Running a dance school is like throwing a jam every day. Without a team, forget about having a life. But once you have everything in its place, it can practically run itself. Once you have a school, you have a hub, and once you have a hub, you can do other things. Every city is going to need a school, and if you want to be the one to do it, do it!
Once you have the structure, then you’re good. You want to be able to replace each part of the structure to be able to keep the thing going.
I started out by sharing with people in the neighbourhood
I loved how articulate Wiggles and everyone was during the RSC anniversaries. Their stories helped me articulate better what I’m doing. The conversations were the classes and workshops, and these conversations were what I wanted to pass down
I’m a b-boy stuck in the body of a DJ. I still don’t want to be DJ! I started because I wanted to hear music that I wanted to dance to.
After the initial sensation of flying that breaking gives me, it turned into the reaction to the music, that became the main motivation for breaking
If I break, I want a mix. The DJ’s job is to loop the breakbeats. When I create a mixtape, I want people to feel the groove then get hit by the break
People want to play faster music, but we’re not on coke. When I started experimenting with playing slower music, breakers came up to me and started telling me how they felt better breaking when I was spinning
The record of Pretty Purdy really changed how I thought about breaking and DJing because I understood what would happen to me if I wanted to break at 125bpm.
If you see a James Brown record wherever you’re traveling, buy it!
What salsa taught me: how to stay on time
Not everyone needs to watch ALL the prelims – you should have multiple circles going on at the same time at big events
I used to work at a cell phone company, now I’m teaching the advanced level full-time through the Champions program (for people ready to make this their life) with Breakfree
I’ve taught hundreds of hours and learned a lot about teaching that way
The difference between teaching kids vs Champions program: kids on a beginner level, you gotta captivate their attention and gain their respect; just do a move and the kid will be like woah! but the captivation has to keep going – you gotta be charismatic and have fun – that delicate balance between fun and discipline; gain their respect by following through what you’re saying, delivering on what you’re saying; you don’t have to be the illest in the world to be the illest teacher
For Champions level, its not about the specifics of the move, it’s about the concept/big picture takeaway. The reason is not to master this combo but to open up your mind to the possibilities of combos. It lies in the articulation of the concept behind the lesson. People miss the reason behind “why” are we doing this toprock drill, this flare combo.
Champions program is a “do or die” moment. there’s no sugarcoating now. it’s go time, no time wasted. Communication is much more open and transparent
The difference between teacher, coach, community leader: in the classroom, you’re a teacher for that one hour. Outside of that, you’re a community leader and there’s always going to be eyes on you. Coach is whenever it comes down to applying the lessons you teach in class – when you’re trying to get all those lessons to stick and be at the forefront of when they’re performing or battling
I can’t bring everybody to the Bronx, so I brought the Bronx to everybody else
When I came back out of retirement in 98, there was an epidemic of OGs saying “that’s not bboying”, “they’re not doing it right”, so my thing was rather than criticize, why not teach them?
No matter what I chose to teach, I was always good at it. I break it down to the simplest form, so that anyone could understand. My goal was to have more students than anybody else.
The game should be told, not sold.
I have enough to give away for free, so when the opportunity for a workshop comes around, I can still teach them something different. Not many people were doing what I was doing because it would mess up their workshop game.
If I could go out there and stay 3 months, I could go to a lot of different places. 3 months then turned into 6 years. That was before the European Union.
Cros discovered Korea, but I discovered Poland!
A real battle is not 3 rounds. A real battle is toe to toe, blow to blow without no h20 until somebody quits or gives up.
In my generation, we knew when we lost. But nowadays cats would get smoked and still be talking shit and running moves
What makes a great teacher: it’s not about being a great teacher, it’s about being a teacher that’s great. To be great, you gotta be more than everybody else. That’s why i always changed up what I taught. I never allowed video cameras in my workshops. When I saw people doing what I do, that’s when I did the “power to the people” workshop, so no one could bite it.
My job is not to make another Alien Ness, I like being the only Alien Ness.
“power to the people” is just giving people the power to dictate what they want to learn.
I can teach moves I’m not physically capable of doing.
The great teacher is a great student; I’ve never been afraid to ask anybody old-school or new-school how to do something. I teach air flares, and when I teach that method, I call it the short and supreme method, because Iron Monkey taught me. I was able to do that because I can go to somebody and say, “teach me that”. A lot of cats want to project “authority”. You can ask me anything but I’m willing to saying “I don’t know”
A lot of “beef” was not beef. That was just a disagreements. And a lot of b-boys gotta know that difference. You never know what the person in front of you is all about.
The future of b-boying is bright
Corporations are the biggest culture vultures, might as well take advantage of it
Pay attention to what your students do. I don’t like wasting time with them. I get them to send me videos and if i don’t see change, I don’t like wasting my time