Groovement Dance Company
*Now also offering online dance classes!
We offer top notch mobile dance Instruction, meaning we come to your location. We teach all ages, from 3 years old to adults ! Our students have the option of competing in dance competitions, and opportunities to get a head start on their dance careers. We educate and train dancers in various styles of dance such as Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro dance, Tumbling, Step, Lyrical, Majorette dance style, Modern, Praise, African, Afro beat, Freestyle and Combo - (ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop ( ages 4-10 only)). Groovement's choreographer, Instructor and director Alternese "Neasy" Griffin has been teaching over 16 years and has worked with MTV, FOX, Dance Competitions and more. To learn more, please visit us online at www.groovementdance.net and book your class today.
It is my passion watching my students grow and the opportunity to be apart of thier improvements. Seeing them smile and light up from their accomplishments. I love helping others reach their goals it's life rewarding.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I start by feeling out my students, how they move, what they already know, and what dance styles and music gets them going! My classes are customized to make dancers comfortable and excited about their class and learning in general!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Alternese Griffin also known as Neasy, is a Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz, Majorette, Praise, Step, and Tumbling, and general instructor. Born and raised in SC, Neasy started dancing at age 3 and started teaching professionally at age 12. She started dance with Linda Harvey doing Ballet as a child and later attended Darlene's school of Dance where she was introduced to Jazz and Acro. She has trained with Pros Darrin Henson, Christian Vincent, Nappy Tabs, Brian Friedman, Rhapsody James, Travis Wall, Sean Bankhead, Gil Duldulao, Luam, Mr. Wiggles, Kevin Meher, Laura Edwards, and Riquel Orlander of “We Are Heroes” dance crew. She has worked with MTV as a “MADE” Coach, and has been featured season 2 and 3 of FOX's “So You Think You Can Dance”. She has Performed with Music Artist: Hurricane Chris, Goody Mob, Big Boi of Outkast and more. Neasy is also the founder and creator of dance crews “KunFewZion Crew” and “Groovement Dance Company”. She has performed with and choreographed for: “J-2 Performance Group” in Charleston, SC under the direction of James Johnson, “SC Movin' On Dance Company” in Goose Creek SC, Trudy's School of Dance, under direction of Linda Oltman, and “Magnolia Dance Company” in Summerville SC. Alternese has also made her boot print in the competitive dance world as a teenager. She's a title winner of “Platinum First Place” as a Hip-Hop soloist at Dance Masters, Nextstar, and Showstopper dance competitions. Neasy has recently won Diamond Awards for her All Boys Hip-Hop Company Classes in 2014 and 2015. Her Large group Hip Hop number in 2013, her Teen Jazz and Contemporary numbers in 2015, along with a judges choice award for “Most Entertaining” at “Dance Machine” competition. She was honored with the judges choice "Choreography" Award in 2016 for her emotional contemporary piece "Lay Me Down." 2017, she has received “First Place overall” rewards for her Acro Senior Duet piece and Senior Solo Danced by Terry Nelson, one of her advanced students, along with dancer Lily Summers. Currently Neasy is a Artist Development Coach for Indie Music Artists and dance choreographer to all.
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$55 per hour for private one on one class.
$65 per hour for competitive one on one class.
$80 per hours for duet, trio, and small group (under 10 students) in class.
$100 per hour for 10 or more students, basic rate
Or $10 per head for one hour class.
How did you get started teaching?
Growing up in a small city like Charleston, SC; becoming a professional Dancer isn’t exactly what you'd call a first-choice career. All I knew was I had this passion, this urge to move my feet and tap my toes to anything I heard, rather is be music, construction work, or even something as normal as a water faucet dripping. I found music in everything. I would sit in class at school and come up with choreography to the sound of the clock ticking while waiting for last period to end. It wasn't until I was in 7th grade that I discovered that I could have a career in dance. In English class, I was assigned to write a research paper about my hobby or something that brought me peace. I wrote my research paper about dance, of course. Through my research I learned that there was such thing as creating dance moves and putting them in order to music and lyric; and it was called choreography.
At the time, there were no hip-hop dance classes being offered in my city, only Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. I never knew about hip-hop, break dancing and hip-hop crews back then. Later, when I was just finishing 6th grade, I saw an ad in the paper advertising a dance school and at the bottom it read Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. You could have only imagined how I felt when I saw those two words. My mother took me to the studio and signed me up for class. I remembered my first day, how excited I was and couldn't stop moving while the teacher was teaching. I was in my own little world. The following month my dance teacher Mrs. Teressa, invited me to the “Showstopper” dance convention; I never knew anything like that existed. From there, I then started research on other workshops and dance conventions and stumbled across one that drew me in, it was called “Monsters of Hip-Hop”. I attended that convention and in all of two days my mind went to another level. I gained so much knowledge there on how to create and find my own groove (style). Also there, I auditioned to be a part of a performance the convention was putting together called "The Show". I didn't make the cut, howeve; I was grateful for the opportunity and wanted to learn more. How could I be the person on stage teaching my choreography to all of those amazing dancers? That weekend revealed that I wanted to create. Since then till this day all I can hear in my head is Marty Kuldelka's voice saying, "Nice groove girl,” that’s exactly what it was, my own groove! This meant having my own voice through movement not being like anyone else, but myself through dance.
Dance is my escape it is “Groovement”. Groovement Dance Company, is centered around helping dancer find their grooves in dance whether it be: hip-hop, contemporary, or African! Developing them to find their dance styles and helping them cultivate it. We are here to give dance students a head start and chance to become the dancer they were born to be and begin a career as a professional in the art of dance; Thus, helping them "Groove to their destination!" Alternese C. Griffin
What types of students have you worked with?
All levels from no experience to professional and all ages youngest 4 years old and oldest 80 years old.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure that you have or could have a true learning connection with your instructor. Everyone teaches differently and its important that you understand each other. The more comfortable with your Instructor, the better the results and will to learn.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Think outcome you want, how serious you are about your dance goals, making sure the genre of dance you are seeking is the genre that the instructor offers and your budget.