Hip Hop

Immerse yourself in the culture of hip-hop as you learn to pop, lock, break, with classic moves like Da Mona Lisa and new choreography from the nation's best hip-hop dance crews, past and present. Vivacious and energetic, classes are available for novices through experienced and provide a great mix of cardio and stretching.

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Step Up Your Dance Moves This Summer At Ailey Extension With Performance Workshop Series & Master Classes

(New York) July 20, 2018 – Ailey Extension invites dancers to find their summer groove with exciting workshops and master classes. In addition to its annual Summer Performance Workshop series, Ailey Extension will offer an Alonzo King LINES Ballet Master Class with Meredith Webster and a “Werk That Twerk” workshop with famed hip-hop instructor TweetBoogie. These opportunities allow students to refine their technique, boost stage presence, and perform movement highlighting their personal style while learning from some of New York City’s top instructors at The Ailey Studios.

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New York Post - We Used Hip-Hop To Lose 160 Pounds

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.

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Lonely Planet - 15 Fun Things To Do In New York

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.

Dance Teacher - Jonathan Lee: Music For Hip Hop

Dance Teacher - Jonathan Lee: Music For Hip Hop

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.