Experimental Dance Workshop - Contemporary, Breakdance, Hip Hop - motion*s

Experimental Dance Workshop

Diego de la Rosa*****
  • Saturday, 29. October 201615:00 – 17:00
Contemporary Hip Hop Urban Dance

Who is the workshop addressed to?

The workshop is addressed to anyone that has a bit of experience in any sort of dance, especially contemporary dance or any urban style.


What kind of dance experience should the participants have?

I would recommend that people have some sort of experience in dance, preferably an intermediate level or some experience in movement or other techniques that engage the body.


Which elements/techniques will participants learn?

• Sport exercises where they will get the chance to have a better understanding of their
physicality and anatomy, helping tem to strengthen their bodies and avoid future injuries
• How to improvise using different qualities and letting the mind free of judgment
Technical and single dynamic movements from acrobatics and floor work elements
• Choreographies where I mix Contemporary elements using my Bboy Skills, Hip-Hop
Experimental influences, Acrobatics and Martial Arts inspiration.

Where is the focus?

The idea is to start the class with improvisation exercises to warm up while at the same time, bringing us into a full awareness of our own body. We mix it with fixed exercises to understand how our joints work, how to get a healthier body and how to use our body to get more possibilities when it comes to movement and mobility.
Followed by simple exercises and small sequences where we will learn tools and elements that later on will help us go through the class.
The aim is to build a very high & dynamic energy. We will learn choreographies in which we will apply the elements we passed through during the class, where each one of us will add his own personality and movement quality to express himself individually.


How much time will be used for each part of the lesson?

These estimations depend of the group (amount of people & level):
• Warm-up with improvisation tasks: around 30 min
• Simple exercises, diagonals & technical movements: around 30-40 min
• Choreographies & sequences: around 1 hour

Which music will be danced to?

The playlist starts with experimental/ambient electronic sounds, and then passes to slow Hip-Hop beats to end with the high energy of Techno.



Which influences where important for my dancing?

Mainly, my inspirations come from contemporary dance, breakdance, hip-hop experimental, yoga and martial arts. I get inspired by everything around me and try to translate it into an abstract dance movement.

What’s my speciality and how would I describe my style?

I don’t usually like to describe myself as dancer of a specific style because over the years, I have
been inspired by so many different kinds of dance and body movements that it has evolved into
how I move today. If I had to describe myself, I would say that I come from a bboy background
with a big contemporary influence. I tend to do a lot of floor works and you can see in my dance
that I have very dynamic and explosive movements. I am always in the search of new ways to
break classic movements, trying to direct them to unusual places.

What’s important for me in dance to pass on to my students?

I am passionate about dance and I want to transmit it to my students, I want them to get involved
in the dance class and in dance in general. It’s important that they reach a high level of
I want them to explore their body to get more availability and possibilities in their movements, to
improve their skills and to always be more curious. It’s not only about the techniques; it’s also
about the feelings and the flow. I want them to enjoy and to learn by playing and having
fun without being conscious of how much they are working. I want them to get rougher and
sharper in their reactions, to be physically strong while at the same time being delicate and soft.

Dozent Tanz Diego de la Rosa - Urban Contemporary
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