Toronto Hip Hop For Bunheads Dance Workshop


Here is one of those “specials” that I let my subscribers and friends in on every once in a while.

As you probably know, during summer I offer workshops that focus on specific skills.

Plus, we have amazing hip hop classes all year. We’re half way through our Summer term of Adult hip hop dance classes. If you missed out, here’s a fun video:

Check out the sweat on my shirt, we gettin’ some good exercise! We danced to a funky group called TUXEDO in the Monday class. Amazing work everyone.

A few awkward moments with those chairs, but we worked it out. =)

Ok, back to what I was talking about earlier.

Now get this: On Saturday August 19th, the next dance workshop will be… [Drum roll please]

…a two hour, kid friendly, hip hop dance workshop for “ballerinas” and “bun-heads!” This two hour workshop will start at 4 pm that Saturday afternoon.

Why am I doing this?

Because I realize we all learn differently. We all have different dance backgrounds, training and abilities. We all have habits that were embedded in us from an early age. And as they say… old habits die hard.

As an award-winning choreographer, and a highly sought out hip hop dance instructor, I’ve personally helped hundreds of dancers from coast to coast find their groove in the classroom, and on stage.

So that’s why I’ve created this class: to help those of us who are “hip hop challenged” because of our inability to “let go” of our previous jazz and ballet training.


Ages 12 and up

Everyone must have dance training, not a beginner dance workshop. But it’s ok to be awkward =)

 You know who I’m talkin’ about… Those who can’t ever relax, and have problems getting low. Or those who just can’t seem to hunch over because their spine and butt muscles are permanently engaged.

And, for those of you who are clearly missing the “funky” gene in your DNA. Know anyone that fits the bill? Do YOU fit the description?

After thinking long and hard for a really cool name for this class, I’ve finally decided to call it:

“Hip Hop For Bunheads”

That way, there’s no confusion as to what the class is about. =)

Up until now, there hasn’t been a hip hop class that completely addressed the needs of jazzarinas (aka jazz dancers and ballerinas). Sure, you’re flexible, agile, and can do pirouettes better than anyone else… but sometimes, you have difficulty with the funky factor. Right?


  • Basic breakdance and hip hop dance  history
  • The 4 main  foundational styles and newer elements of hip hop dance
  • Listen to popular musical influences and artists and improve your musicality
  • Learn about influential shows and films that showcase hip hop dance
  • How your jazz and ballet can be an asset to hip hop dance
  • Get a strength-training and cardio workout
  • Learn drills and skills to improve your footwork and become less awkward
  • Discover a few leading choreographers locally and globally to follow and learn from
  • Get inspired, learn new moves and have fun
  • Learn groove steps and basics, plus a choreographed routine you can show off
  • And so much more…  But most importantly, you’ll feel your CONFIDENCE grow in our short time together!

Having a jazz and ballet background myself (YES, I was also trained in jazz dance and ballet… you learn something new every day don’t you?) I’m able to personally help you through this difficult time.


But only if you follow these 3 steps:

1.) TELL A FRIEND today about this class. Text them. Snapchat them. Share this info, and decide to join in the fun Saturday August 19th, at 4 pm.

2.) REGISTER for this class. On TUESDAY AUGUST 8th, I’ll be opening registration for this event. You must register in advance. Make sure to come back to this page, all the info will be here for you.

3.) SHOW UP. But WITHOUT leg warmers and jazz shoes. Hip hop people! HIP HOP. Dressing the part will help you look and feel the part. No high ponytails either. =(

*** NOTICE ***

Now listen to this very carefully: As I mentioned above, TUESDAY AUGUST 8th is when registration starts. My workshops fill quickly, so don’t be the one who misses out because you didn’t put a reminder in your phone.

Lastly, if you’re a bunhead or jazzarina, you owe it to yourself to check out what this workshop has to offer you. Don’t sleep on this, because I’m only running it once. If you’re looking for a chance to finally get down, WITHOUT looking like a fish outta water… you need to get in this workshop. Here’s the details again:

4pm – 6pm

819 Yonge Street, TORONTO

Spread the news today, and don’t miss registration next Tuesday!


– Shawn Byfield

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 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

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