Contemporary at Six Step Studios

Met up with Lisa K again for another class out in Fairfax.  Seriously, I don’t know how she finds these places.  From Crystal City, it was about a 20-30 minute drive.  Without her TomTom, I’m not sure we would have made it as the studio is tucked away in a warehouse of an industrial park.  There is no big sign on the main street marking Six Step Studios, but there is a small sign on the door.  The space is a converted warehouse with a loft for the office and waiting room.  It’s only one room, but it feels spacious since the ceilings are so high.

According to the website, the contemporary class with Chelsea Cooper starts at 9pm but it was more like 930pm.  She explained that they are pretty lax so warned students (and probably more so the parents since the majority looked a bit younger) to plan on staying longer than the scheduled time.

She opened the garage door of the space which freaked me out since it is so humid out these days, but it was fine and actually nice to sweat.  She started the class with a warm up and then had us move to the music in the dark.  Yes, no lights!  It was comforting to not be seen because I didn’t feel like such a loser when I was moving around awkwardly.

Chelsea gave a thorough explanation before teaching the combination.  She shared her personal experience and how it related to the song she chose.  She even cited Bill T. Jones dance theory somewhere in there.  According to Chelsea, she choreographs the movement first and then makes the combination fit to the music she is using.  This made it a little difficult to follow along, but after doing the combination a few times I think I was able to fake my way through the timing.  Overall, I think it’s a great class if you want to become a better contemporary dancer.  She is really passionate about dance and fosters a really welcoming educational environment.

Here’s a YouTube clip of a contemporary workshop Chelsea previously did at Six Step:

The Deets

  • Chelsea Cooper
  • Contemporary
  • Six Step Studios – 2724 Dorr Ave, Bay #3; Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Wednesdays 9pm-10pm
  • $18 cash only

Hip Hop Class with The Oven

After taking a quick train ride to Rosslyn, my friend Lisa K picked me up in her new jeep and we ventured out to the Green Acres Center in Fairfax.  It was about a 45 minute trek from Arlington with the downpour and traffic, but well worth the effort.

The hour long class took place last night at 830pm in Room 111 of a local community center.  It wasn’t the best facility, but there was plenty of room to move around.  About 15 students, mostly boys, were there to learn from MaryAnn Reyes of The Oven Dance Studio.

The combination incorporated some reggae moves, as well as body rolls which are always fun to do.  Once the whole combination was taught, we were split up into two groups.  We did the combo once with MaryAnn and once without.  Then she chose a few people to do the combination before one of the Green Acres staff members asked us to wrap it up.

The level was intermediate/advanced hip hop, but she was able to break down steps, counts and music well enough for everyone to keep up.  If you’re intimated by an intermediate/advanced level class, she also teaches a beginner class at the same location that starts at 730pm.

The price is $15 for drop ins, but you can also purchase class cards – five for $70 and ten for $130.  If you’re going to drop in, make sure to bring cash.  The Oven classes will continue at Green Acres until August 18th.  For more information, check out their site or this write up from World of Dance.

The Deets

  • MaryAnn Reyes
  • Int/Advanced Hip Hop
  • The Oven Studio at the Green Acres Center – 4401 Sideburn Road; Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Tuesdays 830pm-930pm
  • $15 cash only
  • 8/23/10 UPDATE – MA no longer has weekly class as she is moving to LA. Good luck, MaryAnn!

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