Good Day NY's Christal Young tries a variety of dance classes offered at the Ailey Extension, including Horton, Hip-Hop, African and Vogue.
The moment she walks into the studio, Robin Dunn transforms her beginner hip-hop class into a party. Her adult students at the Ailey Extension in New York City are a mix of first time drops-ins and longtime regulars. "My agenda is big," says Dunn, a native New Yorkers. "Its more than just 'Come sweat and have fun' - I want everyone to feel better about themselves, to feel fit and cool."
It’s Monday night, and the studio at Alvin Ailey in Hell’s Kitchen is bumping. A Missy Elliott song blares from the speakers as 30 hip-hop enthusiasts — ranging from 20-somethings to unassuming moms — high-step, glide and crisscross their arms. But the most enthusiastic booty-shakers are Joseph Laino and George Junco, two middle-aged psychotherapists having the time of their lives.
Take a Hip-Hop Dance Class: Pharrell Williams' Happy is playing loud over the stereo and it's impossible not to wiggle a little bit. The studio is filling up with people stretching, bending, adjusting sweatbands, and checking themselves out in the studio's mirror wall.
Hip-hop choreographer and teacher Jonathan Lee has worked with recording artists as well-known as Madonna, Britney Spears and Pitbull, but that doesn't mean he can always connect to their music at first listen. "Sometimes I have to take away the lyrics and listen solely to the instruments," he says.
Tonight in New York City, take a Hip Hop dance class at the Alvin Ailey Dance Studios.
Hip-Hop dancer and teacher Jonathan Lee shows you how to master floats, clides and slides.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater does more than just put on a good show; it offers many classes that are open to the public.
JaQuel Knight, 20, stopped by the Ailey Extension Program on Saturday, September 12 to teach a hip-hop (emphasis on the hip) master class on his way to to MTV's Video Music Awards for his winning choreography of Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)."
As professional dancers, we know all too well the long breaks between gigs (and paychecks). While it may seem like waiting tables is the only way to pad your purse, teaching can be the perfect temp job, offering cash, flexibility, and the possibility of permanence.