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A dance Experience

  Professional, competitive, & recreational dancers from around and outside of the United States have trained under me, adopting my unique methods to form an identity while learning hip hop & street dance. Choreographers and teachers as well have trained with me to practice effective methods for educating within hip hop without diluting the styles in a dance studio setting. Branching outward from my live workshops, my consultation work & training material has become a regular resource for teachers all over the world.

What makes this program so different is the emphasis on education while honoring what makes hip hop the artform that it is.

 Most importantly, it is an invaluable and extraordinary environment for growth, self-empowerment and success.

What are the essential ingredients of a street dancer?

A  strong, well educated street dancer should be able to trace their movement back to the proper foundation.  Without realizing it, many dancers end up with movement that has a foundation closer to jazz, ballet or other styles. I train dancers to understand that there is a range of dance styles they need to get familiar with first.  Creative approaches and fresh musical influences evolve their vocabulary from the starting point of hip hop or related styles.  Students of mine understand these styles through and through. That is our starting point to create even more modern styled choreography. Work that abides by the rules of the genre, and work that is honest whether it is aiming to be true to the art form, or only influenced by a genre.

Hip Hop is Many things

I will not bring my hip hop class to you.

My classes are structured for a school year of learning & weekly progress. With guest work, I design a class experience that understands our brief time together.  Keeping in mind the limited hours we have to train or set choreography, the lessons given are made to maximize the quality of information a student can receive in a short term class.

Students leave my class with TOOLS to continue training.. long after I am gone.

Lasting, valuable techniques to boost student creativity, performance, & understanding of this art form.  Movement utilized in my lessons are made to compliment any hip hop program as it establishes my philosophy on dance. Most importantly, students in my program experience empowerment, encouragement, freedom, & professionalism.

Most  Requested Classes:

Hip Hop  Fundamentals & Social Dances

Basics of Breakin (Breakdancing), Tricks, or Advanced Breakin

Locking & Soul Dances

Advanced Hip Hop Choreography

Popping & Isolations

Workshops & Special Events

Dance Studios  - Dance Conventions - Open Classes - College  & High School Guest  spots

Charity events - seminars - Intensives

 

To bring me in as a guest, simply send a message to me via the box below to get a price quote on single or multiple day classes.   I work with students of all ages, levels and learning environments. My classes for dance students are made to be a challenge and a positive experience . One that teaches dancers how to take themselves seriously while enjoying yourself. My students feel safe and comfortable learning in my learning environment.

Looking for something unique for a workshop or dance camp? There are tons of special programs available! Check below for a few ideas!

Character Development

Mime, Body Language & Isolations

Breakin 101

Breakdancing techniques and tricks

Improv Elements

Freestyle, Battling & Choreographing

Audition Prep

Choreography, tips & demonstrations

        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