CRETE | Hip-hop is a widespread and extremely popular form of dance, combining jazz and club steps.
Crete Park District is offering a class that is fun and energetic where students can expect to learn styles of hip-hop seen in popular movies and on the television show "So You Think You Can Dance?"
Crete Park District has spent a great deal of time looking for a teacher who will teach kid-friendly hip-hop. After a great deal of research, Felicia Polanski was hired as the new instructor who uses family friendly music, sometimes edited personally by her to be sure it is kid friendly.
Younger children will dance to artists from the Disney channel and younger bands as well as some edited music. The older class dances to music that is edited by the teacher to cut out inappropriate content.
"I always tell parents to not look at the name hip-hop and assume it is one style of music. This class will introduce the kids to all different styles of hip-hop music, both old school and new school. I want to assure them their children won't be listening to inappropriate street music," Polanski said. "Dancers will learn rhythm, creative movement, understanding and appreciation of music, as well as a wide variety of dance vocabulary and dance etiquette."
Classes are scheduled to begin on Oct. 7 at the Willard Wood Park Center, 515 First St. Registration is taking place now online at CretePark.com for returning customers and at the Crete Park District office located inside the Willard Wood Park Center for new customers. The classes will run in four-week sessions, on Mondays with ages 5 to 9 dancing from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and ages 10 and up on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Fees are listed at Cretepark.com. Hip-hop sneakers or tennis shoes and loose fitting clothing must be worn. No jeans will be permitted.
For more information, call (708) 672-6969.