Adult Hip Hop Class is Changing Locations!!!

After Thanksgiving, my Adult Hip Hop Class will be on Tuesdays from 6-7p.m. and will be in held in the beautiful spacious studios of the Artisan’s Courtyard.  The Artisan’s Courtyard is the beautiful new building located off College Rd. across from Woodway.   Classes will still consist of warmup/stretch, workout, technique, and choreography.    I have many hard core thug pieces mixed in with some house pieces as well as some sexy pieces in store for you.  Hope you can come dance with me!!!

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Upcoming performance!!

The Dance REVolution Crew is performing at the 53rd annual Cham Fashional.  This is a pretty big black tie event with tickets selling at $100 a piece so we wanted to do something really special.  “Walking on Air” choreographed by Kendell Macomber and Kadey Ambrose is a truly phenomenal dance number that fuses Hip hop with Ballet and Jazz.  As the theme of this years Cham is “Circus” our characters are tight rope walkers.  The Crew has been preparing for this for slightly over a month, and been overcoming obstacles the whole way.  We’re dancing with umbrellas as props, and we choreographed a lot of the dance before we recieved the umbrellas from, Baum’s, a dance store.  Turns out the umbrellas were crap!!  Many arrived broken or with missing chunks of fabric, while others broke shortly after inspection.  Baum’s refused to reimburse or send new umbrellas without more payment so in short.  DON’T ORDER FROM BAUM’S!!  They’ll rip you off!! The performers were starting to sweat and worry on how to deal with this issue, which after some brain-storming was solved with fabulous duct-tape!  Also the other obstacle was the fact that I was sewing the pants!!  Too busy to sew!!!  In the end I got them done, maybe not as well-made as they could have been, but they still look fabulous. (If I do say so myself!)

Shout out to all the performers: Carol, Chantel, Yolanda, Rebekah, Iris, Kadey, Jeni, Jasmine, and Jenna for putting so much time and effort into making this dance look and feel spectacular!!  You are all wonderful dancers and it has been my pleasure to work with you!!  Thanks so much!

Will be posting pictures shortly after Saturday!!!  So stay tuned!!

Classes are about to Restart!!!!

Hello everybody!!  I hope that you’ve had a fantastic summer, and that your ready for some dancing!   Classes will restart a week after school.  That makes Wednesday the 29th the first Jr. Hip Hop class, which will be at the same time, 4:30-5:30.  Thursday the 30th is the Adults class from 7-8pm.  I’ve got lots of new moves and choreography to teach!!  Doors open at 4:15.   Please remember a clean pair of dance shoes to wear on the dance floor, and kneepads, and a water bottle are a plus.  See you soon!

Bookfair Performance

Thank you Carol Smallwood at the University Park Elementary for inviting Dance Revolution Crew to perform at the bookfair at Barnes & Noble to raise money for their library.  We asked the dancers on Thursday if they were willing to perform on Saturday, so it was put together really quick.  Luckily Ben, Austyn, Rebekah, Carol, and Yolanda joined me in performing.  We didn’t really get to practice and clean up the dances beforehand and we had to adjust formations on the spot, but what a blast.  I enjoyed how laid back it was that as we danced we could talk and I’d ask a person to go up front for a certain freestyle session.  The people started finding spots to watch from when we were warming up and they stayed for all three numbers that we perfomed.  What a fantastic crowd too!!  The smiles and the applause made us all feel great and want to dance more!!  Thanks again dancers for representing, and again to Carol as well for having us out there!!

A Night of World Dance

Everytime that I get to perform with the dancers in Dance Revolution Crew I feel satisfied and proud.  Even though as performers we pick our performance apart count by half count, and list off our mess-ups, just know that everybody looked Fantastic!!!  It’s a pleasure to work with people who want to perform to their best and put all the effort into getting there.  All the extra practices, moments that you practiced moves in your house, closing your eyes and imagining the dance in your head is worth it for those moments on stage when your heart starts pounding, the adrenaline rushes, the movements comes easily, and then the crowd roars, whistles, and claps.

I’ve had so much fun in rehearsals and classes with everybody!  I’m glad there are so many comedians among us, and that we can spend our time together with so much laughter as well as dance.

New Semester and Upcoming Performance

I know it has been awhile since my last post.  Sorry about that, life has just been a bit crazy lately.  This break I had the pleasure to work with Jeremy Knutsen and Jordan Julian in the middle schools of Fairbanks.  They are two wonderful hip-hop teachers and choreographers that came up from L.A to teach workshops at a local studio and teach dance at Tanana and Ryan Middle Schools. 

Jordan Julian, Kendell Macomber, Jeremy Knutsen (from L-R)

Working in the schools was fun and tiring!  Every class I did the sit-ups and push ups with them, so by the end of the two weeks I had done over 5,000 sit-ups.  Jeremy and jordan’s styles contrasted each other nicely, and I learned a lot from them. 

  Good luck Jordan with the ABDC tryouts, and hopefully we will see you back up here for Summer Fine Arts Camp.

On another important note, dance classes have started back up at the dance hall! 

Jr’s. Hip Hop class is Wednesday 4:30-5:30

Adults hip hop class is Thursday 7-8:00

 I encourage showing up at least ten minutes early!!!

In the Jr class we work on everything from breakdancing, tutting, waving, gliding, to popping, locking, choreography and much more!  My adult class is more choreography orientated.  We do work on specific techniques that apply to the choreography piece we’re doing.  There are many performance opportunities as well.

Speaking of performing, my adult group the Dance Revolution Crew will be performing this Sunday at the Night of World Dance fundraiser for the American Cancer Association.  We are performing a fantastic piece!!  The best yet!  I hope you are able to come out and support some fantastic local talent and its all for a really good cause.  Show is at the Civic Center in Pioneer Park at 1:00!

Cham Fashional 2011 a Success!!

Twenty dancers young and older worked really hard for about two months.  They learned and worked hard to perfect the choreography they were taught, and to add their own style in the freestyle section.  It was my pleasure to work with so many fun and dedicated dancers.  No matter how tired I was before practice, they gave me energy. 

The show at the Cham was fantastic!!  I’ve had so many people come up and say how they enjoyed watching us dance.  One person said it was like watching T.V. only better.  Many want to know when we are performing next.  It’s amazing how so much work goes into such a short amount of time when you perform.  Well worth it though!!

 I hope I get to work with all the dancers again in class and

 for the next show!  Stay tuned for video of the full show rehearsal and the Show.

Thanks again!!!