When did you last push yourself out of your comfort zone?
Check out Devi’s post- Monsters of Hip Hop Convention Reflection and get ready for some serious inspiration. And Devi, we’re your crew and can’t wait to order a pizza!
If having kids half your age literally dance circles around you isn’t a bruise to the ego, I’m not sure what is.
Monsters of Hip Hop was a challenge. If the fast-paced and intricately detailed choreography, carpeted floors, and absence of mirrors weren’t enough, the distraction of wondering whether I was closer in age to the dancers in my class or their moms observing on the sidelines would have done me in. Not to mention the jealousy I felt when, during our lunch break, pizzas ordered by said moms arrived for the kiddos’ dance teams. Where was my team? Where was my mom?! Where was my pizza?!?!
And, yet, I’m totally glad that I went. I mean, dancing to “Down In The DM” in the company of children to whom I could have given birth was, in itself, worth the price of admission. (Um…have you heard that song? Let’s just say Yo Gotti isn’t trying to get a snapchat of that pizza if it’s cool.)
But, seriously, I had some awesome takeaways. It was valuable to step into the role of student and to experience firsthand what is trending right now in the world of Hip Hop Dance. It’s heavy, it’s fast, it’s fierce…and, to be honest, some of it isn’t entirely relevant to Hip Hop Club at uforia. We hit the dance floor to get sweaty, shake away the day, find our swagger, and feel sexy…not to get tripped up on fancy footwork or complicated hand-ography. Dancing with my fingers just doesn’t get me hype the same way that full-out twerking does, ya feel?
All in all, the lessons I learned at Monsters are well represented by a few quotes of choreographers from which I took class last weekend:
“You gotta have a crew.” –Chonique
It’s simple, but powerful. Part of what makes dancing at uforia such a blast is dancing among friends. We come from all different places, professions, and backgrounds, but, for whatever reason, the universe brings us together for sixty minutes to let loose, to feel the music, and to shake what our mamas gave us. And, I must say, I trust the universe.