Dance club spins into action

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Junior Ida London shows off her flexibility in her new choreography. She taught a combo in the last dance club meeting.

Hip-hop dances have gone viral since the creation of social media platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram. Ever wanted to learn this style of dance? On Wednesdays in the dance studio, the newly established Dance Club is intended to teach the basics of hip-hop, while providing an inclusive community for all.

Junior Ida London created this club for any student eager to learn new creative movements, no matter the level of dance they possess. As a training dancer in a pre-professional program, London is experienced in a variety of different dance styles, but hip-hop is the heart of her personal artistry.

“I want to share this art form with WJ students so they can express themselves in new ways,” London said.

From the original African style of hip-hop to the evolved street style, this genre of dance strings together an assortment of complex movements, incorporating aspects of tap, modern dance and swing. The club officers acknowledge the roots of hip-hop and wish to expand the craft in the WJ community.

“I love hip-hop because you can add your own style and flair to each movement. There is no strict placement, so everyone can have their own artistic freedom,” London said.

Hollywood choreographers for hip-hop and jazz-funk have been the ultimate source of inspiration for London—the club’s lead choreographer. In previous years, she has participated in several LA hip-hop classes taught by choreographers like Dexter Car, Hamilton Evans and Alexander Chung.

“I think the choreography in Dance Club is excellent. Even if you’ve never danced before, you’ll have a great time,” freshman Melina Jankovski said.

The music that goes along with the movements has been another influential aspect for London. Musicality and energy derives from the songs chosen for the movement, which is what makes it crucial for her choreography. Artists like Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and Tupac are commonly featured during club meetings.

In a usual meeting, club members gather at the beginning of the lunch period and eat. They talk amongst each other and discuss what they will be learning, allowing any feedback or new ideas from students. Halfway through lunch, London shows the dance material and then thoroughly teaches the combo providing time for questions and performances in groups or all together.

“The Dance Club is a really nice break from academics. I’m not a dancer but the club has a very supportive atmosphere and we all encourage each other,” junior Gigi Relacion said.

The officers are not limiting the club from any possible opportunity. Performing in pep rallies or international nights are all possible future endeavors. For now, they are learning combos and choreography that London would like to teach.

“We encourage all those who want to take risks and try new things to join the dance club,” Junior Sydney Fraser said.

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