This week Mr. Vince introduces his homie Tyler who is a polymath. Whats a polymath and why does Mr. Vince care so much about it? Gunna have to watch to find out I guess....
This week Mr. Vince talks about... Math? Movement? Superhumans? ....Elon Musk? You'll have to just watch this one for yourself....
How many years have you been dancing?
I started training in dance when I was four (so 21 years of dance training). But (legend has it) I was dancing since I could walk which is what prompted my parents to enroll me in a ballet school. I only ever really did ballet until I got to college. I had a very brief tap stint that was abandoned after I deemed it “too loud.” I wish I was a little more chill as a child because tap would have really helped me in my mid-twenties discovery of house dance. Hindsight is 20/20.
List an achievement in dance that you are proud of or an experience that had a major impact on your specialties?
I didn’t understand any movement that wasn’t vertical/ controlled/ linear until I moved to Philadelphia. My college professors had tried for four years to get me off the vertical axis to little avail. When I moved to Philadelphia and discovered a community of passionate and hard working movers through Urban Movement Arts, I began to figure it out. I’m proud of shelving everything I spent 19 years perfecting to immerse myself in a style that I was… not very good at, and for being open to the humbling experience of starting from scratch.
What is your philosophy in dance?
What drew me to hip hop forms was the joining of technical concepts with experimentation and innovation. This combination necessitates the dancer learn the history, the skills, and the moves from others who are experienced in the style, but also asks the dancer to make it their own- to establish themselves as an individual with something to offer. Hip Hop forms demand the dancer respect not only their teachers and peers but also themselves.
What are your goals for the community of MoveMakers and MoveMakers teachers?
As an administrator at MoveMakers, I want to help facilitate the student’s engagement with the dance forms, with their peers and with their mentors (the teachers). I want them to gain confidence, and independence while also feeling supported and part of a community. I want them to learn what I learned from dance which is that hard work, determination, and creativity yield positive outcomes.
What can a child learn from a dance education that will impact the rest of their lives?
Related to my “hip hop philosophy” answer, I think that studying hip hop forms teaches students how to show up in a community. Giving students license to improvise and create dances with their peers teaches them how to be leaders and how to collaborate. It empowers students through showing them they have a voice and that voice is unique and worth sharing.
What is an interesting non-dance related fact that you can share about yourself?
I love to read and I love being outside. I’m from Maine and I love Philly but miss the trees and the ocean. I’m trying really hard to learn Spanish.
This week's hip hop dance advice from our fearless leader.
Born and raised in New Jersey, currently residing in Philadelphia. India has been a dancer from the heart all her life. She's trained with acclaimed all-around dancers such as Marcus Tucker and Andrew Ramsey Founder of Face Da Phlave Dance Education and Theatre, and Clyde Evans Jr founder of Chosen Dance Company. As a seasoned performer, choreographer, and instructor India has extensive knowledge in the foundation of all five styles of Hip Hop as well as its dance terminology. India's high-intensity energy level and down-to-earth personality inspires her many students to learn more. Her variety of love for dance allows her to respect not only Hip Hop but all styles of dance culture and its art. India currently owns Really Philly Collective a community-based organization focusing on many aspects of art. Her current growth in the arts and entertainment has allowed her to grasp managerial skills as well as the logistics of business. India would like to thank Marcus, Andrew, and Clyde for sharing their experience that inspires her to go after her dreams.
Check out an interview with India!
how many years dancing?
I've been dancing for 20 years now!
What is one achievement in dancethat you are proud of or an experience that had a major impact on you?
I had a great experience working with Vince for his Philly Kerplop project. This project gave me a new outlook on the art of dance and expression. There was a cast of talented dancers of al genres infused with acting, live music, and improvisation. I remembered this project the most because the piece was up to our imagination. We utilized Love Park and every section of the park was included in this moving/ weird/ hype/ bogus/ dramatic piece. This piece covered a lot of different topics.
What are some of your specialties in dance?
My specific specialties are being dow for whatever! Whether dance, acting- even singing if I had to.
What is your philosophy in hip hop or latin dance?
My philosophy on hip hop dance is it’s a dance that came out of oppression. I’ve been severely bullied growing up and without having any friends but music. Dance has been the best friend to me that allowed me to hide from my day to day worries as a teen.
Ms. India showin everyone how its done in this house dance freestyle.
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