There's a group of adults that are having a lot of fun late at night on Tuesdays. The reason for their fun? Learning something totally out of their comfort zone: Hip Hop. It's actually a pretty big class. Let's find out how it all started from Michal Goertzen.
1. How did the idea for this adult hip hop class originate?
The idea came up after some of the parents of my kids hip hop classes were intrigued by dance and asked me if I ever taught classes for adults. The question sparked the idea for me. From there I took it to Kim and Kristie, who gave me the go ahead to start promoting an adult hip hop class to see if more people were interested.
2. What did you do to get it off the ground?
Mostly I just talked it up in my different social circles. I promoted it with the parents of my kids hip hop classes, I told people at church, and the message spread!
3. What are your hopes for the participants?
My goal for this class is to have participants get more comfortable with dancing whenever the music is playing! I’m going through the different eras of hip hop with this class to give them a good foundation of knowledge to build on and express themselves with.
I hope that my adult students leave this class having had a great time learning something different, and that they have a little more confidence on the dance floor!
4. What's it like having your dad in the class?
It’s pretty funny having my dad in my class. We have shared a love for dance for many years (we go to a number of shows together, both hip hop and contemporary, every year), and it’s fun to see him take his enjoyment of dance to a different level by actually dancing himself. He knows how to laugh at himself, which is good, because sometimes he can look pretty goofy!
5. Have you ever taught adults before? What do you find especially enjoyable about teaching adults? How is it different from your other classes?
I have never taught adults before. I was pretty nervous before I started this class, but I got a lot of tips from other dance teachers that I look up to and that helped me prepare for the class properly. I really like teaching adults, because I know that when they come to class they are there to learn. They are eager to learn, and they come to have fun. I like that I can push them differently than I do my younger students and that we can all laugh together when I push them out of their comfort zone.
6. How long have you been teaching Hip Hop?
I have been teaching hip hop for 5 years!
7. What would you like to say to encourage adults who are thinking of trying something new, like a Hip Hop class?
Go for it! You are never too old to explore something new and it’s so much fun!