Ms. Adriana is taking a break from teaching hip hop classes to move back to her hometown in Pittsburgh- but she will stay on as social media coordinator. Don't worry! We'll be seeing more of her! Read an interview with her below.
How many years dancing?
What is an achievement in dance that you are proud of or an experience that had a major impact on your specialties?
I’m proud of being the first Bgirl in Hip Hop Fundamentals!
What is your philosophy in hip-hop?
If you’re not having fun, finding joy in community, and learning how to express fully and unapologetically, you’re not doing it right.
What are your goals for your students?
I want each of my students to learn that their distinct perspective and approach to Hip Hop is their superpower. I hope to empower them to contribute to the culture as their authentic selves.
What can a child learn from a dance education that will impact the rest of their lives?
They can learn how to thrive independently as well as how to exist in a community where vulnerability, hard work, and thinking critically & creatively are vital.
What is an interesting non-dance related fact that you can share about yourself?
I am a thrifting queen - it’s all about the bargains baby! Thrifting empowers me to play with different gender expressions and define my own femininity (while saving $ and being sustainable).
Thanks for everything you have done and continue to do for our community! We will miss you!
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Emily Pietruszka Joins the MoveMakers Team as a Hip Hop Dance Instructor
Emily Pietruszka is a professional dancer, certified trainer, nutrition coach, and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Emily has been dancing professionally since 2015, and is currently dancing for Philadelphia based street dance theater company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. While residing in Brooklyn, she had the privilege of working with such names as James "Cricket" Colter and Soo Missy Boogaloo. Pietruszka has shown her own work in Philadelphia at the "Illadelph" street dance festival, as well as "The Come Together Festival" hosted by Koresh Dance. Emily has taught and lectured in various contexts including Front Range Community College (Denver, CO), Mark Morris Dance Group (Brooklyn, NY), New Visions for Public Schools (Queens, NY), The Juilliard School (New York, NY), and The Ailey School (New York, NY) to name a few. As a personal trainer, she specializes in pre/postnatal strengthening and recovery, nutrition coaching, and functional movement training. She is excited to be joining the UMA team, and is looking forward to continuing teaching in a space that values community, hard work, and having fun!
Welcome to the team Emily!
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Get to Know Hip Hop and Funk Styles Teacher Ricky "Glytch" Evans:
Ricky “Glytch” Evans is a street dancer from Pennsauken, NJ. He has been dancing for over 10 years, but continues to be a student of his style, always looking for more historical knowledge as well as keeping up to date with the latest Hip Hop trends. His professional career started in 2005 with Face Da Phlave Entertainment, a dance crew that bridged the gap between Philly and Jersey dancers with the purpose of educating the community about the origins of Hip Hop dance. The crew also promoted the use of the arts as an alternative to drugs, bullying, and violence. His first few years at Face Da Phlave was spent solely on training in the styles of Hip Hop, and at the same time he was studying for his B.A. in Economics at Seton Hall University. Once he graduated, the wheels on his dance career would start turning and take him places. His first performances were lecture demonstrations with Face Da Phlave. He then began teaching at various schools, dance studios, and gyms. Glytch’s has been fortunate enough to dance around the world. In the past few years, he was part of Team USA in an international dance battle called Juste Debout (France), K.O.D (Canada), and in 2018 he won the Locking battle at Hip Hop International. Glytch has also taught internationally, with his reach extending out to Colombia, Toronto, and London. Other notable accomplishments have been on many stages throughout the country with Hip Hop theater company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, and a company co-founded by Ricky known as Hood Nation. Hood Nation was created by The Hood Lockers, a dance troupe that Ricky is a member of and has represented on various platforms like workshops, battles, and more. The group, along with Ricky, was also featured on the BET television series, American Soul.
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