Urban dance, or “Street dance”, originated with Hispanic and Afro-American youth in metropolitan areas of the United States of America during the decade of the 1970s. It was a form of self-expression, of rebellion against inequalities.
Physical benefits: stimulates physical exercise in a fun and entertaining way, improving cardiovascular conditioning, blood irrigation, overall strengthening. It increases flexibility and helps reduce lower back pain. It works with coordination, movement and spatial awareness.
Mental benefits: Production of endorphin, dopamine and serotonin contributes to students’ happiness and motivation. Memory is expanded by the need to learn and remember choreographies and steps in all of the classes. At the personal level, it develops creativity and self-confidence as a participative dance; the students learn discipline and constancy to achieve their goals.
Social benefits: The students relate to new people, enjoying themselves in a new environment, broadening their circle of friendships and, at Armonía, broadening cultural and language knowledge. Experiences in classes and performances contribute to an enormous sense of group cohesion which helps broaden their confidence and teaches teamwork. This learning is carried over to the school and to the world of work.