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

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Single Day & Multiple Day programs  available internationally

The dance Experience

with

John Comix

Spanning the U.S.A. and Canada.  Professional dancers, competitive dancers and students of all ages have trained under me, adopting my unique methods to form an identity while learning hip hop and 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.  Those who I have not yet met still consult with me and take lessons and concepts into their own classrooms even as far as Europe and Australia.   

What makes this program so different is its approach to education. Starting from scratch, I took time to rethink everything I did in a dance studio.  I took a major step back from my hard hitting approach.  There is a never ending struggle to inform people when their work might not fall in line with hip hop or another street style. It's important for every teacher to find their method and their audience. develop their own identity and philosophy with the information they've absorbed over time.

 

So what is MY philosophy?

a culture

a form of music

 

a style of dance

a movement

 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. My dancers are trained to understand a range of street styles in their pure form first.  Creative approaches and fresh musical influences evolve their vocabulary from the starting point of actual hip hop or street dance.  Students of mine understand these styles through and through. That is our starting point to create modern choreography. Work that abides by the rules of the genre, and work that is honest when it is only influenced by it to be something else.

All my dancers learn to create. You can't talk hip hop without self expression. It is imperative that my dancers value freestyle above all else. That is why my classes are very frequently filled with creativity exercises, and again why we emphasize technique.   The ability to make movement happen freely and truly connect with the music is the earliest and most important aspect of a street dancer.

Hip Hop is

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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