Hip Hop Summer Workshops

This July and August, we're bringing the Seattle hip hop scene right to you at Salsa N' Seattle! We're thrilled to be hosting a series of workshops on Sunday evenings all through July and August.
  • Cost is $12 OR class punch.
  • Free for SNS students with Solo/Unlimited membership.

Upcoming Workshops

Intermediate Hip Hop Choreo: 8/6 7pm-8pm
w/ Eric Angelo Kim


Let's go over some feel-y and fun Urban Choreography (Intermediate/Advanced)! Knowing some fundamentals will be helpful, and be prepared for awkward silences and bad jokes periodically through class. But mostly, look forward to practicing timing and execution, and having a blast!

INSTRUCTOR BIO
Eric Angelo Kim was drawn to dance because of his love for music. His first inspirations came from freestylers such as Hong 10 and Popping Joon, but discovered choreography through Shaun Evaristo and Prepix. During college, he trained and performed with Academy of Villains, and also joined a collegiate team called AFX, where he eventually led the team as artistic director. Eric used to teach weekly Hip Hop 1 classes at the previous location at Salsa N Seattle and looks forward to teaching at the studio's new location. :)

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Bonebreaking & Gliding Foundation: 8/6 8pm-9pm
w/ Sam Wilder

 

This workshop will cover basic foundation for gliding and bonebreaking as well as exercises which are geared towards making you flexible. 

INSTRUCTOR BIO
I've been street performing since I was 14 and bonebreaking is what made me stand out and start crowds. Over time I got better and better and now I'm known for being flexible.

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Hustle Foundation: 8/13 4pm-5pm
w/ Vanna Zaragoza and Jensine San

 

While Hustle is primarily done to Disco and House music, it can be used with almost any genre from R&B to Pop. Jensine and Vanna will be going over the basic movements and patterns to get you started. No partner is required. Everyone is encouraged to dance with everyone!

INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Jensine and Vanna started Hustle about 1 year ago and have been continually working to bring Hustle to the street and freestyle community. They primarily dance New Style Hustle, which incorporates other street and freestyle movements with traditional Latin Hustle steps. Outside of Hustle, both are active members of the freestyle dance community in Seattle. Jensine has experience in Popping, Hip Hop and House dance. Vanna does House & Waacking.

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House Foundation: 8/13 5pm-6pm
w/ Devon Cady-Lee

 

Devon will be teaching house dance at a beginner-intermediate level.

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Devon has been practicing House Dance on and off since 2005. Hailing from the East Coast, he learned mostly from clubs in Boston and frequent trips to New York. Upon arriving in Seattle he joined Chinatown Afterhours and is now an active participant in the freestyle dance scene.

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Beginners Waacking: 8/20 4pm-5pm
w/ Angela Zhou

 

This class will focus on the foundation of Waacking on techniques and posing. First, we will go over drills and exercises that strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders. Then, we will practice posing exercise to help gain confidence with the dance. No former experience with Waacking is required. But if you are have done Waacking before, you are welcome to take up the challenge with some heels! 

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Angela has been training in club style dances such as Waacking and House for two years. She dances with Chinatown After Hours crew and loves to get down in clubs with house and disco music. Besides dancing, she also practices aerial circus and contortion.

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Intermediate Waacking: 8/20 5pm-6pm
w/ Ben Chi

 

This class will dive into various Waacking concepts including speed control, flow, dimensions, and my learning methodology. Since this is an intermediate class I'll skim the basics of waacking and focus more on how to use the concepts I teach to come up with your own moves to increase the versatility of your freestyle.

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Ben ‘Heartbreaker’ Chi began dancing in 2007. Originally from Hawaii he moved to Seattle 3 years ago. He took his first Hip Hop class shortly after discovering breakdancing videos on Youtube. After a year of choreography based studio dances, he focused on Popping and Breaking for the next 8 years. In 2016, inspired by Rina Pellerin, he shifted his main dance style to Waacking under the tutelage and training of Tracey Wong. As an active member of the street dance community he competes in battles across the North West. He continues to train with his crew, Just Us, his goal being to create a unique battle style of Waacking, Breaking, and Popping.

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Popping Foundation: 8/27 7pm-8pm
w/ Eric Pak

 

Popping is a style of dance with origins from the West Coast (California) in the 1970's. In this class, we will learn some of the basic foundation underlying this style, history, and how to apply the foundation to freestyle. Most importantly, we will HAVE FUN!

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Eric AKA Zion.E started dancing in 2009 when he was spontaneously enrolled in his high school's creative dance class. During this time, he stumbled upon the style of Popping on Youtube, and utilized the school's studio to practice. Since then, he has traveled, battled, and trained with people from across the world. His favorite part of the dance is not necessarily any of the moves, but its ability to transcend language and cultural barriers. Eric is currently an active member of Groove Clan and Chinatown After Hours, two Seattle crews dedicated to developing the street & club style dance communities.

 

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Break Dance Foundation: 8/27 8pm-9pm
w/ Derrick Simons Jr.

 

We will be going over some fundamentals of the bboys/bgirls footwork. (Also known as downrock, footwork, etc.) Along with endurance and training techniques, some that was passed to me, and others that I found helps on my own.

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Born and raised in Seattle, I've been dancing for 7 years and started in my 10th grade of highschool, but really took off with it that following summer. Even though mainly studying BreakDance, I've learned basics in other styles like popping, house, and locking. In hopes of making myself more of a well rounded dancer. I dance regularly with my crew, Catch 'em All Crew (not Pokemon GO related) and rep the 206! I like sharing my art with others because I want to be able to pass on what I know in hopes of someone else finding something that they love to do.

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Past Workshops

Krump & Battle Tactics: 7/9 7pm-9pm
w/ Nicholas Chrisman & Grant Beagle

 

Each class (Beginner Level at 7pm and Intermediate at 8pm) will cover the basics and advancements of Krump in accordance to their level. The battle tactics portion of class will cover fundamental knowledge to help boosts one ability to perform in a battle setting. By the end of class, not only will one be able to understand Krump movement, one will also have a basic understanding of the Culture and be able to discern authentic Krump.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Grant Shady Beegle Bio:
Going by his dance alias, Shady, Grant Beegle has been dancing for 4 years. He has trained in Krump, Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tumbling, Break, Tango, and Cha Cha, showcasing his skill in the studio and on the streets. His achievements include World of Dance 2016, Headbangerz Brawl 2016, NW All Style Sweet 16, Bang Bang Boogie, and more! His specialty aims in the field of Krump and Battling. Quoting him, Grant loves "the culture and the rawness of Krump and all else it brings!".

Nicholas Chrisman Bio: 
Nicholas Chrisman has been dancing for 7 years, and has trained in multiple styles, including Popping, Krump, Waaking, House, Hip Hop, Contemporary, & Ballet. Nicholas is also a choreographer, having choreographed routines and danced for competitions including World of Dance 2014 & 2016, Prelude Seattle 2015, Beyond Boundaries 2015, IDC, and more! Quoting Nicholas, "Krump has a certain feeling to its movement that allows an expression no other style I've seen bring out. The raw feeling it brings is like no other, which is why I love it so much."

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Intermediate Urban Choreo: 7/16 7pm-8pm
w/ Jaime Lopez

 

This class will focus on developing textures and strengthening quality of movement through intermediate level choreography but all levels welcomed to come and train!

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Jaime Lopez began his dance journey by entering the bboy world and diving into the culture of hip hop. Battling in his local and surrounding communities. Hungry to develop himself as an artist he joined his first company called Kontagious to develop skills in choreography. He would later become a captain/leader and take those skills to start a high school competition team at the age of 18 and in three years of existence managed to lead them to being the 4th highest placing team in the state of WA. His dance experience stretches from video shoots for clothing company, performing for some of LAs popular choreographers at local events and performing in stadiums in front of 16,000 people for events such as "WE DAY". 

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Intermediate Femmeography Choreo: 7/16 8pm-9pm
w/ Zahra Masaoka

This class will consist of empowering exercises and a combo that aim to embody feminine movement and performance. Class is open to ALL but will be taught at an intermediate level. Heels are optional but encouraged! 

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Zahra Masaoka was born and raised in Seattle and has been dancing for 10 years. She is an alumni member of the performance groups Breaking Point Dance Company, Boomkatzz, Boogiezone Breed Seattle, and is a current member of Westsiders and Malicious Allure. Zahra can also be spotted dancing in Macklemore’s music videos, “Brad Pitt’s Cousin” and “Dance Off”. She is currently developing and strengthening her feminine movement by focusing her training on club/street styles such as waacking and vogue.

 

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Vogue Foundation: 7/23 7pm-8pm
w/ Keelan Johnson

Inspired by Vogue magazine, voguing is a type of club style characterized by model-like poses integrated with angular, linear, and rigid arm, leg, and body movements. This style was born in New York by the Black/Latino gay community in the late 70’s early 80’s. 
Vogue consist of three styles: 
• Old Way - characterized by poses that consist of the formation of lines, symmetry, and precision.
• New Way - characterized by more rigid/geometric movements coupled with tutting and locking. 
• Vogue Femme/Dramatics - characterized by fluidity with exaggerated feminine movements consisting of 5 elements: hand performance, catwalk, duckwalk, floor performance, and dips & spins. 

In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of Vogue, body awareness and placement, muscle control, and performance. 

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Keelan Johnson is a performer and choreographer based in Seattle, Washington. He is also one of the co-directors and co-creator of Malicious Alure. He has been dancing for 12 years and is formally trained in the dance styles Vogue, Waacking, and Hip Hop. 

Keelan’s training includes working alongside some of Seattle’s most innovative choreographers such as Zsa Mae, Ron Gatsby, and Hannah Wintrode. He is an alumni member of the dance groups “Throne Level” ,“Luscious & Vicious” ,“The Purple Lemonade Collective” and currently a contributing choreographer and principle dancer for the art collectives and “The Z Project”. 

Keelan’s work has been showcased locally at the Bellevue Arts Museum’s Art Fair, Seattle International Dance Festival’s “Art on the Fly”, Seattle Gay Pride Festival, and Seattle Art Museum’s events “Legendary Children” and “Remix”. Keelan represents himself under the alias of “Android Allure” while competing in local Vogue and Dance battles and the winner of Seattle’s local Vogue competitions “EnVouge”, “After Black Friday Ball”, as well as Portland’s Vogue/Waacking competition “Nostalgia”.

Keelan chose to study the dance styles vogue and waacking because It allowed him to embrace his femininity and masculinity as a gay male. Due to the rich culture associated with the styles, it was the first time he felt completely comfortable. Being a biracial and feminine gay man, he was able to identify with the struggle queer people of color faced when these styles weere being developed. Due to the high energy, tricks, and theatrics that are incorporated in Vogue and Waacking, Keelan has embraced the styles because of his passion for entertaining and performance. 

Keelan’s main goal as an instructor and educator is to push students out of their comfort zones while having fun and learning something new in the process. He strives to continue to educate the Seattle area on the history of Vogue and ballroom culture to cultivate Seattle’s own ballroom scene.

 

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Femme Floorwork: 7/23 8pm-9pm
w/ Alyssa-Cyre Oyadomari and Tracey Wong

The use of femme floorwork in dance is a powerful tool for performers to exercise body control, show off flexibility and expand feminine movement. In the first half of class, Tracey and Alyssa will guide you through basic floorwork techniques. After learning floorwork foundation, you will work on applying it into fun and engaging exercises that will allow you to feel comfortable and sexy while moving on the floor. 

Recommended Attire: Form fitting clothing and knee pads; heels are optional but encouraged.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Tracey Wong is a dancer, educator, and community event curator based in Seattle. She is a co-founder and co-director of Malicious Allure and is formally trained in waacking, vogue, and hip hop. Tracey is an alumni member of the dance groups Boogiezone Breed Seattle, The Z Project, and Studio 3 Company. She is currently a contributing choreographer for the all-female street styles group called The CRUW.

Tracey’s work has been featured in Seattle Art Museum’s events “Remix” and “The Legendary Children”, Seattle Gay Pride Festival, Bumbershoot, and Flavr Blue at Capitol Hill Block Party’s Mainstage. She’s also worked with top brands such as Nordstrom Pop Up Shop and Microsoft. 

In addition to performing and choreographing, Tracey competes heavily in the Seattle battle scene. She has been the winner of PDX’s Waacking battle “Nostalgia”, Seattle based vogue competition “En Vogue”, and is the champion for Seattle based all style battle “Matter of Movement 2016”. She was a finalist in Seattle’s World of Dance 2016 Headbangerz Brawl and in LA’s International Whack/ Punk/ Pose Festival, Waackfest 2016. 

With her cross training of styles, Tracey also incorporates floorwork into her artistry in order to expand her creativity and also to find liberation and empowerment in her femininity.


Alyssa-Cyre Oyadomari, a.k.a ahh-Lee-SOUL, is a diverse performer, dancer, and capoeira enthusiast in Seattle, Washington. Alyssa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and started her dance journey training in hula, jazz, contemporary, ballet, and hip-hop.

Since moving to Seattle, Washington in 2009, she has continued her hip-hop dance training at Westlake Dance Center, performing with groups such as The BMKTZZ, Cruz Control, and Boogiezone Breed-Seattle. Alyssa began training in the styles of vogue and waacking and became an official member of Malicious Allure in 2017. Most recently, she competed in her first vogue event, “Lunatico Ball” and won categories of Woman’s Face and Female Figure Sex Siren.

Alyssa also competes in the local all-styles battle scene and holds the titles of 1st place in 2014 “Make It Nasty” 2v2 Allstyles Battle and 2015 “Ante-Up” 2v2 Allstyles Battle.

 

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Latin Fusion: 7/30 7pm-8pm
w/ Lily Christensen

Latin Fusion incorporates elements of traditional Latin styles with those of contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and ballet. Fusing styles is a great way to challenge dancers of all genres! 

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Lily Christensen (BFA) brings over 20 years of dance experience to Seattle. After decades of training in Ballet and Modern dance her Colombian roots led her to Salsa and Bachata. Her energetic performances, exciting choreographies and passion for teaching and building community have quickly helped her gain both national and international recognition as a soloist. She currently works to train competitive dancers and directs 2 dance companies. (Emerald City Bachata Crew and Sabrosa Dance Company.) 

 

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Jazz Funk Choreo: 7/30 8pm-8pm
w/ Kristen Grace

Jazz Funk, also called Street Jazz, borrows a lot of movement from other dance styles. From ballet-modern-hip hop- to lyrical, jazz funk incorporates little bits and pieces of other dance genres and wraps into a funky style that is both fun and expressive! 

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Kristen Grace is a hip hop and jazz funk instructor from with over 11 years experience in the south sound. Currently the Director of The Beat Box: Hip Hop Dance Studio at Studio West Dance Academy, she choreographs for both the senior and junior groups at The Beat Box (EDGE and Beat Box Juniors) and instructs beginning to advanced classes weekly in Olympia. Kristen is also the new coach for Gig Harbor High School's dance team, "H2Whoa" She teaches Jazz Funk and Hip Hop regularly at Belltown Dance Studio in Seattle, choreographs for Scintillation Showchoir at Wilson High School and Danceblast for Curtis High School in Tacoma, and many other schools and studios throughout Washington . 

She has danced with Audacity Cru for a little over 2 years, joining the crew for the WOD LA Finals in 2015. Before Audacity, she danced competitively on her high school dance team (H2Whoa), choreographed for her college team (PLU) and trained with ZeroGravity (DASH Center) and Femme Fatale (Koncrete Studios). She is extremely passionate about bringing new life into the dance community and building dancers into movers who have the skills and confidence to pursue their artistry in whatever capacity they choose.

 

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