For Dance Education

Digital training material for established and upcoming teachers

Videos & E-books

that detail dance & hip hop education


  • 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.

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.

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 in order to  assist in their hip hop classes. These e-books guide you through everything you need for your school year!

Consider this your curriculum. Follow the month-by-month plans listed in the core book to help you find the most effective way to structure a program! These methods and tips give you the tools you need to make every class, every level, every week matter .

Aside from the month-by-month planner, entire chapters are dedicated to all the things you want to know about real class structure, authentic hip hop, and how to combine the 2 worlds in an effective way.  We dig into everything from warm-ups, to class exercises, terminology and much more. If you are looking for a convenient and cost effective way to learn some of the most important secrets about hip hop education, this handbook is for you!

View a page of The Hip Hop Handbook



Make your selection here. All items are digital products made available to you through an email download. Once you've made your purchase, please allow up to 24 hours to receive your product via email. Join countless teachers around  the U.S, Canada, Europe, Australia and more places around the globe incorporating this work into their classroom! Videos are currently available as digital media, available for download via email once payment is made. Need a hard copy? Contact me for options!

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Essentials Class Content Series: Breakin for Beginners

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Let's shed all the extra content of the workshop videos and get down to exactly what you want.. Class content! Each video workshop in this series will focus on a single subject of the primary teacher training videos, giving you a new set of steps, how they relate to each other, & what to do with them.

In "Breakin' for Beginners", you get a set of steps you can use in your hip hop classes that focus on one of the original 4 elements of hip hop, breakdancing. In this video, you will learn breakdowns of basic toprock moves, floorwork, drops, freezes, & lessons on how to choreograph and teach with these steps. The steps listed in this video are made to connect with each other to easily combine movement. You also get notes on variations and tips on how to create infinite new footwork patterns that branch off of these steps. This content is best used in standard hip hop class, boys hip hop, and for personal use to expand on creativity and comfort with grounded movement.

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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