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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Check out the videos below to learn (or freshen up on) some latin social dance basics! Thanks Miss Laurel!
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Latin Social Dance Warm Up
Latin Social Dance- Side and Cross Step Tutorial
Latin Social Dance- Suzy Q Tutorial
Latin Social Dance- Back Step Tutorial
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Check out an interview with MoveMakers Breakdancing Teacher- Metal!
How many years have you been dancing?
What is one achievement in dance that you are proud of, or one experience that had a major impact on you?
I started as a competitive B-Boy, so for me, nothing beats the feeling of a good battle. Me and my crew have competed a lot over the years, but my favorite battles will always be the underground, outdoor, concrete battles with no judges and no big crowds. I have been lucky to travel and perform on huge stages, and have had a good amount of success growing my own company Hip Hop Fundamentals. But as a dancer, I am proud to have held it down in the dark ciphers where Hip Hop really lives.
What is your philosophy in breaking?
Hip Hop truly makes space for everyone. Even though Hip Hop has its own social and cultural problems, it’s an unstoppable and continually evolving force, an energy which anyone can tap into. There is no permission required. Anyone can put in the work and flourish.
What are your goals for your students?
I would love for my students to achieve 2 things:
- A respect for Hip Hop and the minority communities which created it.
- A voice, a medium, a mode of expression where they can be free.
What can a child learn from a dance education that will impact the rest of their lives?Dancing combines athletic ability, coordination, and timing with aesthetics and emotion. It’s a physical practice which directly taps into the soul. For some students, dance will become their main way to show the world who they are and for others, it will be a private meditative skillset. But for all students who approach dance with curiosity and passion, they will learn confidence, discipline, and work ethic.
What is a interesting non-dance related fact that you can share about yourself?
I love cooking and drawing. If I’m not dancing, I’m probably thinking about food.
~Thank you Metal, for the technique, history, wisdom, creativity and passion you bring to your teaching at MoveMakers! We are lucky to have you!~
Our instructors have been working hard to bring your dance training into your home through online tutorials! First up is Miss Laurel with 3 Latin Social Dance Basics tutorial videos. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for future videos from all our amazing instructors!
Latin Social Dance Tutorial 1- Basic Footwork
Latin Social Dance Tutorial 2- Forward and Back Basic Step
Latin Social Dance Tutorial 3- Side Basic Step