Can you really get good at hip-hop dancing when you’re still a kid? With the right help and enough determination, absolutely yes! In this article, Howcast is going to teach you how to perform some of the most popular hip-hop dance moves for kids. Designed for kids and kids at heart, these free video dance lessons are full of detailed but simple-to-follow instructions. By the end, you’ll be on your way to dancing like a pro!
You’ve probably seen people doing the Cupid Shuffle at a school dance or party and wanted to learn the move yourself. The Cupid Shuffle is easy to pull off and lots of fun too. Here are the basic steps:
To see how it’s done, watch pro dancer Jeff Cowans’ video tutorial from Howcast!
The Dougie is a very fun hip-hop dance move for kids, but it can be a little tricky. There are two different things going on at the same time, with moves both on bottom and on top. Here are the steps:
The pattern to remember here is “single-single-double.”
For the top part, you’ll use the pattern “single-single-double it up.”
Now combine the bottom and top movements together with music, and you have the Dougie! Don’t worry if it seems a little complicated at first. Keep practicing, and you’ll get it in no time! You can watch Howcast’s dance tutorial at the beginning of this section to see how to Dougie, step by step.
To “walk it out,” you’ll be performing two simple steps over and over again. This will make it look sort of like a shuffling walk from side to side, and it’s very cool with the right music. This is a fun and simple hip hop dance move for kids to learn!
The important thing here is that you keep your knees bent. This allows you to “bounce” from one step to the next while giving the impression of walking it “out,” because your knees are pointed outward.
Watch Howcast’s tutorial to see how the “walk it out” move should look. Jeff Cowans shows each step separately, then puts it together with tips and tricks on how to succeed.
The Whip My Hair Dance is very iconic and lots of fun once you get the hang of it. The first eight steps are pretty simple to learn:
After the first eight steps, you do a hair push, a step pivot, and then you pivot back around. It will look something like this:
To learn how to do the Whip My Hair Dance, watch Howcast’s dance tutorial above, where the dance is broken down into easy-to-understand steps.
Anyone can do The Bernie! Even if you’ve never danced before, you’ll be able to learn this one pretty quickly. Here are a few key points:
This dance is so much fun! Plus, because of the very relaxed state of your body, you’ll be able to dance to every beat within the song. Does it sound too easy? Watch Howcast’s video on how to do The Bernie above to see if you’re doing it right!
Now that you know how to do the most popular hip-hop dance moves for kids, it’s time to practice and start dancing. We recommend that you start with one dance move at a time, working your way up.
For even more hip hop dance lessons, check out our main Hip Hop page here!
Jeff has worked as both a dancer and choreographer for various artists including Crystal Waters and Athena Ripka. Currently, Jeff is the Assistant Director of hip-hop at Icon Dance Complex in New Jersey. He is also the creator of the Get 'Em Gear clothing line.