Monthly: Hip-Hop




Program Description

Hip-Hop Dance at The NYPAA

Hip-Hop Dance at The NYPAA, led by the illustrious David Thomas, is a dynamic exploration of the energy, creativity, and social expressions that define hip-hop culture. This program is designed for dancers of all levels who seek to immerse themselves in the authentic roots and evolving styles of hip-hop dance.

Program Focus

  • Foundational Skills: Dive into the core movements of hip-hop, including popping, locking, and breaking, to build a strong technical foundation.
  • Choreography and Freestyle: Learn to express individual stories and emotions through intricate choreography and spontaneous freestyle sessions.
  • History and Culture: Understand the origins of hip-hop and its significance as a powerful form of cultural expression.
  • Performance and Battle Techniques: Train for the intensity of live performances and battles, honing skills in presentation, improvisation, and competition.

Program Highlights

  • Expert Instructors: Learn from David Thomas and guest instructors who are respected professionals of the hip-hop world.
  • Community and Collaboration: Join a vibrant community of dancers, engaging in workshops, battles, and collaborative projects.
  • Showcase Opportunities: Perform in showcases and competitions that highlight your skills and creativity to audiences and industry professionals.
  • Career Preparation: Gain insights into the professional hip-hop dance industry, with guidance on auditions, branding, and networking.

Embark on a journey with The NYPAA’s Hip-Hop Dance, where the legacy of hip-hop’s pioneers meets the innovation of today’s artists. Unleash your potential, find your voice, and become a part of the movement that continues to shape the world.


David Thomas: Innovator of Rhythm and Street Styles

Step into the vibrant world of hip-hop dance with David Thomas, a pioneering force in the urban dance scene and a distinguished instructor at The NYPAA. Born and bred in the Bronx, the cradle of hip-hop, David’s journey in dance began with the king of pop, Michael Jackson, as his first inspiration. This spark ignited a lifelong passion, transforming him into a cornerstone of hip-hop choreography and education.

In 2002, David Thomas founded the renowned dance crew WRT (“We Run This”), marking the beginning of an era that would bring a fresh, authentic style to the hip-hop dance community. His leadership and innovative choreography have guided WRT to collaborate with some of today’s hottest musicians and perform on prestigious stages worldwide.

David’s approach to teaching at The NYPAA is deeply rooted in his belief that hip-hop is more than a dance form; it’s a culture and a way of life. His classes are an exploration of hip-hop’s rich history and its impact on the global dance landscape. Students learn the foundational moves, rhythmic patterns, and the importance of storytelling through movement, all while being encouraged to develop their own style and voice.

Beyond technique, David instills in his students the values of discipline, respect, and community that are central to hip-hop culture. His mentorship extends beyond dance moves, preparing students for life on and off the stage.


Additional Costs: Please note, the program fees cover only the instructional aspects of the program. All travel-related expenses, including flights and visa costs, fall under the student’s responsibility and are not included.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: We understand that plans can change, but please be advised that enrollment in this class/course/program is NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances. Instead of a refund, we offer credits that can be applied to future classes/courses/programs, ensuring your investment in your artistic instruction continues to benefit you.

Short-Term Disclaimer: For students embarking on our 4, 8, or 12-week classes/courses/programs, it’s important to understand that these are designed to provide an intensive, focused introduction to the discipline. While offering a rich learning experience, the condensed nature of these workshops means they cannot cover the full spectrum of topics, techniques, and training outlined in our comprehensive program overviews. For guidance on selecting the right workshop to meet your goals, or for more information on what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Monthly: Hip-Hop

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