ERIC Number: EJ1103926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
From B-Girl to B-Baby: Constructing a Breakin' Pedagogy
Foley, Cindy G.
Journal of Dance Education, v16 n2 p62-66 2016
The B-baby Program is a hip-hop dance curriculum designed to prepare dance instructors to teach and lead toddlers in the safe and effective practice of "break dancing" (breakin'). In 2011, my twin sister and I founded a hip-hop organization called Child of This Culture. We have over 32 years of combined experience as competitive break dancers, properly known as breakers, b-boys (male dancers), or b-girls (female dancers). We have taught 75 B-baby workshops at breakin' events in 11 different states since 2012. Breakin' is the original hip-hop dance style. It works to enhance diversity, respect, tolerance, versatility, and creativity inside or outside of the dance studio. This article intends to emphasize the need to introduce breakin' at the earliest age possible in hopes of inspiring dance educators to improve hip-hop dance education across the United States.
Descriptors: Dance, Popular Culture, Dance Education, Toddlers, Workshops, Creativity, Music, Females, Males, Teaching Methods, Children, Program Development
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; New York; North Carolina