This weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the dance scene here in Auckland (representing in my HSM gear, of course). On Friday nite, I attended a drop-in hip hop class at City Dance, a studio located in downtown Auckland in a gorgeous, old building with a long, winding staircase.
Interestingly, out of the 6 people attending the class, only one of them was from New Zealand. Ireland, England, Japan, USA, and Canada were all represented. The instructor, Sarah, a native of England, led us through an intense and thorough, but enjoyable warm-up, lasting half the class. The remaining 30 minutes were spent learning a bit of a krump/funk routine. Felt great to dance again!
That night, I learned of some $1 hip hop workshops that were going on the next day, and who can pass up a $1 dance workshop?? The workshops were being run by an Auckland hip hop crew that practices out of the University of Auckland campus called Triple 8 Funk. I learned a fun and slightly comical routine along with about 30 other people, taught by Joel Gallarde, the founder, director, and choreographer of Triple 8 Funk.
I am looking forward to taking in more workshops and classes by other instructors here in New Zealand to get more of a feel for who and what is out there.