Gary Beauford Hip Hop At Strathmore
August 13, 2010 3 Comments
I signed up to take hip hop with Alana Hill at Joy of Motion Bethesda last night, but due to the rain only me and one other dancer showed up! The policy at Joy of Motion is that they need three paying customers to conduct a class so they gave me credit on my online registration account and Alana said I can be a guest at her class in two weeks (she’ll be away next week).
After heading out of Joy of Motion, I realized that it was Thursday night and Culture Shock class started at 830pm. I was already in Bethesda so hopped on the train and took it two more stops north to Grovesnor. Unfortunately, I hadn’t eaten yet but luckily there was a vending machine so I took two Pop-tarts to the face and headed upstairs to class.
Thanks to Twitter, I knew beforehand that Gary Beauford was teaching. He also teaches at Joy of Motion in Friendship Heights, but I haven’t had a chance to check it out. I’m definitely going to after this class. Gary taught a combination to India Arie’s ‘Little Things’ – a beautiful song that everyone should know. He obviously knew it well as he choreographed movements that fit perfectly.
One thing I hate about taking class is when teachers fumble around with counts or words. They teach it to you one way, then it completely changes when the music comes on. This could be another reason why I really appreciated Gary as a teacher. He knew what lyric or beat every move was on. Even though he taught the combination at a pretty fast pace, I was able to keep up. You may have trouble though if you are more of a beginner/intermediate level.
At the end of the class, Gary announced that this was his last time teaching as a member of Culture Shock DC. It definitely seemed like an emotional moment as he thanked Culture Shock for giving him the opportunity to dance with so many talented people. Tomorrow’s East Coast Dance Concert at Carter Barron will also be his last performance with Culture Shock so definitely check it out. Lisa K and I will be there! Cipher at 5pm if you want to dance, doors open at 630pm and performance starts at 730pm.