“HipHo Contempo”

“HipHo Contempo”

So today was my last session of the Hip-Hop/Contemporary Teen Dance class I’ve been teaching (which I fondly now refer to as “Hipho Contempo”).  As the class progressed we focused on many different types of movement explorations, one small part of which was this choreography.  My favorite bits are where the girls have “free” moments where they get to break out of the choreography and fill up space with movements of their own choosing. Those are the most interesting to watch in my opinion.  Here is a video of our last day.  I like the parts where they are enjoying themselves the most – mistakes and all!  Their courage, willingness, and joy make me happy.

HipHo Contempo Class

Writing exercises were included as part of the workshop as well as movement.


The "Hipho Contempo" Class at Redwood Heights Rec Center


About Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer and choreographer who has performed as a soloist with Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years. Shaw is the creator of the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco. Her flow between contemporary modern dance, flamenco and Middle-eastern styles makes her a unique choreographer. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style.

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    • Hoping to do it June 16-17th maybe? I just left you a voicemail. We should discuss it soon! I’d like to teach something but also would be cool to have part of the workshop lead to a collaborative piece for 365dances. We’ll talk soon!

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