Jonathan Reyes

K-Pop,  Urban Choreography

What do you want people to get from your class?

For my hip hop class, I want everyone to simply have fun! As someone who started dancing late (at 21), it can be intimidating for many people to start dancing at a late age; so I want to bridge the gap for people who’ve never danced before and dancers who’ve been training for x amount of years. I’ll be teaching foundation moves, and eventually get students to develop their own style by learning how to create their own dances (i.e. freestyling). I want students to understand the history and philosophy of hip-hop dance, in addition to the dance itself.

With the rise of K-Pop, this class is aimed to grow the K-Pop dance community in Halifax. Co-teaching with Iris Yin, we’ll be learning different covers from your favourite idols, such as BTS, GOT7, EXO, iKon, Blackpink, Red Velvet, Twice, etc. No experience is necessary, just the love for K-Pop and dance!

What motivates you to dance?

The hip-hop/urban/street dance scene has grown tremendously since it’s early days with the breaking (also known as “breakdancing”) scene emerging in mainstream media. Up to this day, there’s so many different dances and styles to learn from each dancer/choreographer. The hip-hop culture puts a lot of emphasis on the “each one, teach one” mantra, so I enjoy learning from other people regardless of their style. Even if it’s a different style from mine, I always learn a new move/groove and make it my own.

What are some highlights of your career as a dancer/choreographer?

Joining the dance team of SMU! This is where I developed my techniques, and when I started developing an interest in making my own choreography. Collaborating with other dancers/choreographers, ranging from close friends to exchange students from Japan, for difference dance project (e.g. dance videos, workshops) is also one of my highlights as a choreographer.

 

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