For Dance Education

Digital training material for established and upcoming teachers

This is  training material for all dance teachers. I aim to heighten the way hip hop is offered in class. We emphasize art, education and the roots of hip hop to restructure class as a place of information, not just choreography. My work is intended to give tools to dance teachers that are in need of new information. In my own classes, I use my understanding of class structure from ballet and modern to deliver a hip hop experience that feels educational and authentic. By applying technique, terms, and dance history from the realm of street dance, my students get to plant their feet in proper foundation. These programs cover topics that can help teachers do the same. Information is given in a way that helps teachers build from any starting point.


  • Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Locking, Popping - Terminology, Technique, History,Modern Approach Vs. Foundational Style

  • Warm-ups & Across the Floor - What to focus on, how to build your own, purpose behind key exercises

  • Discipline - Approaching  student behavior in a style of movement that encourages students to be more wild ( Due to the freedom of movement, encouragement of self expression and frequent association with hip hop and their own social environment outside of class)

  • Structure - Utilizing class time effectively, a guide to the school year, games & exercises

  • Age groups - Adjusting your movement for various ages. Adjusting your class focus for various ages.

  • Creative Movement -  The basics of choreographing and freestyling. Keeping the "hip hop" in your movement when you create modern work and understanding the rules of  classic movement.

  • Specified objectives - Adapting movement and adjusting focus for boys only classes, special needs, beginners, college prep, auditions, & more.

Each video in this series is jam packed with terms, technique, advice & concepts. Everything in the video is based dance education methods I crafted personally.  It serves to make hip hop make sense without re-imagining the dance culture it comes from. Every word used has its place in street dance history and no lesson is given with disregard for its source.

Workshop Videos


The ultimate companion to your school year! Hip Hop teachers around the world  commonly request  curriculums, advice and anything else they can get their hands on as a pocket guide to hip hop classes. These e-books cover a range of topics as in-depth explanations and tools for education.

The flagship e-book is the "Hip Hop Handbook".  This guide was the first e-book to be developed for the Essentials program and continues to be the best seller of all digital products year after year.

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The  Essentials Store

Shop here for all currently available. products. Each video & e-book are available as a digital download which will be sent to you via e-mail usually within 24 hours of purchase. The products are dropbox downloads, however you do not need  a dropbox account to access the item. Simply follow the link to download. 


Service products include digital media that is customized to your order and you will be provided with further information on production time. If you encounter any issues or have questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

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Ordering a Custom Curriculum or Video Tutorial

If you purchased a custom curriculum, fill out this form to get a head start & provide me with some additional information on your request. I may be in touch to confirm information given in order to properly produce your request. If you are looking for multiple curriculums for different class levels, I recommend filling out this form before purchase in order to discuss my format as well as discounts I offer for more than one custom order.

When ordering a video tutorial,  it is recommended that you fill out this form as well, in order to provide details of your request.  Since tutorials are developed per request, the cost of each tutorial is based mainly on production time of a single video. To save money, be sure to inquire about my readily available videos to be sure the content you're seeking isn't already available in established media.

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        We were able to host John recently in our studio for two student workshops divided by ages, an adult class and a teacher training. I had followed him on social media and had always been impressed by his level of knowledge and passion to teach REAL hip hop. We were blown away by his knowledge once we met him in person and his training-in addition to his curriculum-has shaped our hip hop program in our studio! I highly recommend using John as a resource however you can, whether it is his curriculum or a live session. He is truly one of the best out there!

- Jessica Reagle

Owner: Jessica's Dance Academy, Swansboro NC

        I had John out to my studio over the summer for teacher training. I am so glad that I had more than just my hip hop teachers in the room as his tips, exercises and approaches can be used in all genres. They are true teaching tools. John gives a true foundation and education on hip hop culture and brings you back to where it comes from and the why. His personality is infectious and his passion for not only his art  but educating others is evident. He has made himself available  to be a mentor to one of my newer staff members and we have purchased his curriculum for our studio. I can't say enough about him except he is the real deal.

- Tiffany Prout-Leitao

Owner:  Center Stage Dance Academy, Masschusetts

     John Comix Barrella has visited our studio twice since 2018 and he has inspired, educated and infused excitement into our hip hop programs.  Not only does he deliver memorable and current class work, he is authentic.  He studies so he can share and inspire with so much knowledge.  Our hip hop instructor uses his teaching material to continue to develop a strong and growing program at our studio.  After year one, our dancers looked forward to learning new styles that were presented with so much detail that they could retain the information and build on John's workshop visit throughout the season. 

- Jillian Duhadway

Owner: Duhadway Dance Dimensions, Alma MI