When asked whatâ€™s missing in todayâ€™s hip-hop, many will say the authenticity of the music. Others will say the excitement of the music, the swag, and most importantlyâ€"lyrics. But thereâ€™s one thing that many overlook, which is an element of hip-hop that, if constructed as so, stands as one of the most grueling and skilled segments of the hip-hop genre. That would be dance, an art form that has quickly become a faded image in the hip-hop movement. To some itâ€™s a natural born skill, and for others, itâ€™s virtually impossible; to be able to quicklyâ€"and accuratelyâ€"imitate rigorous and tricky dance moves displayed by the instructor in front of the dance studio takes something that many people just donâ€™t haveâ€¦ which is why Iâ€™m a writer.
I took a convenient trip down the street from my job to join choreographer Bam Bam at the class he teaches at the Broadway Dance Center, located on Manhattanâ€™s 44th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues). And watching his class I realized that hip-hop dancers deserve a lot more credit than they recieveâ€¦ and choreographers, granted their innovative creativity, deserve more.