Hip Hop is alive and well – While today’s pop culture has just been regurgitating the same MTV stereotypes and misinformation, it does not represent the truth within the culture. Hip Hop is more than my culture, it is my last name, which i represent with pride and do my best to represent it properly.
I make it my priority to bring history, culture and integrity to those that are willing to learn.
I have been blessed to be raised in NYC and still share experiences with Graffiti pioneers, Breakin’ icons, legendary DJ’s and giant MC’s. Allowing me to learn first hand what this culture is about.
My classes and workshops cover many aspects surrounding (NY Style) Hip Hop Dance, Graffiti, Style, Emotion and its culture. It’s a learning process, generated from my experiences raised in NYC. From the club scene, to performing worldwide as a dancer and choreographer, i am blessed to have so much to share.
I have seen how Hip Hop and other Street Styles have crossed over all kinds of boundaries. The NYC nightlife has molded my skills around many styles starting with Mambo/Salsa and then branching out to Breakin’, House, Hip Hop, Popping and Locking. Appreciating that these elements are important, it is still overshadowed by what should always come first…. the skill of pure Dance.
As a Graffiti Writer and Muralist i have seen how the visual aspect has transcended into all kinds of media. Being a 2nd generation member of the world renowned TATS cru, true graffiti legends, world Mural Kings and my mentors, my roots play a significant role in how i artistically express what this culture means and the content of what I teach in classes/workshops. Encompassing the bigger picture of Hip Hop culture.
No student will be asked or expected to master any of these elements and/or styles. This is a field that requires the same amount of time, energy and dedication as any other genres that has been accepted by the “mainstream”. Even though Hip Hop still falls behind in credibility, it is arguably one of the largest Art movement in history.
One main goals is to shed light on this misunderstood, vilified, raw, yet beautiful American Art form.
Students are only asked to show respect and be willing to participate when and if they feel comfortable.