During the early 1970s in New York City, music and movement came together to form a new underground art, hip-hop dance. Deeply rooted in African-American historical, social and cultural contexts, early hip-hop moves included uprock, breaking, locking, roboting, boogaloo and popping. A very energetic form of dancing, hip-hop is unique because it allows dancers to add their own moves and personalities. Today, it is danced by all ages and ethnicities.
In this session, we’ll learn some high-energy hip-hop techniques and moves.
Suggested for ages 12 through adult. No partner or previous dancing experience is necessary to register.
Following this session, consider attending Damien Escobar: Elements of Love Tour on Nov. 21.
Appropriate attire: Clothing that is comfortable to move in, with dance shoes or non-rubber-soled shoes. No sandals, please.
About the instructor: Justin David Sears-Watson grew up in Evansville, Indiana, competing as a classically trained vocalist and spending his younger years onstage as a musical theater actor and singer. He earned a degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Northern Kentucky University and then moved to Chicago, training in dance under Alexi Kremnev and Anna Reznik. He also studied at the Cincinnati Ballet School and the Giordano Jazz Dance Scholarship Program. He recently retired from Dance Kaleidoscope and is now the Artistic Director of Phoenix Rising Dance Company.
Justin has had the privilege of working with many of the best choreographers and dancers around the globe. He is excited now to be directing and teaching at his own studio