As Dancers we learn to tell our stories through movement.
I get to travel all around the US, meeting alot of famous dancers and conect with alot of people through movement.
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In a typical 50 minute class I will streach and do a basic rythm warm up- to gage the level of the student. Then I will ask ask if there is anything spacific they would like to work on. Then I will choose from all the different training and experience that best fits. Then I will have them show case by practicing freestyling in the chypher (improv dancing in the middle of a cirlce) performing in frount of our group (and parents for younger kids) any skills sets I have taught them. At the end of class I'll let them know what they can expect next time!
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Objective: To use my dance and communication skills to instruct a week long dance camp with Hip Hope dance classes at More Than Dance’s studio this summer.
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Graduated December 2010
Minor in Communications
Relevant Courses: Hip Hop Dance, Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Gymnastics, Anthropology of Hip Hop, Speech, Youth Studies, Mass Communication
Skills: Videography, Spanish, Mac Computers: Adobe, GarageBand, iMovie, Word, Excel, Youtube, Social Media
Certifications: Shazzy Fitness, CPR, AED, First Aid, Oxygen, Concussion and Coaching the Experienced Driver Certifications
Hip Hope LLC National
Owner and developer Feb 2012 – Present
-Responded to national requests to be a special guest dance teacher in places like Florida’s Skool of Hip Hop, Rockwell Dance Academy in Georgia, and Kansas City International House of Prayer.
-Promoted and launched and taught Dance Classes from kids to adults at Calvary church for 3 dance seasons
-Designed and Facilitated Workshops at different churches, schools and recreation centers including: Hip Hop Dance, Flash mob, Dance Battle, Graffiti Drawing, Graffiti Mural, Hat Design
-Recruited, registered and lead teen and adult Dance Company through weekly classes and video tutorials resulting in performances backup dancing and featuring in music videos
-Planned, directed, filmed, acted in, edited three music videos with dancers from class
-Independently managed, organized, and promoted four final events with 5 to 15 volunteers in duties including MC-ing events, tickets, choreography, and performing artist resulting in audiences of 50-100 people
-Choreographed dances for artist such as Megan Hamilton, Guy, Trynesyse Jones, Ryan Daniels, and more
-Reached a Thousand Subscribers on my YouTube containing Dance Tutorials, Competitions, Interviews and more
Alesso’s Dance Spectrum St Paul, MN
Acro Dance/Hip Hop Studio Instructor October, 2013- Agust2015
-Designed a Dance Program, engaged students, taught choreography and managed performances
-Managed staff assistants by assigning duties in support of the students learning choreography
-Maintained schedule and attendance systems by making sure correct paperwork was ready for studio owner
-Communicated with parents and families of students to make sure the student has a well rounded support system in their dance education
YMCA Twin Cities and Whitebear, MN
Hip Hop Specialist Studio Instructor October, 2007-Agust 2013
-Designed and Taught Hip Hop Dance program in Whitebear, which grew from one class to three classes from 5 years old up to our Teen class and a waiting list
-Carried out Hip Hop dance programs in the community for local schools and apartment complex
-Designed mural concepts then submitted to board of directors resulting in fifteen skate park graffiti murals incorporating hands on learning for youth
-Scheduled meeting times and locations for other staff to ensure good communication
East Side Arts St. Paul, MN
Hip Hop Art Instructor February 2011- 2016
-Spoke to groups of 10 to 40 kids by preparing a class structure with clear direction to ensure youth understanding
- Conducted youth in collaboratively painting over 15 murals that were hung in St Paul Recreation centers
-Taught students basic drawing to ensure understanding concepts such as blending colors and vanishing points
-Managed supplies for Dance Class in collaboration with director at four different sites ensuring correct costumes for students with in budget
I typically have a $70/ hour minimum. So I can do a private lesson for that ammount or if there is more kids- or two classes- I can charge less.
I was a typical case of a reckless teenager- untill my parents sent me to military school- I learned how to be more self diciplined, at least on the out side. In collage- I hit a low point emotionally and went back to partying and fighting again. All the sudden Jesus turned my life around after saying a simple prayer at a ministry on New Years Eve. I imediatley lost a desire to drink and smoke and was amazed by the new found love I felt. Knowing the feeling was here to stay- I wanted to protect my new found hope- I changed my old freind group, and started getting involved with ministry. I stopped party and stayed at home alot on the weekends. So I wouldnt get board- I picked up dance as a hobby. My military trainiing came in handy- I trained every day for an hour before school and some times on the weekends for hours by my self. Dance is still new- exciting and enjoyable. I began teaching friends. I joined a dance crew. We performed at Churches and open mics. I started to intigrate dance into the ciriculums I was designing for the schools I worked at. I got hired at a start up studio- The rest was history- I love dance, and I want to share this fabulous way God gifted me with to hold on to my hope! 10 years later I am still sharing and have introduce dance theature as a way to share hope inspiring stories! You can see the preview on my website www.hiphope.biz
I have worked with Ages 3 to age 73! I have worked with Kids in the suburbs who pay top dollar to Innercity kids doing free programs. I have taught beginners to advance skill levels, some times in the same class. I have worked with one student and I have taught 100's of people in one leasson. Not much can suprize me anymore.
Practice at home- and set goals with me (your teacher) in class for your self! Ask questions about dance and career to stay motivated.
Do I have faith to beileive in my self being a great dancer? Can I picture that?
What does my sucess as a dancer look like?
What are my goals in Dance?
Am I respecting authority? (the only way I could learn is by respecting who is teaching me) Whos is going to want to teach me if I dont respect them as the authority?
Am I diciplined in my own life? Can I do somethign new even if it feels akward?
Can I not take things personally so I dont let others drama get in the way of my own sucess?
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