I believe the most important thing with dance-based fitness is to tell the participants that having a good time is more important than putting the feet in the right place all the time.
I teach Barre classes from time to time, and I start off by telling the students that we are not here to audition for the Rockettes. If we are not in lockstep, the world is not coming to an end; the goal is to enjoy it and have a good workout.
Repetition, repetition, repetition. Let me say that again…
Changing too much, too soon, is what makes people stop working out and stand still with that dumfounded, “what the heck?” look. If you’re going to build hip-hop choreography, build it in small pieces, and repeat it enough times not only for the muscle memory to kick in but also so participants can work that new movement hard enough to get their cardio workout.
This presupposes that your participants want to work hard. Some people don’t.
Hello Wil-son Williams,
You can also make sure to explain the Talk Test and RPE scale. When giving the low to high exercise samples, see how many choose the moderate as opposed to the low. I believe that we all have strong and weak days; so, let the student choose their own level; this ensures the return factor which is really what we are after: good habits.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
If you have a mixed group, some good dancers and some not so good, it is tougher. But you can always have the less experienced in the group do more counts of a set of steps/moves while the more experienced add more difficulty or move to a faster tempo/count. But that is not easy to choreography.
If you can run a novice/beginner class, then use that class to teach Hip Hop. You can always add some pushups, jacks, etc. to keep HR up between dance moves. A class like Hip Hop really does need to start with learning to move before it gets to be really fun and a really good work out.