Servicing dance studios, dance companies, & all other artists looking for alternative performance options in and around New Jersey.

Are you looking for a new (social distancing friendly) option for your show?  Recitals, showcases, competitions & other events have been cancelled or transformed as a result of the current pandemic.  As a company director, I wanted to explore every new option that would allow my group to continue working. My philosophy tells me never to settle, but to find the most exciting response to any hurdles we're given. That's when I began exploring the idea of a drive-in movie version of our next show!

To understand the benefit of this unique alternative,I think it's important to explore the "why". Why do we as artists thrive on live shows? What is it about live shows that have kept us in theaters and off of live streams? For me, it's all about:

The Process

Crafting your work for the stage  isn't just rewarding on the stage. It's rewarding through every rehearsal as you build toward the show date. Knowing you are perfecting your work for that moment carries a very unique momentum few others understand.

The Audience Experience

The most obviously difficult pill to swallow with live streaming shows is the absence of your audience. No cheering. No community gathering. The giving-receiving energy we experience from performer to audience was the driving force behind building this new format.

The "Show Week" Hype

Costumes.  Tech rehearsal. Dress rehearsal.  Those final runs are almost as exciting as the show itself!

Without a doubt, our process will feel different without our traditional live show dynamic. However, I've realized that MOST of what I want out of these shows can be found in a pop-up cinema. From the "premiere" of  your work, to your commmunity gathering, to the reintroduction of goals and projects for your artistic endeavors, the drive-in can deliver!

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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