Street Dance Style: What Can I Wear?

You don’t have to have the latest style of furry legwarmers or a trendy street dance tutu to come to a Street Fit® class. As long as you’re dressed in loose fitting comfortable clothes, and sensible footwear you won’t feel out of place. However, if you really want to embrace the street dance vibe, here is a top to toe rundown of street dance fashion.

Tops

One of the icons of hip hop is the ‘hoodie’. Simply a sweatshirt with a hood on it, the ability of the hoodie to generate controversy is almost unparalleled, even leading to political bickering. During the emergence of the hip hop culture in the Seventies, hoodies were a popular form of attire for graffiti artists, enabling them to hide their identities. Since then, the garment has sometimes been associated with criminal behaviour.

As hip hop culture has become more mainstream, so the hoodie has gradually shed its sinister reputation and is now generally accepted as an everyday item of clothing. Hoodies (and T-shirts) designed for the street dance market are often vividly coloured with eye-catching, provocative designs and motifs. They often draw on the graffiti theme, with lettering that appears to be ‘air-brushed’.

Of course, you would quickly cook if you wore a hoodie to a Street Fit® workout; a loose T-shirt, mini-T or tank would be more appropriate for the dance floor.

Bottoms

Although most of us associate baggy trousers with street dance, there are other options. Proponents of Jerkin’, a type of street dance from LA, wear skin-tight jeans, while vivid tutus and leggings are popular with the girls. Fairly baggy jogging trousers are a safe option when working out, with shorts an alternative for the summer.

Shoes

Shoes are one of the most important considerations when preparing for a Street Fit® class. Specialist hip hop shoes are ideal, but tennis shoes are an adequate substitute. Running trainers should be avoided, where possible, since they are designed to restrict lateral movement. It is also best to have shoes that slide a little; brand new shoes might need a couple of weeks wearing in to take off some of that traction.

Accessories

There are plenty of street dance/hip hop accessories on the market to really add that bit of style to your routine. After all, street dance is all about individual flair. From chains, watches, hair-slides and other ‘bling’ to caps, sweatbands and, yes, furry legwarmers, there is no shortage of options on the high street or on internet shops. Of course, it should go without saying that the bling is best taken off during a workout (you could always let your dancing do the sparkling!)

Street Fit Gear

If you really want to look the part for a Street Fit® class, visit our shop at http://www.streetfit.tv/shop and take a look through our range of exclusive Street Fit® clothing. Featuring men’s and women’s styles and available in an assortment of bright colours, we’re sure you’ll find something to fit your style.

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Getting Ready for your Street Fit Instructors’ Course

If you’ve booked in to one of our Street Fit Street Dance Fitness Instructors’ Courses, congratulations! You’ve taken a big step forward in the journey to a new and exciting future.

We want to do our best to make your day as welcoming as possible, so here are a few tips to help you feel prepared:

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1. Arrive on time

Of course we understand there will always be unforeseen circumstances, but it is best al round if you arrive at least half an hour before your classes start. Therefore, make sure you know exactly where you’re going and how long it takes to get there. If in doubt, go to our become A Dance Fitness Instructor page. By clicking ‘register now’ beside your chosen course, you will access our interactive location maps including handy zoom and ‘street view’ functions.

Arriving early will give you plenty of time to register, receive your welcome package and fill in any forms. Getting to your class early is also beneficial because you can grab one of the coveted spaces near to the instructor.

Finally, arriving early will mean you feel more relaxed and able to take in the information given to you.

2. Bring Cash and Cards

Cash is always handy in an emergency, or if you’re tempted by any merchandise that might be available. You should also bring your credit/debit card, especially if you intend to become an online member. Becoming a member is not compulsory but many Street Dance Fitness Instructors do choose to sign up.

For more details about online membership, visit our become a member page. You will get full details after successfully completing the Instructors’ Course.

3. Don’t Forget Food and Drink

In most Instructors’ Training Courses you will have an hour for lunch and additional short breaks. However, depending on your location, you may not have sufficient time to buy the food and drink you need. Please ensure you bring enough food and drink to last the day.

4. Bring the Right Gear

Wear clothes that are loose fitting and make you feel comfortable; bear in mind you need to be able to keep cool and move around. The best shoes for a workout are court shoes, aerobic shoes and hip hop or jazz dance shoes. Check out some of our newest Street Dance Fitness Fashion range.

Running shoes are designed for forward motion and are not recommended for street dance, although old, worn-out running shoes may be OK. If you intend to buy new shoes, try to purchase them a week or two before your Instructors’ Training Course. This will allow you to ‘wear them in’ and takes off some of the traction that can hamper movement.

5. Other Items to Pack

It is advisable to pack a towel, sweatshirt and a change of clothes. You are permitted to bring a camera but only still pictures are allowed to be taken.

Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions:

How long is the course?

The Street Fit Instructors’ Course lasts the whole 6 hour day

What should I expect to learn in the class?

Your instructor will explain or demonstrate the following: an introduction to the course and what a Street Fit license entails; the workout structure and street dance moves (don’t worry, it won’t be too hard to follow); important information abut health and safety; the value of adding online membership and much more!

What will I receive when I pass the course?

You will receive your Street Fit License, choreography DVD, Street Fit Volume One music CD and an Instructors’ Manual.

We wish you good luck!

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Street Dance: Let’s Break it Down!

By now you will know that Street Fit® is the ultimate fusion of aerobic fitness and street dance, but what exactly is street dance? The answer is not entirely straight forward, even to those people immersed in the street dance culture, but this blog post should clarify things a bit.

Jigging to Clogging: How Folk Dance took to the Street

The most fundamental definition of street dance is any dance style that originates in public places (including the streets) rather than dance studios. Street dance usually evolves by improvisation and collaboration, with individuals building upon established styles and forming new ones.

Street dance is often referred to as an urban equivalent of folk dance. For example, ‘jigging’ was a popular folk dance in the 1500s before the widespread urbanisation of the UK. Following the Industrial Revolution, factory workers adopted cheap wooden shoes called clogs, which made a distinctive sound when tapped on the hard street surface. Arguably then, ‘clogging’ was the first street dance in the UK.

Jazz and the Afro-American Street Dances

Of course, when most of us think of street dance, factory workers in clogs don’t immediately spring to mind. Modern street dance is heavily influenced by African American music and dance styles. Among the first Afro-American street dances were tap dances performed to a new genre of West African influenced music that became known as ‘jazz’. The first use of the term ‘street dance’ may have occurred in the early 1900s in North East USA.

Hip Hop and Funk

The Seventies were to have a profound influence on the development of street dance, with two distinct music genres emerging form the USA and then becoming fused.

From New York City came hip hop, a complete subculture with its own, unique musical genre. Hip hop music featured rapping, scratching and sampling, with extended breaks between sections. In these breaks, dancers known as B-boys (or girls) would take to the floor and seek to impress the audience with intricate displays of footwork, poses and athletic ‘power moves’ that became referred to as ‘breakdancing’ in popular culture.

From hip hop dance came street dance crew culture; crews competed against one another in dance contests known as jams, leading to further evolution.

At around the same time, and from the opposite coast, California brought us funk music, a soul-based genre which became known for its iconic dance styles. Funk styles (so-called to distinguish them from the hip hop culture into which they have become absorbed) include locking, popping, waving and electric boogaloo.

As the decades moved on, new street dance styles arose from different dance environments, most notably rave dances, club dances and punk dances. However street dance as a label is now virtually synonymous with hip hop dance.

So What Street Dance Will I Learn?

If you have booked your place on one of our forthcoming Street Fit Instructors’ Courses, you will shortly be learning some great street dance moves. Street Fit choreography draws from the hip hop and funk styles mentioned above, including locking, popping, waving and breaking. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried street dance before; our Instructors’ Course is designed to teach you a basic Street Fit workout that can be built upon as your ability and confidence start to soar! As new routines are introduced, you will soon be building up an impressive repertoire of stylish street dance moves.

Check out a video from one of our instructor courses to see what it is all about!

If you have yet to book your place, give us a call today on 0800 689 9909 or fill in our form on the become an Instructor page of our website: www.streetfit.tv.

More Than Just a Wise Investment

At £285, Street Fit Instructors’ Courses are designed to have widespread appeal, providing a viable career path for anyone with a serious interest in dance or fitness. After all, street dance has always been about involving as many people as possible rather than being restricted to the few who can afford it.

Our Street Fit Instructors mean everything to us. We rely on them to consistently deliver our groundbreaking dance fitness workouts in a safe and effective way, so we’ve invested heavily in their success. From the day they get their Street Fit licence, they will have everything they need to get ahead in the competitive dance fitness industry.

How to build a brand

Rome wasn’t built in a day – and neither was Street Fit. When Trap Media first made the decision to fuse street dance and aerobic fitness, they knew it would be a major undertaking. To give you an insight into what is involved in creating a powerful, professional brand like Street Fit , here are just a few of the things we had to invest in:

  • High definition video and DVD production
  • Professionally produced, original music
  • Legal and administration costs
  • Marketing.
  • Research and Development
  • Professional logo design and corporate identity
  • Writers
  • Consultants
  • Presenters
  • Choreographers
  • Brand development

That’s why we are as committed to your success as you are.

Becoming a Street Fit Online Member will give you complete access to the fruits of all of that labour with in-depth video training, continuously updated routines and music and enhanced corporate and marketing support.

Giving Something Back

As a social enterprise, Street Fit is more about putting something back into the community. Born during the aftermath of recession, Street Fit was raised to help as many people as possible find their way into a career that was both rewarding and enjoyable. This also has a knock-on effect for the economy in general; entrepreneurship is widely recognised as being a key component in economic recovery.

But Street Fit’s ultimate aims go beyond that of creating successful entrepreneurs and helping people make a living. The UK’s well-documented obesity problem is a national tragedy, and most worryingly it is affecting our children. By drawing on the popularity of street dance, Street Fit aims to rekindle our love of fitness and movement and steer the country in a new direction.

So by booking your place on a Street Fit  Instructors’ Course you will be doing much more than launching a new career for yourself, you will be investing in the future of our country.

Book Your Place Today!

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Email – hello@streetfit.tv
Phone – 0800 689 9909 option 1

Workshops for Schools & Charities

Would your organisation like to take part in the latest fitness and dance phenomenon focused on getting people moving, having fun and making real changes in their lives, changes which will have a knock-on effect to the local community and beyond.

Welcome to Street Fit

You could not have failed to notice the current massive national interest in dance, as reflected in the popularity of programmes like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘Got to Dance’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. And for the younger generation in particular, street dance troupes, exemplified by Diversity and Flawless, have become a source of inspiration.

Doesn’t this fascination with high-octane, edgy street dance seem so at odds with the growing problem of obesity in the UK?

That’s what we thought. And Street Fit was born.

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Invite us to your charity, school or corporate organisation and we will show your service users, children or employees exactly how to rediscover their love of exercise and get back into shape, through the dynamic medium of street dance. This isn’t a dry, lifeless seminar; it’s a vibrant, fully interactive workshop, taught by fully licensed Street Fit instructors. It will be talked about for days afterwards, if not longer.

Although accessible to all age groups, Street Fit is particularly aimed at children, designed to make them aware of the positive impact that eating and exercising correctly can have on self-confidence, self-expression and energy levels. A healthy child is a high performing child, more able to focus on their work.

If your event doesn’t fit into any of the above categories, or you’re worried we won’t be able to meet your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can usually tailor the workshops to fit most requirements.

Call us today to book a workshop on 0800 689 9909 or email hello@streetfit.tv

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Mr or Mrs Average Need not Apply

Street Fit Trainer – Mr or Mrs Average Need not Apply

It takes a special type of person to rise to the top of any profession, and becoming a Street Fit Lead Trainer is no exception.

Are you the type of person who strives for excellence, never settling for second best? Do you have an enthusiasm for dance and fitness, a willingness to learn and the strength of character to mentor others?

Our Instructors are good but our Lead Trainers have to be the best of the best. Do you think you have what it takes?

Our success relies upon the quality of our instructors, so we need our trainers to set an example and embody all that makes Street Fit tick: the work rate, the energy, the commitment and, of course, the attitude!

We have all the resources in place to support you in your ambitions. Becoming a Street Fit Lead Trainer won’t be a walk in the park, but the rewards are worth all the effort.

Earning Benefits

As a fully certified Street Fit Instructor you will of course be able to run your own regular classes. The additional benefit in becoming a Lead Trainer is that you can teach instructors alongside your classes, taking home a percentage of their course fees.

As a Street Fit Trainer you can earn in the region of £25,000 a year teaching a combination of new instructors and individuals.

Lead trainers will receive regular updates to courses, events as well as ongoing marketing support. In return, we expect the highest standards from you.

Still Think You’ve Got What it Takes?

Good

After you have successfully completed the Street Fit Instructor Course you will need to apply for one of our Street Fit Trainer Courses, specially designed to take you to the highest level.

The course consists of a mixture of practical and theory training held in various locations throughout the UK. This flexibility means we can train students located anywhere in the UK and beyond.

Practical training will take place in gyms, health clubs, dance studios and leisure facilities throughout the UK, including venues in:

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Southampton
  • Scotland

Here you’ll learn the essential practical skills needed in order to become a Street Fit Trainer

You can find more information by calling one of our Advisors on 0800 689 9909 to discuss booking a course.

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Staying Street Fit

Even if you’re young and supple, the powerful fat-busting street dance movements will inevitably work those muscles – that’s what tones them up. That’s why it is important to choose a dance fitness class that allows you to workout within sensible limits.

Street Fit dance exercise classes are designed to minimise the risk of injury and, providing the workout is followed correctly, there is unlikely to be a problem. Street Fit instructors are trained to ensure the proper warm up and cool down phases are included in any class. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to be familiar with the common causes of injury:

  • Doing too much, too soon. Unless you have previous street dance experience, it is advisable to only do one or two dance exercise classes a week at first. It is tempting to think that the more sessions you attend, the quicker results will come; but, acquiring an injury because your body is not recovering between sessions will undo all of your good work.
  • Making drastic changes. Different types of workout exercise different muscles, so you need to give your body time to adapt. A dramatic increase in workout duration or frequency will also increase the risk of injury.
  • Poor posture. Quality dance fitness courses, like Street Fit workouts, ensure that Instructors are trained to set a good example to participants. That includes demonstrating correct body alignment, since poor technique is a leading contributor to dance exercise injury.
  • Skipping warm up. Street Fit Instructors are trained to include a warm up and cool down session in every workout but when you’re on your own it might be tempting to launch straight into your dance routine without warming up. It’s only natural that you want to get dancing, but working out with cold muscles is a recipe for muscle damage. Warming up is even more important as you get older. The ageing process itself reduces the flexibility of muscle tissue, increasing the likelihood of cold muscles becoming torn.

The types of injury that dancers are most likely to suffer from depend a lot upon the dance style. For example, ballet is notoriously hard on the ankles, and strains and sprains are common. Street dance is also heavy on the lower body. While that’s great for toning those hips, thighs and glutes, it also means you must take extra care of your feet, knees and lower back.

The PRICE of recovery

Of course, despite our best intentions and efforts, dance fitness injuries do happen. If you or one of your members do pick up a strain or sprain, it is important to take a break to enable a full recovery take place. For mild injuries, the PRICE acronym can be useful:

P=Protect: to avoid making injury worse, use a splint, crutch or other form of support

R=Restrict: it will speed up your recovery if you take a break from activities which work the affected area.

I=Ice: ice is a natural anti-inflammatory. Apply every 20 minutes for the first few hours following an injury.

C=Compression: an elastic bandage will also reduce swelling, if appropriate.

E=Elevate: raising the injured area above heart level, again to reduce inflammation.

For more guidance on recovering from a dance fitness injury, a qualified professional (e.g. a GP) should be consulted. Contrary to popular myth, doctors are not likely to recommend giving up the dance fitness courses you love. Instead, they will work with you to provide the quickest and safest road to recovery.

Disclaimer: This article is not to be used as a substitute for medical guidance and treatment. For qualified advice, please contact a health professional.

If you are looking to book a Street Fit Instructor Course then contact us today call us on 0800 689 9909 or email hello@streetfit.tv

Your Customers are Ready

Throughout the country, thousands of men and women are coming round from their Christmas and New Year’s excesses and preparing to return to normality. Young and old alike are, as you read, wistfully pinching inches, consulting with the bedroom mirror and struggling to pull up zips and fasten buttons. In a few weeks time they will be taking up new gym memberships, starting dance fitness courses, like our exciting new Street Fit classes, or finding other ways to address their body shape concerns through 2012.

Between now and then is a once in a year period of opportunity, where the remnants of 2011 are being left behind and choices and actions are being made that will shape the next twelve months. If you are intending to teach fitness or dance classes then a huge bulk of these people will be your customers…if you want them. Time is ticking.

The dance fitness industry: it’s all in the timing

As every business owner in a niche market will tell you, there are key annual events that you need to be in tune with. The home improvement stores all release advertisements around the bank holidays, the holiday companies launch new brochures for January and February and ice-cream vans are more prevalent in the summer. For the dance fitness industry, the New Year is the key period for marketing dance fitness courses, because:

  • People are making New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight or tone up – now!
  • People are looking to try new activities – now!
  • People are looking for ways to meet new people – now!

Street Fit’s innovative fusion of street dance and fitness workout provides the strongest platform for anybody wanting to get ahead in the dance fitness and dance industry but, if we haven’t made it clear yet, time is starting to run out for those who want to maximize their customer-reaching potential.

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How Street Fit will help you get ‘em and keep ‘em

First of all, we are offering you the chance to become a Street Fit Instructor, for a relative pittance, by enrolling in one of the remaining places on our January and February Street Fit Instructor courses.

By getting your hands on one of our exclusive Street Fit licences, you will automatically give yourself an edge in the battle for securing new members, especially from the younger generation. Our eye-catching Street Fit logo and high-definition video promos will give you that touch of style and professionalism that will stand out in the competitive field of dance fitness.

By becoming a Street Fit member, we will also help you keep the buzz going. It is a well-known fact that many New Year’s resolutions fizzle out after a few months. It doesn’t have to be that way. One of the secrets to keeping members motivated is ensuring your dance fitness courses remain fresh and relevant. Street Fit members can do this effortlessly by making use of our regular updates, including new workouts and original music.

If you’re already waiting to attend your Street Fit Instructor course, you’re well on your way to making 2012 a life-changing year. If you’ve yet to book your place then now is the time to make that commitment because time won’t wait for you…and neither will your customers.

If you are looking to book a Street Fit Instructor Course then contact us today call us on 0800 689 9909 or email hello@streetfit.tv