"My experience with Funkmode has been a huge part of my life, and I will carry with me the newfound joy of moving to a beat, an ever-growing love of hip-hop, and the sure knowledge that there are great people spreading the message of ALL LOVE in a divisive world." - Thomas A.
Hip Hop (adults)
Whether you’re looking to pick up a few moves, get some exercise, meet new people or just have a lot of fun, we’ve got it all here for you! Each class starts with a warm-up full of freestyling, stretching and conditioning guaranteed to get your heart pounding. Then we move into choreography set to today‘s groove-worthy jams which combines old and new school Hip Hop and adds in a touch of Latin, African, Modern, Swing, House, or whatever else is blowin’ up the dance floors today. All of this is wrapped in a package that promises to challenge even the most seasoned vets while still allowing complete beginners to get a solid and fun introduction to dance. (warning: known to induce giddyness and funnessosity [yes, that IS a word])
Intro to Hip Hop (adults) - NEW IN FALL 2016
Are you new to FUNKMODE and wanna learn Hip Hop dance? EUREKA! We're the foremost authority on Hip Hop in these parts and, if there's one thing we're good at, it's taking newbies from amateur to awesome. In this class, we introduce you to all of the basics of Hip Hop movement, music and culture while preparing you to eventually graduate to our main adult Hip Hop class. While being accessible to even the most beginner of beginners, this class is still fun, funky and will kick your butt on the exercise end. If you're new to our crew and want to know what to do, this is the zoo for you, boo! (note: it's not an actual zoo but "class" didn't rhyme)
Beginner Breakdance (adults) - NEW IN WINTER 2017
Here's the thing ... you've always wanted to learn how to break, but you thought that once you hit adulthood, that ship had sailed? Right? WRONG! If you want to learn to rock like a B-boy or B-girl, then we'll make sure age ain't nothin' but a number. We got you. We are running this class for rank beginners who want to learn the basics and see how far they can go. There is no specific physical level required, but you will be physically challenged to guarantee you develop new strength, flexibility and coordination. Most importantly, you'll gain skills that you've always wanted, in a welcoming environment while having a ton of fun.
Pretty tough to find an actual adult Jazz class in the East Bay, right? We know, we tried. So we stopped trying and made one. Before long, one got so big, we had to make two. Now we have 2 levels of adult Jazz to cover all levels of dancers. And we flipped the script on the old school way of teaching Jazz to provide a more modern approach to this classic style. Throughout each session we bring you HOT new music, every different style of Jazz (e.g. Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater), and new dances to keep you excited and working hard. We begin each class with fundamental work such as deep stretching, and across-the-floors (focusing on leaps, turns, balance and form) and then we continue on into center work and choreography. Again, this ain't teachers who can't dance anymore rapping people’s feet with canes in this class. This is a young, fun, student-focused development class where NO ONE gets left behind and EVERYONE is challenged according to their ability.
Tap (adults) - NEW IN WINTER 2017
You asked, we added! This multi-style and multi-level Tap class if for the newbies and the oldbies (okay, okay, let's just go with "experienced"). Through the classes, we will warm up those toots with some Tap drills, go across the floor practicing/learning new steps, and work on choroegraphed routines. Learning rhythm and style is just a bonus to what this class will bring. Whether you want to learn a new style to keep your feet busy under your work desk or you grew up watching Gene Kelly, this class will be flappin' good fun (teehee, tap joke).
MOVE! (cardio dance)(adults) - NEW IN FALL 2016
Our students know we some sneaky little fitness ninjas who use dance as one of our main weapons. That's why we created MOVE! In this class, we put you through a 60-minute cardio dance workout suitable for people of all levels of fitness and dance experience. We borrow movement from any style of dance scientifically proven to make you sweat and set it to any style of music funkmodically proven to make you MOVE! (see what we did there?) This class is light on choreography but heavy on movement. It's also light on boring and heavy on fun. Basically, if you wanna burn calories and have a great time doing it ... MOVE!
Midday MOVE! (cardio dance)(adults) - NEW IN WINTER 2017
This is very much like our other MOVE! classes but especially tailored for people who only have a short time to get their workout on during their lunch hour. And, there are two other special things you want to know about this class. First, while the formal class is 45 minutes, we are actually going to go a full hour for those people who have the time to stay. This final 15 minutes will get into a lot of stretching and a cool down. Secondly, we're taking the price waaay down on this class to make it very accessible to all. Instead of the normal rate of $175/12-week session, this class is only $120 for the session. So, basically, you can still get a one-hour class, but for like 30% less $$$. Are we crazy? Yeah, probably. Whaddyagonnado?
Jazz Technique (adults)
This class is for adults wanting to get stronger and refine their Jazz technique, without the focus on learning choreography. We include stretching, strength building and all of the "nuts and bolts" of Jazz technique ... leaps, kicks and turns. Individual feedback is given to students throughout the class to promote rapid improvement.
Hip Hop (ages 3-18)
All of the basic dance skills like keeping rhythm, following choreography and developing body control, as well as performance skills such as stage presence, acting, and improvisation are taught through kid-friendly Hip Hop & Funk style music and movement. In these highly popular classes, we also play games, teach Hip Hop history and even hold occasional contests to create a fun and motivating learning environment for your child. Throughout the session the students work together with FUNKMODE to create an original video performance pieces for family and friends which will showcase all of their hard-earned talents and abilities. Excellent choice as a child's first dance class.
Break dance (B-boy/B-girl) (ages 7-15)
The original Hip Hop dance! We’ll teach you all of the styles created back in the day by the first B-boys and B-girls from NYC to California. We bring it all in this class - you get waving, popping, gliding, floor work, rocking, locking and more. You’ll also get practice dancing freestyle just in case you want to take your moves to a B-boy/B-girl battle. No previous dance experience is required for the class but you’ve gotta be ready to challenge yourself. Now who’s ready for some backspins?! (Knee pads recommended and athletic shoes required)
Music Video Camp (ages 6-12)
Videos have always been a big part of what we do. Years ago, we got the idea to create camps where we spend a week working with kids to produce a music video. The immediate success of that first camp snowballed into having these camps multiple times per year, spanning over a decade while reaching tons of kids. We even had the chance to host one in Singapore! The basic idea is that kids star in their own music video. They get to dance, act, create characters, improvise and perform while also helping us conceptualize, scout locations, and costume. Older ones even assist with camera work, casting, writing and directing. The result is a mini-movie that just gets more and more incredible every year (see examples below). We record throughout the week and the footage then gets professionally edited, resulting in a fully produced music video. Our families tell us that this video becomes a treasured keepsake that provides hours of entertainment and memories for years to come. For us FUNKMODE peeps, these camps are a highlight of our year as well. We have so much fun with the kids. Every group creates new possibilites and brings new talent which translates into truly entertaining performances. We can't wait to work with your kids on our best video yet! (Space is very limited in each camp)