz today if you would like to begin your dance classes in our Blackpool North, Blackpool South or Southport studios. You can contact us with any questions or fill in our form to book a class today!

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Street Dancing

Street dance is not just one style but contains many different dance styles within the street dance genre. It is perfect for young boys and girls who want to improve their dancing and rhythm, whilst learning many dance techniques.

Lil Beatz can teach a range of street dance styles and working with all age groups, we can help create fantastic routines for you to enjoy and be creative with!

Breakdance

Possibly the most popular street dance style is breakdancing. Dance has been used for many years and has brought great success to young people including Britain’s Got Talent winners George Sampson and Diversity. Breakdancing will often include close to the ground improvisations. Whether you decide to spin on your head, make acrobatic moves or other spins on your body, breakdancing is usually complete improvisation.

Locking & Popping

Breakdancing is one of the more difficult street dance styles and whilst locking and popping isn’t easy, it is a lot simpler. Locking and popping are two distinct styles. Locking involves freezing and resuming quickly, whereas popping is more jerky and explosive, using both their upper and lower body. Both styles are often used together to create fantastic visual effects and one great dance style. All age groups will be taught how to lock and pop effectively to help you find your best street dance style!

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Animation

Animation is almost like a glitch. Waves, zigzags and sudden freezes create a great animation freestyle dance. Animation should visually look like as if you are being electronically controlled and that the body has no bones! Animation could contain a range of common dance moves which can be incorporated into a performance.

Krumping

Krumping is fast and aggressive and often includes a range of other street dance styles including, locking, popping and freestyle. Similar to animation, it will include a lot of body jerking, however, krumping is usually a battle. This will involve two or more dancers going back and forth for a staged battle, involving improvisation and several dance styles.

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If you want to learn street dance styles, contact Lil Beatz today. We are happy to organise your first dance class for ages starting as young as two. We can talk you through the dance styles available and begin developing your dance skills. Fill in our contact form to make an enquiry.

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