North Crest introduces a class that teaches the art of break dancing. In today’s media, kids observe shows such as America’s Best Dance Crew, So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance, etc. These shows are full of dancer’s who are throwing unbelievable tricks that seem to defy gravity. In this beginner class, the dancer will learn and gain knowledge of the following: strength building, self-confidence, self-awareness, body awareness, discipline/respect, and of course the foundation of break dancing.
David comes with 26 years of dance, and has been teaching the art of hip-hop and break dancing for over 13 years. Throughout his college career at St Cloud State University, he organized and ran a break dancing organization that allowed individuals to learn the foundation of break dancing and to learn about self-confidence. The organization performed at many venues locally in the St Cloud area as well as the surrounding areas. His passion to teach his art and watch the dancer succeed is his goal in every class he teaches. He now joins the North Crest family to teach his art of hip-hop and break dancing. In addition to this, David also coach’s gymnastics as well. His knowledge of self-awareness, and body awareness is something he strives to teach/coach in every session.
There are 3 main parts of break dancing:
Top Rocking (basic) – this aspect teaches rhythm and understanding the concept of “feeling” the music. Before a break dancer starts to hit the ground with any skills, they dance and “play” around with the music.
Footwork (basic-intermediate) – this is one of the basic foundations of break dancing. When the art started back in the late 70’s, it started with solely footwork. When a break dancer is foot-working, it appears as if they are doing intricate leg work and can make them look as if they are running on the floor. There are 4 basic steps that makes up the core footwork: 6-step, 4-step, 3-step, 2-step. There are others such as: CC, coffee grinder/helicopter, double-legged coffee grinder, etc. that supplement the core steps to add a degree of “flashiness”
Power Moves (basic-advanced) – this is where most dancers want to start. These are the “flashy/gravity defying” moves seen on TV and in movies. To really understand the power moves, the dancer must truly understand the first 2 bullets. Power moves are difficult, and even basic ones are difficult and can take months to understand. Nonetheless, the dancer will learn a basic power move or 2 during the year.