What do you do when you feel like something is missing out of the equasion? Do you retrace your conflict back to the mistake or are you “that guy” whom believes everything happens for a reason; in which case, you believe a lie? Maybe you are the one that finds a new plan and reimplicates the initial layout. Whichever scenario you may apply to yourself, one knows that something just doesn’t seem right without that missing piece.
Well, thinking back, my idea of the missing puzzle piece was Hip-Hop. You see, hip-hop is not a style, hip-hop is not a type of music. Hip-hop is not a type of person nor is it a place you can find. In every definition of the true meaning of Hip-Hop; Hip-Hop IS A Culture. Now, one might ask; what is your definition of culture? http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/culture?s=t Dictionary.com properly states: “The total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action.”
If Hip-Hop is considered a culture and its valuable knowledge is its beliefs and ideas, what is the system of belief behind hip-hop?
In my opinion ( like the back; where the good Lord split you-we all have one), Hip-Hop is a culture based amongst lyrical poets producing musical compositions generally related to Digital-to-Analog conversion (some call this Emceeing or DJ’ing instruments and synthesizers into one common, compositive art). Hip-Hop is the act of contorting your body based on your emotion to the music, whether it be a mix of Samba, Contemporary Jazz Stepping, Rumba, Breakdancing, Waltz-Tap, Liquid-Pop, or Solo-Teknicks. Hip-Hop is the act of creating art in rural, urban and educational settings with paint, spray paint, pencils. pens, dirt, mud, pastels, or even glitter to form calligraphic text or even abstract art. Hip-Hop is the style of clothing you choose to express who you are to others. Hip-Hop is LIFE AT ALL TIMES.
Now, some may see contradiction, but without every detail as one whole, the picture is incomplete.
A wise female once stated, “We started a Hip-Hop dance Club because we felt it was important to bring cuture to our area.” Little did she know that, 2 years later, her aspirations to create a small dance organization would turn into a community over 200 strong between Marysville, Lake Stevens, Everett and Tulalip. This club brought a trademark to be reckoned with in the big city of Seattle. Crews were beginning to battle and before you knew it, the NorthWest B-Boy website was performing demonstrations at local schools and educating elementry students about the history and culture of breakdancing, dancing and hip-hop .
Many say; we have a diverse community in our school; but how many have a community that is diverse? A diverse community could be a variety, but a community that’s divers entails that, most of the students partake in various activities.
With leaders like this hosting events like:
We are clearly able to say; we owe a lot of respect to these students making postivie choices.
Here, lets take a deeper look into what this really means.
A highschool student; a college student and dropouts from both age brackets are all taking summer off. The biggest parties of the year are coming up. Their parents are out of town and 30 people have agreed to throw a monsterous party.
From a parents point of view; would you rather :
A: Let them go to a party without any exposure to learning how to dance; to get overly wasted, potentially poisoned by excessive alcohol consumption and arrested for substance intoxication?
B: Let them learn how to handle themselves at said party, while looking out for friends and dancing the night away, having a good time and youthful life?
C: Let them miss out on their youth because of lacking trust and failure to expose such “Above The Influence” entertainments, such as dance?
With these three scenarios, it’s hard to choose because if you fail to allow experience to teach them about fun, they may rebel. If you fail to show them dance, they may never understand the culture and may end up in the wrong crowd posing like the previously listed. If you fail to show them about how dance is good for their social ability, they may never respect the culture it has behind it.
With all things considered, when LS Hip-Hop started in 2005 with 3 homeboys at an elementary school and a dedicated, highly acclaimed senior to make it socially acceptable, the odds that it would be a relevent portion of 360 in 2012(10th Annual, first Decade), the biggest Breakdancing event in the Northern-West Evergreen, were most certainly uncharted expectations.
With a life to live, the only thing a dancer must do to dance with life is-dance.