POPPING TECHNIQUE & FREESTYLE

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Monday 8:30 – 10:00 pm Or Wednesday 8:15 – 9:45 pm

Course Objectives

Popping Foundations

Connecting With Music

Freestyling

PURPOSE

You will learn and improve techniques of the popping style to become proficient at basic freestyling. You will learn proper techniques and timing as well as understand the relationship with music in a freestyle context with an emphasis on rhythm and movement combined with technique.

You should expect consistent feedback and critiques based on weekly class meetings as well as communication outside of class to provide guided exercises and drills to maximize your improvement in this course. You should expect detailed explanations for all the material covered and are encouraged to ask questions to better understand the course.

BACKGROUND

I started learning the dance style of popping in 2002 and have been teaching since 2011. I initially started learning from video tutorials created by Mr. Wiggles, Popin Pete, and the late Skeeter Rabbit from the Electric Boogaloos and would later learn from other dancers locally. I’ve entered many freestyle dance competitions and street performances throughout the years, but now focus mainly on teaching with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained.

I’m connected to this course because I feel building a strong foundation and understanding of the style is crucial to being able to freestyle and develop a connection with the music. Being able to do that with a group of individuals all working towards improving and exploring popping and freestyling ensures success as we can all motivate and inspire each other regardless of our current experience with dancing.

It’s important because even though it is a dance that is mainly done solo, the connection and true essence of the culture can only be done by interacting with others.

Course Syllabus

  • Week 1: Popping/Intro to Music Theory
  • Week 2: Angles and Movement/Music Theory Part 2
  • Week 3: Direction and Levels/Rhythms for Grooves
  • Week 4: Twists and Isolated Movements/8 Count Phrasing
  • Week 5: Footwork/Floats and Glides
  • Week 6: Waves/Movement Dynamics
  • Week 7: Waves 2/Musical Phrasing
  • Week 8: Putting it All Together

You will receive a weekly video of your progress throughout the class to document your journey in this course, which I will capture and upload to a google drive folder specific to the course. In addition, a final freestyle video at the end will be made for each student that is filmed on week 8.

You will be more confident and have a better understanding of the connection music has with freestyle.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What skill level do I need to be to take a TAG course?

Required background for each TAG course will vary, though most courses are open to students of all levels. If you need further details or assistance, please reach out and consult with our front desk staff.

How big are classes sizes for TAG?

Class sizes will depend on the number of people signed up for a course. Class sizes may range from 3-10 people.

Can I take more than one TAG at a time?

Yes, as long as there is no schedule overlap among the courses you would like to sign up for, you can take more than one TAG course at a time. Each course will be individually charged the full amount.

What happens when I withdraw my enrollment during the TAG course?

The initial payment is non-refundable, however for any monthly payments already made, customers will be refunded for a prorated amount equivalent to the amount of any sessions beyond the time of withdrawal.

For example: A customer has paid the $180 initial payment and the first installment of $70. The customer only attended two sessions and has decided to withdraw from the course. This customer will receive a $35.00 refund.

Why is pricing different for monthly payments dependent on the number of students?

The number of students within each TAG course influences the amount of time each individual student will have with the mentor of the course. Thus, depending on the number of students enrolled in the course, the price will scale accordingly.

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