Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mackenzie Buckley will be offering Popping and Hip-Hop dance classes

MacKenzie Buckley is a senior at Pittsfield High School and she started dancing with the Youth Alive step team 2 years ago in 2008.  This is her fifth year doing step.  She taught herself how to dance the way she does.  She would sit in front of the mirror for hours everyday dancing trying to perfect everything.  She has performed at Colonial Theatre, Barrington Stage, Third Thursdays, and at many other Pittsfield Community events.  She previously led a step dance workshop at Camp Romaca together with Michelle Atiemo for 60 girls. She also will be teaching dance after-school at the Boys and Girls Club in Downtown Pittsfield.

About Popping:
Popping was created by Sam Solomon in Fresno, California and performed by his crew the Electric Boogaloos. It is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer's body, referred to as a pop or a hit. Each hit should be synchronized to the rhythm and beats of the music. Popping is also used as an umbrella term to refer to a wide range of 10+ other closely related illusionary dance styles such as strobing, liquid, animation, and waving that are often integrated with standard popping to create a more varied performance. In all of these sub-genres it appears to the spectator that the body is popping hence the name. The difference between each sub-genre is how exaggerated the popping is. In liquid the body movements look like water. The popping is so smooth that the movements do not look like popping at all; they look fluid. The opposite of this is ticking in which the movements are static, sudden, and jerky.

She will begin with a beginner group of Popping, Waving, Tutting, Gliding, and Hip-hop, if the group is more advanced she will begin to offer Intermediate classes as well.  All ages are welcome. 

When: Beginning Tuesday October 12th from 4-5pm and Friday October 15th 4-5pm.
Tuesdays and Friday 4-5pm at the Lichtenstein Center located at 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Cost: $5/class

Check out videos of Mackenzie dancing

No comments: