About Hip Hop
Hip-Hop dance consists of Breaking (commercially known as Breakdancing) and Hip-Hop Party Moves (e.g., Bart Simpson, Biz Markie, Roger Rabbit, Running Man) and Hip-Hop is an artistic and cultural movement that started in the 1970s in The Bronx of New York City by Black and Latiné youth who expressed joy through Hip-Hop during a time of oppression. In this class students will focus on A beginner-friendly Hip-Hop dance combo that will help with choreography rentions and movement quality. This course is a prerequisite requirement for many of our intermediate/advanced classes. Prepare to take this class for at least 6-8 weeks before advancing to the next class.
Suggested Experience Needed:
No experience required.
Jazz Funk, Pop Jam, Reggaeton, K-Pop, Bollywood Funk, Waacking, House Fundamentals
It looks like you may have a little dancer” - as her mother would tell the story about what the doctor said during her ultrasound. Tiana- in the womb, with the heel of her foot in her mouth, was literally born to dance. In just the small city of Antioch, California at Delta Ballet Academy, Tiana started training recreationally at just eight years old in Hip Hop with LaTonya Watts. She then started training in ballet, as it became a requirement for her to continue with a competitive team. Her ballet teacher expressed to her mother, that there was no way it was her first time training in that style.
It was then that she knew dance was not just a “talent” that she had picked up, but a Gift. Tiana continued to expand her training in other styles such as jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. At the age of twelve, she started competing and traveling as a dancer. She continue to pursue her career throughout high school and started teaching dance once she graduated, in 2008.
In 2012, TiAna moved to New York City to pursue her dance career. She grew tremendously, training at studios like Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, PeriDance Center, and Brickhouse NYC. She has worked with well-known artists; Sevyn Streeter, Justine Skye, Nikki Tino, Demi Grace, and more. Tiana has Choreographed, danced backup, and hosted classes for music labels like Atlantic Records, and Def Jam. While pursuing her dance career, she picked up a love for fitness and established a name for herself as a fitness instructor. Tiana “Your favorite instructor” Hester has been featured in the New York Times, New York Post, Shape Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar as #4 of the Top 20 Fitness Instructors of New York. In 2019, she brought her expertise back home and has continued to learn and teach as a professional dancer. TiAna is grateful to have trained under so many well-known choreographers from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York such as Corey Action, Allen Frias, Matthew J. Day, Denzel Chisholm, Jerry “Curls” Paulino, Antonio “Tony” Jefferson, and more! She has taught and choreographed for over 15 dance studios and hopes to be able to continue moving with purpose, on purpose, and share her visions with the world.