Toronto TV Hip Hop Lesson

Showing Mary how to get grounded for hip hop
Showing Mary how to get grounded for hip hop

I love TV interviews. Last Thursday, I was interviewed by the host of CBC’s Living In Toronto, Mary Ito. She has a daytime television show, with segments that focus on getting active and trying fun, new activities in Toronto.

A few things we discussed were the origins and evolution of hip hop dance from the street dancers of the late 70’s. We also briefly talked about the hip hop choreography of today, how mainstream hip hop dance has become, what my dance class style is, the relationship of hip hop music and hip hop dance, and how accessible learning to dance really is.

BTW, I do believe hip hop culture and dance is accessible to everybody who wants to learn, and should not be limited to a certain people or demographic. We had a great, engaging conversation, I hope the solid points in our conversation will be shown.

The best part… I had 3 of my dance students participate, all different levels. I led them through a short and easy warm up.  Mary joined us in learning some basic dance moves in a fun hip hop routine, which she’s never done before. She’s a TINY lady, and loves to dance. Watching her pop her “boo-tay” made my day!

Showing pulled up posture of ballet and contemporary dance
Showing pulled up posture of ballet and contemporary dance
Talking about hip hop dance
Sharing a moment
Posing with the group after the lesson
Posing with the group after the lesson

I hope her 17 year old son appreciates her new hip hop dance moves! Should be on TV in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

– Shawn B

Published by shawnbyfield

Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion, Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

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