TRAINING PROGRAMS

Welcome to our training programs! 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. Through training in fundamental styles such as popping, locking, waacking, house, and more, our dancers build on their foundations to better understand their own movement. 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.

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.
Next available term- Spring 2019

MONDAYS 6-8pm at 1401 W Broadway St.

This level is right for you if you:

  • have less than 1 year of hip hop experience

  • want to explore the basics of hip hop & street styles

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 basics and expanding on technique and precision. The focus of these rehearsals will be to build upon your foundations and begin exploring your own creative movement and style.

2hrs weekly. No audition required. 12-week program.
Next available term- Spring 2019

THURSDAYS 8-10pm at One Thousand Rivers (54 E 4th Ave).

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

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.

2hrs weekly. No audition required. 12-week program.
Next available term- Spring 2019

MONDAYS 8-10pm at 1401 W Broadway St.

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


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. 

I’ve completed one term of training with CD and am interested in moving forward, what should I do next?

If you found your course level to be a good challenge, we highly recommend that you take the same level again. Each term is organized with different focuses and instructors so that you can retake a course while still building on your repertoire. If you found your course level quite comfortable, you’re welcome to move up to the next level. If you can’t decide, feel free to ask your instructor for advice! We’re here to help.