Who doesn't love a good dance workshop? It's an opportunity to experience new styles and different teachers than you're used to. It's very beneficial to get a new perspective and insight on what you should be working on and how to improve. After all, the more opinions the better!
Along with strengthening and improving your technique and ability to pick up choreography, workshops and intensives are fun! It's a break from the usual schedule, and it tends to remind you why you love to dance so much. Last Sunday the studio had four amazing guest teachers: Robert Taylor Jr. from SYTYCD teaching hip hop, one of our past teachers at the studio, Autumn Schneider, teaching jazz, and Lance and Danielle Guillermo from On the DL teaching hip hop and lyrical. Each had their own way of inspiring the dancers to be their best selves.
I met Robert when I lived in NYC and was taking his class at Broadway Dance Center. Even though I wouldn't call myself a hip hop dancer at all, his class was definitely my favorite out of all the classes I took at BDC. Being in his class is a blast, and you can let loose and be yourself as a dancer and person. He puts a smile on every single persons' face and makes you feel truly happy to be dancing. I took both of his classes (for each age group) and his combinations were so much fun to do in their own individual ways.
Normally with Danielle we focus on a combination the whole time, but this time we worked on technique as well. I like having a combination of technique and choreography because you need strong technique in order to pick up choreography quickly and easily. When you are sure of your technique, you can focus your attention on what you're going to add to it such as artistry and dynamics. We did an intense ab workout, then went across the floor. The first combination across the floor was somewhat long and she taught it quickly. It was practice in truly learning the movement and picking it up as fast as possible. This is a skill that is absolutely essential in the dance world. The next combination focused on turns and pirouettes. I loved Danielle's "I mean business" attitude in this class; it made me really nervous because I felt like I was at an audition! That is exactly what I needed to push me and challenge my abilities. Since we spent time on technique, she also taught her center combination very quickly, so that was even more practice with picking up choreography effectively.
This was a long, but wonderful day of dancing that I feel like I really needed. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to take class from these talented and inspiring teachers :)