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The MES(s) Hip Hop competition team

  • Juniors (12-16 years old)

The MES(s) competition team consists of talented and motivated children aged 12-16 with appropriate knowledge of dance techniques corresponding to their age.

The team is focused on street dance styles. The aim of its activity is to educate a full-bodied and technically well-equipped dancer, prepared to present herself as a soloist in freestyle, i.e. improvisation, but especially together with the whole team in dance competitions - in choreographies and performances.

Team members become individual candidates either on the recommendation of instructors from regular dance courses or from auditions that usually take place at the beginning and end of the school year. Current dates are published on the website and social networks of Dance Perfect studio.

Team training is divided into two semesters and respects school holidays. Includes two 90-minute lessons per week. In the first semester, training of street dance techniques is held (Hip Hop, House, Funky, Afro and Dancehall) as well as techniques of contemporary dance. At the same time freestyle dance is also trained. In the second half of the year it is mainly the creation of competition choreographies for internationally recognized competitions.

Work on choreographies for various performances, dance competitions and festivals are an important part of preparation of each team. Experienced teachers Nikola Ivkovič and Miru Manková and external teachers work with the team members as choreographers. Work on performances promotes creativity, versatility, improvisation and teaches the principles of correct and self-confident expression on stage.

Competition workshop is a weekend intensive training session held in accordance with the annual schedule published at the beginning of the school year - usually at the turn of the first and second semester. The focus is on making choreographies for the competition season, which runs from March to June. This workshop is an additional activity and is to be paid separately and is mandatory for the team members.

Summer workshop is a one-week, very intensive form of training. During this week dancers learn to work with other instructors, get acquainted with their approach to dance and their teaching style. The intensity of work in the workshop is comparable to several months' tuition in the school year and is therefore of great benefit for each team member. This is why the summer workshop is also mandatory for all team members. It always takes place at the end of August and must be taken into account when planning your holidays.

In addition to the above mentioned workshops, members of The MES(s) engage in dance battles to help them deepen their technical and improvisational skills on the dance floor. They ill also attend various workshops with local and foreign teachers who will be available then.

What you should know before you get to The MES(s) competition team

The fee for one semester is CZK 8.000. It includes two 90-minute training sessions per week every semester (September-January or February-June).

Additional costs include fees for competition (midterm) and summer workshops. As part of the creative work on choreographies for performances, there are also costs making of costumes, travel expenses for competitions and performances and entry fees for competitions. The fee for summer workshop is always determined by actual costs for particular instructors, their remuneration, travel expenses, etc.

Benefits of The MES(s) competition team membership

The MES(s) competition team members are well-versed in dance techniques and dance styles, learn to perceive movement as such and explore the possibilities of their body and get a good grasp of the principles of individual and teamwork.

After proper practice they gain natural, self-confident stage performance, learning to respect both themselves and other dancers. They realize that dancing at this level is not just fun, but especially work, great effort and humbleness - as with any kind of sport run on the professional level.

What you should know about Hip Hop

The original foundation of a wide range of dance styles is in both African dances (Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Step) as well as in ballet (for Contemporary Dance, Modern Jazz, etc.).

Hip hop culture is mainly related to the emergence of hip hop music and rap in the 1970s. Its dance styles (chronologically Old school, Middle school and New school) also evolve with the development of music. They are interconnected and take their inspiration from other techniques such as jazz, step, funky styles, etc. Music perception, work with energy, dynamics and individuality give hip hop its unmistakable individuality and appeal.