WHAT DO WE MEAN BY "REAL HIP HOP"?
This isn't about sucralose, polyester, Guccci purses or Bolex watches. This IS about representing a culture authentically. Here's the deal. All over the world, people are offering "Hip Hop" dance classes. Sometimes those classes are actually fitness classes trying to pass themselves off as Hip Hop classes. Sometimes those classes don't include any actual Hip Hop dance movement. Sometimes those classes don't even play any Hip Hop music. Unfortunately, it is not at all uncommon to walk into a "Hip Hop" class and perform Jazz moves to Janet Jackson.
Hip Hop is not R&B. Hip Hop is not Jazz. Hip Hop is not Neo Soul. Hip Hop is not techno or any other EDM (electronic dance music). Hip Hop dancing may deliver great fitness results but it is not a fitness system. Hip Hop is not just wearing baggy clothes, bandannas or baseball caps. Hip Hop is not just a catch all term for popular or street dancing or music with a beat.
Hip Hop IS a culture of fashion, language/slang, music, movement, visual art and expression. Hip Hop has a very specific history and evolution with its own villains, heroes, legends, triumphs and downfalls. (if you want to get down to the nitty gritty of exactly what Hip Hop is, go here) Like the culture of any native people, Hip Hop deserves to be respected and represented accurately by people who are indigenous to the culture or have taken time to study it deeply and thoroughly. As you would not expect a foreigner to teach Japanese folk dance without investing serious time in cultural study and physical practice, it is no less important that anyone teaching Hip Hop do the same.
When we say that we teach "Real Hip Hop", it is because we know what is being passed off out there as "Hip Hop" and we want to be clear that what you will experience with FUNKMODE is not that. In a FUNKMODE class, you can be certain that we are going to go out of our way to not only represent actual Hip Hop culture but do so in a way that you receive the very best the culture has to offer. We are going to make sure that you don't just take a dance class but that you get immersion in true Hip Hop culture. We know that many of you coming to us are discovering Hip Hop for the first time and we care that you get the real deal.
Does that mean you won't get fit in our classes? Puhleeze, far too many pounds have already been lost by our students for us to say that. Does that mean you'll never hear an R&B song? No, but we'll tell you, "Hey, this is R&B we're playing here, not Hip Hop. Don't get it twisted." Does it mean we won't teach a House style dance every once in a while? No, but again, we'll say, "Hey everyone, this week we're learning a House dance." You will ALWAYS know what you are getting and, unless we say otherwise, it is 100% Real Hip Hop.
Hip Hop is our world and our culture. We live Hip Hop. We love Hip Hop. We ARE Hip Hop. And, so long as you're with us, YOU will be Hip Hop too. That is our promise to you.
All love - FUNKMODE