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Valerie Ho (she/her), also known as “Ms. Vee,” is a multi-faceted dancer and performer whose movement background includes Hip-Hop (Freestyle, Breaking, Popping, Locking), House, Chinese Dance, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Swing, Salsa, Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu), Capoeira, and Yoga.
Specializing in street dance and Hip-Hop culture, Ms. Vee has studied with such greats as Mr. Wiggles, Skeeter Rabbit, Popin Pete, Greg Campbellock Jr., Ken Swift and Buddha Stretch, to na...read more
This class focuses on the foundation of Hip Hop dance - all the grooves, vocabulary, techniques, and history that make Hip Hop what it is. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced dancer, there is a place for everyone in this class, because everyone needs foundation! The aim of this class is to connect the dots between the origins of this dance (ie. the FLAVA!) and choreography based work.
50min Warm Up filled with grooves, dynamic stretching, core work, and technique and vocab
10-20min of Technique breakdown and drilling of 1-3 things
20-30min of a short phrase where the techniques that were just practiced are applied in choreography
*Underage dancers welcomed
This class is meant for people who are new to popping and experienced poppers alike. Particular focus is spent on the actual technique of "how to pop", what is happening in the body and the muscles, what are ways to conceptualize it in our heads, and how to approach it safely. Each week there will be a different technique focus, where a vocabulary step is broken down and variations are drilled. The class is concluded with a short phrase in which all the techniques that were just practiced are put into application.
*Because this dance and technique are so difficult there is a certain level of mental focus and body control required, hence this age requirement.
This class is designed for students with little or no experience in Breaking. It focuses on the foundations of the dance – toprock, footwork and freezes. Vocabulary will be broken down with emphasis on technique, style, musicality and an understanding of the history and evolution of the dance.