Whether you are brand new to Hip Hop dance and have never taken a dance class or have some experience with taking Hip Hop classes but just can't quite get the moves down or keep up, I can help you reach your dance goals.
Perhaps you have been in my student's shoes before. You want to take a Hip Hop dance class but are a little bit intimidated. You feel like you will look and feel foolish and not be able to keep up with the class. I am here to tell you that you are not alone in this feeling. Taking a class can be very intimidating! Especially if it is your first time. The skill level of a "beginner's" class can vary from dance studio to studio and you never know if you are getting a teacher who knows how to teach the way you personally learn. This is where I have come in to help my students and now you.
Here is what you can expect from our lessons together...
Our lessons together are catered specifically toward your end goal and most importantly, we will go at your own pace and you will receive corrections specific to your movement.
You will learn the basic dance movements and techniques you need to know to build a strong dance foundation so learning choreography and freestyling become easier. You will also learn small combinations or drills utilizing each new movement or technique you learn so you can put into practice what you are learning and practice them on your own
After our lesson, you will receive a video tutorial of the movements you were taught so you can refer back to it in case you forget any details
You will also be able to send me a video of yourself executing the movement or combination anytime before our next lesson if you want to make sure you are practicing the move correctly or simply want feedback on your progress.
So if you are ready to finally take your first step toward learning hip-hop dance, look no further =]
I look forward to meeting you!
Darren R. Wong is a member of The Kinjaz from NBC's World of Dance and has been teaching, performing and choreographing in the Hip Hop community for 13 years. He has also been a part of world-renowned Hip Hop organizations such as Culture Shock LA and Kaba Modern and spent 4 years on the faculty of the Claire Trevor School School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine as an adjunct lecturer of Breakin'. He has been sharing his experience and knowledge by teaching and training dancers of all skill levels, from college performing arts programs, dance studios and online students from around the world, how to break with the knowledge that he has been fortunate enough to gain.
Darren's goal is to share what dance has given him in his life by providing in person or online dance courses for up and coming dancers who may be intimidated or self-conscious to start dancing or do not have access to experienced teachers or a dance studio with classes that interest them around them. His courses allow both new and experienced dancers from all over the world to have access to an experienced teacher who understands the ins and outs of how to break down movements to its simplest form, so a student can confidently learn a movement with correct technique, execute them to music and piece them together to create their own combinations whenever and wherever without having to step foot into a studio.
He aspires not only to help those in his local dance community, but also dance communities worldwide who may not have direct access to the techniques and knowledge that was shared with him.
If you are unable to travel to my loft then there will be a travel fee added to your lesson rate.
My travel rates are:
1-15min travel time - Free
16-30min travel time - $20
30-45min travel time - $30
University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Science, Business Economics (Completed June 2011)
Glendale Community College
Adjunct Lecturer (Hip Hop Dance), February 2017-Present
UniverSOUL Hip Hop
Dancer/Educator, March 2017-Present
Culture Shock LA
Artistic Director, Breakdance Training & Choreography, September 2013-Present
University of California, Irvine, Claire Trevor School of Arts, Department of Dance
Adjunct Lecturer (Breakdance), September 2012-2016
Aliso Niguel High School Dance Appreciation Hip Hop Team
Coach/Choreographer, July 2013-2014
Kaba Modern Legacy, Kaba Modern LLC
Choreographer, January 2012-2013
Carlsbad High School Varsity Dance Team Lancer Dancers
Breakdance Training & Choreography 2012-2013
San Clemente Dance & Performing Arts Center
Breakdance & Hip-Hop, May 2012-July 2012
Kaba Modern Collegiate Team, Kaba Modern LLC
Artistic Director January 2011-January 2012
Coordinator January 2010-January 2011
Choreographer February 2008-January 2012
Jimmie DeFore Dance Center
Kinjaz @ NBC’s World Of Dance 2017
Culture Shock LA @ Culture Shock Benefit Show 2016
Culture Shock LA @ Culture Shock Benefit Show 2015
4 All People
Kinjaz @ MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 8 2015
Kinjaz @ CSA Northwestern Fall Speaker Event 2014 (Chicago)
Culture Shock LA @ Culture Shock LA Showcase 2014
Surreal @ The Bridge Dance Competition 2013
Kaba Modern @ Body Rock San Diego Dance Competition 2012
First of The Year
Kaba Modern @ Vibe Dance Competition 2011
Titanic, Rose’s Theme
Clubbed To Death
Kaba Modern @ Prelude NorCal Dance Competition 2011 (1st Place)
Titanic, Rose’s Theme
Clubbed To Death
Kinjaz @ The Beat Down Dance Competition (Canada)
Sadness and Sorrow
Kaba Modern @ Vibe Dance Competion 2010
Hot ‘n’ Fun
TMB @ Hip Hop International USA Prelims
Cheap and Cheerful
Kaba Modern @ Kallusive’s EnKore 2010
Invaders Must Die
Surreal @ Maxt Out Dance Competition 2010
Space Jam Theme Song
Kaba Modern @ Body Rock San Diego Dance Competition 2010
Cheap and Cheerful
Kaba Modern @ Fusion Dance Competition 2010
Fusik For the BBoys
Kaba Modern @ Vibe Dance Competition 2009
The Go Off
Kaba Modern @ Body Rock San Diego Dance Competition (3rd Place) 2009
Hold It Down
Kaba Modern @ Vibe 2008
Kaba Modern @ Hip Hop International World Prelims 2008 (2nd Place)
Kaba Modern @ Body Rock San Diego Dance Competition 2008
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