Devonport School of Dance is thrilled to be introducing the Urban Ignition ADPA Hip Hop syllabus in 2021. Urban Ignition is taught internationally and provides each student solid technical training, performance training, and the platform to create, achieve and grow as a dancer and artist. Our Hip Hop classes are suitable for students from 5 years old.

The syllabus is fresh, vibrant and accessible for all ages and abilities from beginners to advanced.  Clear training videos with rear views and slow-motion options enable teachers to easily learn and teach hip hop fundamentals to students from Foundation Level to senior levels.

The levels are made up of a series of exercises including arm and foot combinations, travel & turns, isolations, tutting, floor work, amalgamations and dances. All work is progressive and designed to develop co-ordination, strength, agility and style. Freestyle work is included to encourage freedom of movement in junior levels. Crew choreography is incorporated from Level Four. Crew work is an integral part of Hip Hop dance culture and allows the group to work as a team. Student choreography is incorporated at the higher levels to develop student initiative and creativity.

In Terms 1 and 2, lessons are focussed on learning the syllabus and there is the option for students to sit examinations and/or a performance award in Term 3, September. In Term 3, students work on their final preparations for exams and/or performance awards and begin to learn choreography for our show. In Term 4, students continue learning and polishing routines for our show held mid November.

Examinations are a great way for students to have something to work towards throughout the year and be rewarded for this dedication to their dancing. Performance awards encourage students to perform for friends and family in a fun and non-judgmental atmosphere. These awards are a great performance opportunity and help develop confidence.