Saturday March 8th at the Williamstown Youth Center
A. Youth Session with Nicole Rizzo 10-11:30AM Ages 6 to 12
B. Teen/Adult Session with Becky Clemons 12-1:30PM Ages 12 to Adult (or 2 years’ experience)
Workshops will begin with physical stretch warm up, followed by basic movements of hip hop and ending with a dance sequence. Technique includes isolations of the body, pop and lock movements and rhythm work. Hip-Hop explores the evolution of urban jazz fused with African dance. Join Nicole and Becky for a fun, upbeat and high energy Hip Hop experience!
Nicole Rizzo has been studying dance and theatre since childhood, dancing with Berkshire Dance Theatre and then went on to study at Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC with a concentration in theatre and dance. In New York, Nicole danced in various theatre and dance shows which included the New York Fringe Festival where she was featured in the New York Times. She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career and was asked to choreograph The Pointer Sister at the Henry Fonda Theatre for the City of Hope Foundation. Nicole currently choreographs, directs and performs in her own cabaret troupe in addition to teaching. She has taught dance and movement workshops for the renowned Wanderlust Festival, Bang on a Can at MASS MoCA, and teaches musical theatre, dance and acting programs at Minerva Arts Center and Berkshire Dance Theatre. Nicole is also a certified yoga teacher.
Becky Clemons currently works as an instructor at Berkshire Dance Theatre, and is one of the founders of a community dance crew called dysFUNKcrew, which has performed at the African American Gather-In and numerous venues throughout Berkshire County. Becky has choreographed a Flash Mob and presented numerous other pieces of choreography at the world renowned MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The time and dedication that she has invested into her craft, shows through in her passion for teaching Hip Hop.