There was a time when hip hop dancing was an act of neighbourhood rebellion, found only on street corners in down-at-heel suburbs in America.
But today, with the explosion of Hip Hop music and a widespread fascination with the stars who make it look effortless, it seems that everyone has hip hop fever.
There is something hypnotic about the death-defying dance moves that any B-boy has in his arsenal: from the popping and locking to the boogaloo, anyone with enough patience and agility can take part in the style of dance that originated in the Bronx.
Nonetheless, not everyone has the skills to support the fascination. If the potential humiliation of dance floor failure has you standing on the sidelines at parties and clubs, perhaps it is time to take matters into your own hands.
There are a range of Hip Hop classes available in Sydney, for every level of ability (or disability). The question really becomes one of preference.
The most obvious and prestigious option would be to visit the Sydney Dance Company. In the Walsh Bay premises of the Dance Company, you can study under accomplished teachers including "So You Think You Can Dance" finalist, Joel de Carteret and Luke T-Leane.
The class costs vary according to the category of tickets. For a casual visit, the fee is $20. A 10-Class Pass will set you back $150.
There are, of course, several options for the aspiring breakdancer. The D2MG City Studio is based in Liverpool Street is a 2 minute walk from Town Hall station. Charging $13 for a casual class and $120 for a 10-Class Pass, the D2MG Studio is a more affordable option, while still offering a large number of experienced teachers, who have danced in video-clips and competitions.
Dancekool is based in Parramatta and is presided over by more "So You Think You Can Dance" veterans. The prices are similar to those of D2MG, with a $1 saving for a casual class. The main attraction would be the location, if a weekly visit to the city is not a viable option.
While there are a variety of options available for anyone seeking to emulate Justin Timberlake or Jay-Z, it may not be necessary to join a Hip Hop dance company. Hip Hop mania has infiltrated even more suburban areas, so it might be a good idea to consult your local listings to find a neighbourhood dance class offering a crash course in Hip Hop.