Last Tuesday, students at the Studio Performing Arts Center hopped, popped and locked in a special community master dance class with hip-hop artist Ryan “Bosco” Baker.
Bosco has worked and performed alongside many famous icons of popular culture such as 50 Cent, Green Day, P!nk, Fergie, Missy Elliott and more. Last week, however, he spent some of his time with an eager group of dance students in East Lansing. His lesson included a hip-hop routine that had options for all skill levels, ranging fromsome beginner’s hip-hop dance moves and techniques, such as how to hop and land gracefully and how to roll your shoulders, to more advanced steps for experienced dancers.
“It’s fun to have Bosco come in because he’s teaching not from a show, but from hip-hop moves from the west coast,” said P.K. Van Voorhees, artistic director and instructor at the dance studio. She explained that several times a year, students have the opportunity to take special master class lessons from visiting artists. Recent guests have included members from the cast of the musicals “Wicked” and “Mary Poppins,” but this is the first time they have had a hip-hop dance course of this nature. “It’s fun to have some real current material,” she added enthusiastically.
The students included boys and girls, ranging from young children to young adults with varying backgrounds in dance. Although many began the hour-long lesson as novice hip-hop dancers, by the end they could perform the moves and routine to a music track.
With a hint of pride in his voice, Bosco reflected on the experience.“It’s something that brings people together, boys and girls, old and young, different races, different everything. They just come together and they can do it — no boundaries. I like that.
More information about the Studio Performing Arts Center and upcoming dance lessons can be found at www.dancesingact.com.