Alana Hill Advanced Beginner Hip Hop at Joy of Motion/Bethesda

Finally got the chance to take Alana Hill’s advanced beginner hip hop class at Joy of Motion Bethesda. As you may recall, I tried going a couple weeks ago but there weren’t enough students for the studio to hold the class. Instead, I checked out Culture Shock hip hop at Strathmore with Gary Beauford.

I got to Joy of Motion Bethesda a little early so was able to catch the tail end of Alana’s beginner class. The combination she taught was to Ryan Leslie’s “You’re Not My Girl,” which has kind of a jazz-y vibe to it. She ended up teaching the same combination from her beginner class at the advanced beginner class. The only difference between the two classes was that she was able to get through a bit more choreography.  At the advanced beginner class, there were a lot less students than in her beginner class – five compared to about fifteen plus. The manageable class size however gave Alana the opportunity to point out individual moves to work on.

A couple things that stood out in my mind about Alana’s class happened before and after she taught the combination. Her warm up included your typical stretches, sit ups and push ups, but she added a couple exercises that I haven’t seen in awhile. For example, she had students do a back bend while lunging and we did center split stretches. She also had us sit on our heels in releve while moving our arms in different positions. After we did the combination a few times, she did a short cool down which included a quick bow to the “audience.”

Overall, it seemed like a decent hip hop class for beginner/intermediate dancers. Alana is a fun and positive instructor who clearly enjoys teaching. According to one of the students who took the class with me, the style was a bit more jazz-y than some of the other hip hop classes she has taken but it was still enjoyable.

The Deets

  • Alana Hill
  • Advanced beginner hip hop
  • Joy of Motion – Air Rights Building; 7315 Wisconsin Avenue; Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Thursdays 730-830pm
  • $17 drop ins (cash or credit)

About Cecile
Cecile Oreste is an arts marketing and public relations professional living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @cecileoreste.

One Response to Alana Hill Advanced Beginner Hip Hop at Joy of Motion/Bethesda

  1. Sherry says:

    I was really looking forward to taking the week-long hip hop summer camp that started on the 23rd of August. I thought I could clear my week for me to come, but it didn’t happen that way. So sorry I missed it. Looking to do a class soon, though. I like dancing and would like to learn and just move in different ways with Alana.

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