Reggaeton is a hybrid dance form built from salsa, dancehall, and hip-hop influences. It reflects the musical and cultural journey of Jamaican migrants across the Caribbean (especially Puerto Rico, which is credited with creating 'mainstream' reggaeton) towards Latin American and the United States. Reggaeton blends Jamaican music influences of reggae and dancehall with those of Latin America, such as bomba and plena, as well as that of hip hop. Reggaeton focuses on strong and sensual hip movements (commonly known as dancing 'perreo') and often incorporates Hip-Hop grooves and Latin dance technique. In this class, students will learn choreography to gain an understanding of the genre and its associated terminology. See instructor IG to view choreography style.
Suggested Experience Needed:
6 months of experience recommended
K-Pop, Bollywood Funk, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Bachata
Valeria Bernal (she/her) is an instructor and choreographer from Panama City, Panama and currently resides in San Francisco, CA. Since she was three years old, Valeria trained classical techniques such as ballet, modern, jazz, and tap at the Academia de Danzas Steps. As an adult, she trained with other studios that specialized in ballroom dancing, latin styles, dancehall, reggaetón and hip-hop in both her hometown and the US. She is passionate about teaching dance and sharing her lively and cheerful energy with others in any city she resides. The teaching style and choreographies that Valeria creates prioritizes the dancer’s experience. She creates a space for all to identify their strengths, explore their individuality, and develop self-confidence.