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Hip Hop: A Sure Way to Get your Teenager Moving

Teenagers love music. So, why not get them to use that music to get them more active in their everyday lives? Some people are doing just that with the art of hip hop dancing.

What is hip hop dancing? It is dancing that originated in the neighborhoods. In essence it has street dancing origins. It began as dancing moves put to the beat of rap music but it is now so much more. Hip hop embraces not only rap music but also moves from Latin dances, upbeat and fast-paced club songs and other island influences.    As soon as you learn one dance step another has just been developed somewhere. Why is that? Hip hop is freestyle dancing. It gives kids the freedom to be creative and choreograph their own ideas to be shared with others. If they are lucky itíll catch on and everyone will be doing it.

What your teen may not realize is that hip hop and other forms of dancing are actually exercise. But, you donít have to tell them that. It is enough to encourage them to dance to their music.

Like other forms of exercise, hip hop dancing reduces stress levels. That is important for teenagers who are feeling the pressure in the classroom, at home and with their peers. Increasing those levels of endorphins also lightens their mood and sends more oxygen to the brain. They are able to think more clearly and process information better. That may even include listening to what you have to say to them.

Dancing can help with conditions such as depression. Since it is a form of exercise, it can also be a coping mechanism but one that is good for your body. Better sleep means that the body is able to repair itself at night in anticipation of the new day with a much lower stress level.

For teens who are concerned about their weight, doing a little hip hop dancing will bring results. This form of dance uses the entire body to capture the beat of the music. Different moves consist of jumping, spinning, leaning, bending and ìpoppingî moves. To do all of those you need a strong core.

Your abdominal area does most of the work. They are instrumental in balance, quick changes and seemingly impossible moves like those you see in movies and on television. If there is a little extra around the middle, it will be whittled away in no time.

Kids who dance learn to be more adjusted socially. They can find others who like to dance and hang out together putting new moves together. Those interested in learning can sign up for classes in gyms and studios.   Get your teen up and moving with the hip hop movement. Not only does it foster community and friendship, but also healthier body images and focused minds.