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Hip Hop Dance Club: Self Expression, Confidence and Teamwork

This year we have had so many fun after school clubs.  Today, I am writing about our latest fun and instructive club offering which is on Hip Hop Dance. My background and degree in Dance Performance and in Physical Education and a love for teaching children the joy of physical activity and health made this club a perfect fit for all of us. 

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Hip hop dance classes give students a great opportunity to share experience and grow as a group. In each class, students face both physical and mental challenges simultaneously. Students learn dance combinations that engage various groups of muscles that stimulate mind and body. This comprehensive kinesthetic learning opportunity is a great way to engage even the busiest of learners. 

The emphasis on self-expression in hip hop dance class separates dance from other physical activities. Expressiveness is imperative to a great performance.  Hip hop dance class gives students the freedom to be themselves and to be proud of who they are and how they express movement, thought, and emotion.  Dance is a great way for them to release their emotions physically. 

Students grow as a group of dancers and learn to persevere in overcoming obstacles by working together to create and master movements and perform together.  

And I’m sure you thought it was just Hip Hop. It turns out, we are growing healthy, confident kids, who can persevere, express themselves and work together via another method – Hip Hop dance.

– Coach Rothlisberger

About Shanshan Rothlisberger: Shanshan earned her Bachelor in English and Dance Performance from Inner Mongolia University in China and a Masters in Physical Education (emphasis in curriculum and instruction) from the University of New Mexico. It was not until coming to the United States that I discovered most Chinese children are not given an opportunity to enjoy daily physical activity and learn the importance of physical health. I feel greatly honored to have been uniquely blessed with an opportunity to share my passion for physical health with others.

Over the last 8 years I have been gaining teaching experience working with youth and adults in China, South Korea, and the United States. I believe that the diversity of this experience has helped me develop the ability to quickly recognize and honor each individual’s learning style. In addition, my challenging dance performance degree in China taught me to approach physical education with a cheerful and encouraging attitude. In Season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance”, I was selected to go to Las Vegas to participate in the final round of television auditions. In addition to teaching Physical Education, I also have experience teaching Chinese, ballet, ballroom dancing and Pilates.

BCA’s Physical Education Program

1 Corinthians 6:19 – Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God. You do not belong to yourself for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.


At Bannockburn, PE class is a time for fun and exercise!  At each stage of development, students learn to understand movement and the importance of physical activity for enjoyment, health, and social interaction. 

Pre-K and Kindergarten

In pre-K and kindergarten, students focus on locomotor skills (running, jumping, hopping) and non-locomotor skills (bending, stretching, twisting) as well as general spatial awareness.  Students advance in their ability to operate in their own personal space with greater body control through teamwork and physical activities.  It is exciting to watch students at this stage become increasingly aware of their strength, endurance, and flexibility!

1 – 2 Grade

In 1st and 2nd grade, students are more engaged with eye/hand/foot coordination and begin learning vocabulary and function of specific skills for each activity (games, sports, etc.) through focused learning and practice.  The concept of developing a lifestyle of physical activity and healthy eating has been introduced to students as well.  While 1st grade students are developing greater body control, 2nd grade students are gaining more mature form in locomotive skills. 

3 – 5 grade

In 3rd through 5th grade classes, based on the foundation of fully understanding locomotor and non-locomotor skills, students develop mature body management and balance with greater strength, endurance, and flexibility.  As students learn more about what it means to have Christ-like teamwork and sportsmanship, they have doors opened for them to enter into the world of complicated activities, dynamic games, and competitive sports.  At this level, students gain further understanding of safety and proper technique during physical exercise allowing them to develop fitness goals and exercise hobbies. 

In the end, students in PE at Bannockburn are able to safely run, play and enjoy as they develop physical knowledge and ability!

Shanshan Rothlisberger, Physical Education Director

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