Beat Box Dance Academy is a performing arts based program intended to provide schools and/or other youth-oriented institutions with a standards based, hip-hop dance curriculum. On a state and national level, performing arts programs and physical education courses are being reduced in schools to focus on meeting state education standards. With the reduction of physical activity programs in school, children are not meeting the recommended amounts of daily physical activity and obesity levels continue to rise at an alarming rate. There is also momentous importance placed on American youth to display 21st century skills, knowledge, work habits, and character traits believed to be necessary to succeed in the 21st century for college professors, employers, and educators.
Beat Box Dance Academy fulfills the need for youth to receive recommended amounts of physical activity and acquire 21st century skills by providing dance education courses during or after school. The curriculum administered to students was meticulously developed to challenge students to be creative and critical thinkers while incorporating moderate-to-vigorous activity. Each lesson plan includes National Core Arts Standards and Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards that are transferable to any institution operating under these standards. Students who complete the course will acquire a working vocabulary of basic hip-hop dance moves, understand the historical and contemporary relevance of hip-hop as a sub-culture, develop a repertoire of movement, and be able to apply processes to other forms of disciplines. The need for students to achieve multi-literacies is met by teaching lessons that support literacies including: arts and creativity, cyberliteracy, physical fitness and health literacies, multicultural literacy, social/emotional literacy, and media literacy.
Beat Box Dance Academy sets itself apart from other dance organizations in its educational and kinesthetic approach to instruction. Many hip-hop dance programs, for example, use curriculum that lack foundational dance technique and concepts necessary to attain proficiency in the various styles of hip-hop dance. Unlike other concert forms of dance such as ballet and jazz, hip-hop dance does not have a set of codified movements/terms specific to its genre. The services provided during the program also supplement many in-school, educational objectives and can be transferred over to other disciplines. BBDA endeavors to provide youth institutions and organizations with a lexicon specific to hip-hop dance. BBDA only employs instructors with professional dance/teaching experience and have completed the required training necessary to instruct BBDA curriculum. The contracted model of the company makes it desirable for organizations that do not have time to develop, and hire and manage personnel, and provide additional physical activity opportunities.