TRAINING PROGRAMS

Welcome to our training programs! Newly revamped for the fall season, we are excited to offer 2 training levels to all of our dancers for more precise direction and detailed attention. In these 3-month programs, we provide professional training from elite hip hop and street style instructors to dancers who are interested in improving their choreography and freestyle skills. Each program has a lead instructor, who will teach weekly and guide you through the 12 weeks, as well as varying guest instructors who specialize in specific street styles. 

This season, we will be hosting our very first December showcase which will feature one or two performance pieces from each of our training programs. While the focus of our programs is fundamental training, we will also incorporate this material into performance choreography.

LEVEL 1

This program is designed for (newer) dancers who enjoy professional training but at a comfortable pace. Our faculty will introduce students to the diversity of hip hop culture by training in a wide variety of street dance styles and choreography at a beginner-friendly level. Each rehearsal will be focused on learning and improving fundamental movement, as well as exploring your personal style in a welcoming environment. Gain confidence in your movement and learn from the best street style instructors in town!

2hrs weekly. No audition required. 12-week program.

This level is right for you if you:

  • have less than 1 year of hip hop experience

  • have previous dance experience but want explore hip hop & street styles

NEXT SESSION- SPRING 2019
We are currently in session, but let’s keep in touch
and we’ll let you know about our upcoming programs and classes.

LEVEL 1.5

Learn from Culturally Defined faculty and build on the basics of street dance styles at an beginner-intermediate level. Instructors will train students in a variety of street dance styles, going over both basics and expanding on techniques. The focus of these rehearsals will be to build upon your foundations and begin exploring your own creative style.

2.25hrs weekly. No audition required. 12-week program.

This level is right for you is you:

  • have 1+ years of hip hop experience

  • are comfortable with foundational grooves and movement

  • are ready for a challenge but in a comfortable environment

NEXT SESSION- SPRING 2019
We are currently in session, but let’s keep in touch
and we’ll let you know about our upcoming programs and classes.

LEVEL 2

Level 2 is directed towards dancers with some fundamental dance experience, who are looking to grow and expand their dance vocabulary. Strengthen your technique, explore your personal freestyle, and learn how to implement it into choreography. You can look forward to feedback from instructors and peers in order to create a comfortable space for dancers to share and learn from one another.

2.25hrs weekly. No audition required. 12-week program.

This level is right for you if you:

  • have 1.5+ years of hip hop experience

  • are open to valuable feedback and looking for a challenge

  • want to improve your performance and freestyle skills

NEXT SESSION- SPRING 2019
We are currently in session, but let’s keep in touch
and we’ll let you know about our upcoming programs and classes.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are these programs progressive or is each class drop-in style? 

All programs are progressive training programs; classes will build upon each other while you explore different styles of hip hop and street styles. They are not drop-in classes. 

Will there be a performance aspect to the course?

Yes! For the fall semester, we are hosting our first December show, which will be held in early December at the end of the course. Throughout the course, we will implement new material that we've learned into a piece of choreography. Dates will be confirmed by the first week of the course.

How will the classes be structured?

The first hour will focus on street style fundamentals (popping, locking, house, waacking, etc.) and the second portion will be a mix of freestyle training, choreography, or a second style of fundamentals. 

Who are the instructors?

Our senior CD alumni, Steven Salinas, will be the lead instructor for Level 1. 
Our director, Chris Wong, will be the lead instructor for Level 2. Every week, you will also learn from guest instructors who specialize in a certain street style.