DANCE AND THEATER CLASSES
SUMMER 2011 SCHEDULE (JULY-AUGUST)
Monday 7-8:30pm - Jazz
Wednesday 7-8:30pm - Hip Hop
Saturday 10:30-Noon - Hip Hop
Monday 6-7pm - Hip Hop (Ages 6-10)
Wednesday 5:30-7pm - Hip Hop (Ages 11-15)
Saturday 9:30-10:15am - Hip Hop (Ages 3-5)
MUSIC VIDEO SUMMER CAMP
8/8-8/12 - 9am-Noon (Ages 6-12)
ALL CLASSES ARE HELD AT: 1948 Oak
Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, 94523
Space is limited and we close
classes once they've reached capacity. To reserve
your spot, click on the big red link below. This
ain't us trying to sound cool y'all. If you're
serious about signing yourself or your kid up, lock
down your spot by registering ASAP!
WEEKLY CLASSES = 1
class/week X 8 weeks = $100
Wait! Did you say you
wanted to take 2 classes, or sign up another family member too?
(does not include hamsters, llamas, pool boys, or cousins of
... each additional class is ONLY $60!
TO REGISTER BY PHONE CALL THE FUNKMODE INFO LINE
Pretty tough to find an adult Jazz class in the East Bay, right? It
gets even harder once you're on the sunny side of the tunnel! You
kept asking for it and we're bringing it to you. In FUNKMODE's new multi-level adult Jazz class you can expect a more
modern approach to teaching this cool, classic style. We begin each class with
traditional fundamental work such as deep stretching and across the floors (focusing on leaps, turns,
balance and proper form), then we continue on into center work and choreography. But variety is
the name of the game here. Each week we'll be bringing you HOT new music, different
styles of Jazz (Fosse, Contemporary, Musical Theater, etc.), and new dances to keep you
excited and working hard.
There are no old ladies or men 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 will be challenged according to their ability.
FUNKMODE Hip Hop 4 Kids
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 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 performance piece for family and friends which will showcase all of
their hard-earned talents and abilities.
ADULT Hip Hop
Whether youíre looking to pick up a few moves, get some exercise,
meet new people or just have a lot of fun, weíve 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 todayĎs 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 blowiní 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.
p.s. NO ONE
EVER LEAVES WITHOUT A SMILE ON THEIR FACE!
Click here to check out our adult Hip
Preschool Dance (ages 3-5)
This creative movement class is often a childís introduction to
dance, where they begin to understand the basics of taking a dance class while developing
their ability to express themselves physically. Our instruction focuses primarily on helping
young ones learn how to work with other children, follow directions, use essential dance
terms and listen to music like a dancer. We use many teaching tools such as
storytelling and props to make the learning environment fun and to reach as great a variety of
learning styles as possible. Through these classes we also introduce the children to
various forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop which helps them to not only
develop a general appreciation for dance but also allows them to find the specific
style that most fits their personality and abilities. And of course, we ground all of this on
a foundation of essential physical skills like coordination, balance, rhythm, body isolation
Breakdance / Hip Hop for Boys
The original Hip Hop dance! Weíll 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.
Youíll also get practice dancing freestyle just in case you want to take your moves
to a B-boy battle. No previous dance experience is required for the class but youíve gotta be ready to challenge yourself. Now whoís ready for some backspins?! (Knee pads recommended and tennis shoes required)
TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THESE
CLASSES CLICK HERE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT OUR CLASSES
How are your classes structured?
run our classes with all the precision of a finely
tuned Italian sports car. We come out of first gear
with a quick total body warm-up. Then as we start to
get a rev going we pop it into second with 15-20
minutes of freestyling where you follow along with
the teacherís moves and keep that heart rate going.
Just when you think you can dance no more, we drop
it into third as we hit the floor for some
stretching and strengthening. Next itís time to
cruise into fourth as we learn some hot Hip Hop
choreography to the latest jams from the Bay Area
and beyond. And once every 3 weeks we kick into high
gear by pulling out the video cameras and recording
the moves weíve been learning (if you havenít yet,
check out our videos
here). Sick of the driving analogies? Yeah,
we thought so. How bout we pump the brakes on that
now ... Díoh!
the structure of the kidsí classes
What should I wear/bring to class?
Everyone seems to think that everyone in Hip Hop
class gets fitted like Beyonce or Jay-Z. But while
we totally support anyone who wants to get flossed
out to get in the mood, most everyone just dresses
like they would if they were going to work out. That
includes bringing a water bottle and a towel if you
got it. Other than that, make sure you got footwear
that lets you move easily and youĎre set. And in
case you are one of the people that wants to pimp
your gear before you come through, know you wonít be
alone. Us FUNKMODE folk like to don our flyest fits
too, so play on playas.
Are your classes for beginners?
Absolutely. We call them classes because thatís the
place where you learn. If everybody were already
skilled, weíd call them rehearsals. We want everyone
to feel like they can come take class no matter what
their experience or skill level and weíve worked
hard to make sure our classes meet the needs of
those who are just starting out.
What is the average age of the people in your
you know itís not polite to be asking peopleís ages.
Shame on you! But if you must know, we cover the
demographic that watches MTV all the way to the one
that watches CNN. If thatís not specific enough for
you, just know that you wonít be the oldest student
weíve had and you wonít be the youngest. Donít let a
number become an excuse. If you love to dance, you
donít need to worry about anything else.
have never danced before or taken a class. Is that a
if it stops you from EVER taking a class. We have a
long list of people who have taken class with us
over the years who started out as complete newbies
and eventually learned to shake it like pros. Again,
thatís why we call it dance CLASS. You are there to
learn and weíre here to teach you. All you really
need to be successful is a love for music and
movement, a willingness to learn and a sense of
humor for those occasional moments when your feet
donít seem to wanna keep up with your brain.
Iíve danced a lot in the past. Will your classes be
too easy for me?
the majority of our students are beginners, we do
have some pros hiding out here and there. Watch our
class videos and youíll catch em making it
all look easy. We teach our choreography with
options for beginners and advanced dancers. In case
youíre still not convinced, just know that weíve
NEVER had someone complain that they needed more of
a challenge. If youíre that good, weíll definitely
put your moves to work ... and we might even invite
you to rehearsal!
Can I try/watch a class?
and no. You can come give us a try, but we donít let
people just kick it on the sidelines. It kind of
weirds out the rest of us who are actually dancing
to have people staring at us. That being said, we
HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you watch our
videos to get a taste of class and then
sign up for an entire session. Unless youíre
an experienced and accomplished dancer, taking one
class is a REALLY bad way to evaluate whether or not
itís for you. If you are new, you are likely to be
somewhat frustrated during your first class as your
mind and body attempt to form a new relationship.
However, people always seem to advance very quickly
and after only a few classes they have a VERY
different perspective than they had initially. Donít
think of this as a dance class, think of it as a
dance course. What we do works best as a package,
not a one time experience.
Can I take class on a drop-in basis?
you havenít already, check the answer to the
question directly above. Our classes arenít
structured for drop-ins. We do this for a few
reasons. For one, people see much better results
when they attend class regularly. Also, it makes
class much more enjoyable for everyone when we get
used to seeing, learning and dancing with familiar
faces. Finally, it ensures that our student numbers
stay relatively consistent which keeps teachers AND
What if I canít make every single class in a
problem! Talk to us and weíll work with your
schedule to allow for make ups.
It shouldnít stop anyone from
registering for a session.
you teach real Hip Hop?
may be out in the burbs, but our Hip Hop is
definitely not from the land of make believe. We
pride ourselves on being one of the very, VERY few
companies around that truly represents for REAL Hip
Hop. We donít play sell-out rap songs. We donít bite
our moves from music videos or TV shows and if you
wanna chill for a spell, we could regale you with
more details about the history of Hip Hop than you
ever thought possible. This ainít Jazz or pop moves
disguised as funk. FUNKMODE IS HIP HOP!
you teach freestyling?
wise Zen Master once said, ďIf you can teach
freestyling, is it still freestyling?Ē Though the
Zen Man kinda has a point here, we still do our best
to provide some basis for understanding the
fundamentals of freestyling, especially since most
people want to be able to dance socially. As
mentioned earlier, at least a third of our adult
class is spent following the teacherís freestyling,
which doesnít mean you are actually creating on the
fly, but youíre at least learning to follow on the
fly. Itís a bit like learning to freestyle with
training wheels. If you really want to get down with
some serious freestyle training,
private lessons are the way to go. NOTE:
All kidsí classes include freestyle training.
you teach more than dancing in your kidsí classes?
kidsí classes are a far different animal than our
Click here to see the basic format. Since
weĎre giving most of these ankle biters and young
adults their first exposure to the performing arts,
we include a bit of everything in their classes. For
example, Hip Hop classes include some basic training
in other important dance styles in addition to
working on not just the moves but also performance
quality. We also do basic acting training, sessions
on how to improvise, lessons on comedy and comedic
timing and some musical education. We find that all
of these skills make better dancers so we make it an
important part of their curriculum. One more thing
... every Spring we have a big show that really
gives the kids a chance to show off the whole range
of performing arts skills theyíre learning AND every
month we shoot a kidsí
class video just like the adult videos so
you have something to show off to family and
How do you choose your music for class? Also, is it
have our favorite artists and we keep our ear to the
streets for the new kids bringing the heat. We take
a lot of
requests from our students figuring that if
youíre bumpin it outside of class, youíll definitely
be jammin when you hear it in class. And just so
thereís no surprises, know that we are very
protective of Hip Hop culture and we wonít play just
any fool thatís sittin at the top of the charts. You
gotta have staying power to get on our
playlist. We play only real artists that
represent for Hip Hop. As for the kidsí classes, our
music is ALWAYS kid friendly. We want them to have
the most positive image of Hip Hop possible. Check
music page to get an idea of the kind of
tunes that keep our heads bobbin.
Will I get a good workout?
Better than a Jane Fonda/Tae Bo/Pilates sandwich (eewww!).
Although it IS a dance class, we know a lot of
people are just trying to find a fun way to burn
calories without strapping themselves to a
StairMonster. Sooo, we make sure to sneak a workout
in on ya while youíre distracted by trying to keep
up with the steps. Weíve got a lot of people to drop
a lot of weight with our stealthy dance trickery so
donít be surprised if thereís less of you to go
around by the end of the session.
How are your group classes different from your
different as watching people dance on TV is from
taking a dance class. Private lessons put you a step
closer to the action.
Private lessons allow us to get into things
that weíd never have the time or ability to cover in
group classes. Besides that, theyíre completely
individualized, so whatever you want to do is what
we do. Theyíre a great way to learn things we donít
cover in class or get extra assisted practice with
the things we are doing in class. Especially if
youíre a first timer, private lessons are a GREAT
Click here for more details.
I have to be in your class videos?
but everyone will look at you funny. JUST KIDDING!!!
No one ever has to be in the videos if they donít
want to. BUUUT, our
class videos are a BIG part of the way new
people like yourself get a chance to see what
classes are like. If everyone opted out of the
videos, YOU would have nothing to watch. Also, if
the videos only had people in them that made the
choreography look perfect (i.e. no beginners), how
realistic or inviting would that be? Weíre not
submitting our stuff to MTV, youíre not expected to
be a diva/divo and thereís no judgment here ... just
people who love to dance having a lot of fun.
Can I join your performance company?
choose people for the company from amongst our
students. That means, if you want to try out, you
gotta be in class. We donít bring in new people that
often, but we also donít let a good opportunity pass
us by. If youíre interested let us know, then start
treating every class like itís your own personal
As you can see, one of FUNKMODE's current special-ities is teaching. We teach
classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, but most especially in the East Bay. If you
live in any of the following areas, we probably have something near you:
Marin San Rafael
Alameda Berkeley Rockridge Orinda
Lafayette Walnut Creek
Pleasant Hill Antioch
Danville San Ramon
We offer all types of dance classes for all level
of dancers from Creative Movement for 3-5 year olds to Hip Hop for adults. Here is a full list of
the styles we offer:
We offer private
lessons for all of these styles which you can learn more about
FUNKMODE also teaches acting and theater classes for
young people. In all of our classes we help kids to become
great storytellers, actors, dancers and singers which in turn helps them to build
self-esteem, confidence, and a positive attitude.
If you are interested in taking a Hip Hop class
with us you should check out our
Students section on the main website. Here you can see
videos of past choreography done in
class, get our full class
and even check out our current