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

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