Students at a local dance studio got to experience a little Hollywood flare this week when they worked with two Los Angeles-based dance choreographers.
Wednesday and Thursday, students at Techniques School of Dance hosted the Flow 40 Dance Workshops. Dancers Nick Drago and Clinton Huff taught students in eight different styles of dance, including jazz, contemporary, musical theater, ballet, leaps and turns, lyrical, hip-hop and break dancing.
“This is so much fun, and it’s cool to have guy teachers” said student Charlie Kirby, 7, who enjoys hip-hop dance.
The workshop included male and female dancers ages 6 to 19.
“Working with these famous choreographers was awesome,” Emily Flowers, a senior company dancer, said excitedly. “I learned new moves and they are pushing me to dance my best.”
Drago has worked with Mariah Carey, Rhianna, Jem, RuPaul, Duran Duran and Jessica Simpson; and on “Oprah,” the MTV Video Music Awards, TV show “Glee” and was digitally motion-captured to be Alvin’s dance double in the “Alvin and The Chipmunks” movie. Huff has worked on TV shows and movies including “Keepin’ it Real,” “So Called,” “Tough Girl” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” and had lead roles in several Disney productions. He has worked on advertising for Visa, Coca-Cola, Nike, Nokia, Sega, Honda and Paul Mitchell.
“Exposure to all dance genres ensures dancers are well rounded and more employable,” said Beth Knight, director of Techniques. “In keeping with our goals at Techniques, Nick and Clinton are inspiring our students to believe in themselves and develop a true love of dance.”
The students will take all they have learned and apply it in their dance classes that start Aug. 20. Registration for classes is July 23 from 1 to 7 p.m.