Long Bay Theatre's
BEACH to BROADWAY
Online Dance Masterclasses with Broadway's Robert Taylor Jr.
Absolute Beginner Hip-Hop
August, 29th, 10:00-11:00 a.m. $25
In this class you will learn the elements of hip-hop within choreography as well as learn how to freestyle dance. Each week you will learn between 2 to 3 elements of hip-hop. Some of the elements of Hip-Hop that you will learn are popping, locking, breaking, waving, tutting, gliding, house, etc. Everything taught in the class will be at a moderate pace. Beginner
August, 29th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $25
This class consists of breaking down the elements of Hip-Hop within choreography. The styles incorporated are popping, locking, waving, breaking, and gliding. The class starts off with a guided warm up by stretching out the body and using isolations— sometimes warm-up exercises are used in the combinations. There will also be beginner grooves taught in the combinations. As combinations in the class are taught, each step is broken down slowly and told where the movement is coming from based on the style of the combination. Intermediate
Musical Theatre Styles, $25
August, 29th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. $25
This class draws influences from many different styles and genres of Broadway dance. Dancers will utilize versatility, control, story-telling and athleticism. Dancers will then learn a combination where they can perfect their sense of musicality, artistry and personal style. Intermediate/Advanced
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Robert Taylor Jr. is an American entertainer whose goal is to inspire and spread love and peace to people of all ages through music and dance. He was born and raised in Coney Island and developed a love for music and dance as a young child. He went to John Dewey High School and trained under the late John Goring in the styles of Modern, Ballet, Afro Caribbean, and Jazz. During this time, Robert's first Hip-Hop teacher, also a student of John Goring, was Eddie Morales. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Musical Theatre, where he studied the Graham, Horton, and Limon techinques, as well as acting, theater, and other styles of dance. He also performed in several musicals, including New Girl In Town and The Boyfriend.
Later, Robert went on to study with teachers such as Brian Green, The Amountboyz, Jared Grimes, Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, Eric Jenkins, Jamie Jackson, Future, Eric Negron, and Spex. He performed for Michael Jackson, in 2002 with a singing/dancing group called Uneti.
Robert was selected as one of the nation's top 20 contestants for Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance, and made it to the top 16. Other credits include American Idol Season 3, So You Think You Can Dance Season 2, MTV's 'Say What? Karaoke, Kat Deluna's Whine Up music video, and the national tour of Hairspray as a singer/dancer/actor in 2008. He has performed for Michael Jackson at Webster Hall for the Sony Music protest party, and danced for L.L. Cool J at Carnegie Hall for the CBS Network Rundown (choreographed by Gio Hubela from Iconic). He also performed with Rihanna as a recording artist/entertainer for the Peace and Love festival in Sweden in 2012. Robert recently performed in Rihanna's Budweiser commercial with fellow faculty member Anthony Rue II aka AntBoogie. This past summer, he was a part of America's Got Talent as a finalist with The Mothmen. Recently he worked with Sarah O'Gleby for a Target industrial in which John Legend was the character of The Rat King.
Robert's latest accomplishment was being in the original Broadway cast of the Tony Award winning musical SpongeBob SquarePants.
For more information, including his itunes releases, please visit him on Twitter: @D8Robert