Do I want to grind it or pop it today?

Did you know that there’s a hip hop dance class available every day in the Bay Area? EVERYDAY.
I knew this was roughly true in my head because I’ve taken enough classes to know if one teacher cancels a class I can switch to another and not sit in my car stuffing powdered donuts in my face.

One sec. I need a moment.
 homer

Ok. So donuts. I mean dance. You’re writing about dance Elaine. Focus.

I work at an office and thus everything is very professional. But ya know. You take a break, you Youtube “Beyonce dance videos” and then this amazingness pops up:

Another regular search I do in Youtube is “french dudes in heels.” That ALWAYS returns fantastic things.

These videos are so inspiring. They make me want to get in my car and find the nearest class that can teach me how to hit the mark hard.

So, if you’ve woken up today and thought “hey where can I take a class today” you’re in luck.

I’ve documented it all here so we collectively can see our options.

So dance every day = monster burrito every day. That’s just simple math.

I’ve taken classes from everyone on this list (except for 2 1) so I can vouch for their awesomeness. I have not had the pleasure of taking a class with Jocquese or Gino. But after watching Jocquese’s choreo and Gino’s choreo I’m adding them to my TO DO list for this year.
(Took Gino’s class on 1/14/2014 and can absolutely confirm. his class is amazing)

Update 1/24/2014 – I took Glory’s Hip Hop/Reggae Grooves and it was amazing. So I added it here so you can realize her awesomeness too. She co-teaches the class with Bibi Khalili. Sometimes they teach together. Sometimes it’s just Glory. Sometimes it’s just Bibi. It’s all good.

Check the teacher’s individual schedules as things change.
Sometimes they cancel classes. Sometimes MUNI shuts down and they can’t get to class on time. Sometimes they don’t come cause they’re experiencing drama. It happens. It’s sad. But the Bay Area is a beautiful place and there’s another teacher who will gladly teach you how to drop it, smack it, and whack it.

And depending on when you’ve found this page, the chance of things changing goes up alot. What Iv’e detailed below is what I know in January 2014. Things change. So double check my work please.

Become FB or Twitter friends with the teachers. 
No, it’s not to stalk them. Although it is nice to see their feeds and all their beautiful friends. Seriously, there are no ugly dancers. Everyone is so goddamn beautiful in this community.
I have two logical reasons why I recommend you do this:
1) The teacher’s post updates about their classes. This reminds me I really should stop watching HIMYM Season 4 for the 20th time and go take a class. Having their updates show up in your feeds helps you not be so lazy.
2) Social media is sometimes the quickest way to find out if a class is going to be canceled. I’ve noticed that most of the teachers will update their FB and Twitter about canceled classes. Sometimes that news NEVER reaches the dance studio’s websites.

Sunday
D’Arcy Drollinger – Sunday Skool
11:00am – Academy of Ballet – SF

D Montalvo – Advanced Beginning Hip Hop
11:30am – Lines Dance Center – SF

Daniel Kang – Beginning Hip Hop
1:00pm – In The Groove Studios – Oakland

Emerson Aquino – Beginning Hip Hop
5:30pm – City Dance – SF

Monday
Daniel Kang – Beginning Hip Hop
6:30pm – In The Groove Studios – Oakland

Frankie Pagmanua – Adult Hip Hop Choreo (Don’t go this week as his team AOV one at a big competition and he’s probably not teaching today even though the schedule says he is.)
6:30pm – House of Mayhem – San Mateo

Allan Frias – Beginner/Intermediate Hip Hop
6:30pm – Dance Mission – SF

Jessica Rae – Pop Jam (Starts on 1/20/2014)
7:30pm – RAE Studios – SF

Amber Divina – Intermediate Hip Hop
8:00pm – City Dance – SF

Jocquese Whitfield – Vogue & Tone
8:00pm – Dance Mission – SF

Tuesday
Mandy Bell – Hip Hop
10:00am – Dance Visions – Palo Alto

David Shrag – Beginning Hip Hop
6:30pm – Dance Mission – SF

Rocko Luciano – Advanced Hip Hop
7:00pm – City Dance – SF

D Montalvo – Advanced Beginning Hip Hop
7:30pm – Lines Dance Center – SF

Amber Divina – Beginning Hip Hop
7:30pm – Purdance – San Jose
NOTE: On 1/14/2014 he’s not teaching at Purdance. He’s doing a special workshop at 8pm at In The Groove in Oakland.

Micaya – Intermediate Hip Hop
8:00pm – Dance Mission – SF

D’Arcy Drollinger – SexiTude – Jazz/Funk/Pop
8:00pm – Dance Mission SF

Emerson Aquino – Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop
8:30pm – City Dance – SF

Gino Ramos – Hip Hop
8:30pm – 24 Hour Fitness Van Ness – SF
(You can buy a day pass , you don’t need a membership)

Wednesday
Ed Garcia – Video Dance Star
9:30am – Fitness SF – SF
(You can buy a day pass , you don’t need a membership)

Lee Pazmino – Hip Hop
9:45am – Uforia Studios – Palo Alto

Daniel Kang – Beginning Hip Hop
6:00pm – In The Groove Studios – Oakland

Allan Frias – Hip Hop Intermediate
6:30pm – Dance Mission – SF

Amber Divina – Hip Hop Intermediate
7:00pm – Purdance – San Jose

Leslie Panitchpakdi – Jazz Funk
8:00pm – In The Groove Studios – Oakland

Thursday
Micaya – Beginning Hip Hop
6:00pm – Dance Mission – SF

Emerson Aquino – Intermediate Hip Hop
7:00pm – The Annex – SF (I just noticed the new time today 4/11/2014)

Glory/Bibi – Hip Hop/Reggae Grooves
7:00pm – City Dance – SF

D’Arcy Drollinger – WERK! Jazzy/Hip Hop
7:00pm – City Dance – SF

Jocquese Whitfield – Vogue & Tone
7:15pm – ODC – SF

Micaya – Intermediate Hip Hop
8:00pm- ODC – SF

Friday
Daniel Kang – Beginning Hip Hop
6:00pm – In The Groove Studios – Oakland

Shereen Prince – Beginning Hip Hop
6:15pm – ODC – SF

Lee Pazmino – Hip Hop
6:30pm – Uforia Studios – Palo Alto

Amber Divina – Beginning Hip Hop
7:00pm – City Dance – SF

Saturday
Molly Bell or Mandy Bell – Cardio Hip Hop
8:15am – Dance Visions – Palo Alto

Daniel Kang – Beginning Hip Hop
11:00am – In The Groove Studios – Oakland

Rocko Luciano – Beginning/Intermediate Hip Hop
11:45am – City Dance – SF

Jessica Rae – Pop Jam (Starts on 1/18/2014)
12:00pm – RAE Studios – SF

 

 

 

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