20th ANNIVERSARY NOTE
There are so many ways I could think to say this. It feels like writing an award acceptance speech. I could say the obvious things like I never imagined I would be here when when we set sail in 2004. Or, that I could not have done it without the help and love of so many people along the way. But, I think the best way that I could convey what reaching this milestone means to me is to explain why I am still on this ship after 20 years.
Quick backstory: As I prepared to teach my first ever dance class, I distinctly remember wanting the experience to feel like we had gone on a journey together. I wanted it to have a clear beginning, middle and end. And, I wanted the end to be a moment of solidarity, to bond us in positivity before sending everyone back into the real world. To that end, I came up with the idea to huddle, put our hands in and break on the words “all love”. Though I understood the feeling I wanted to convey with that action and those words, I had no idea how far reaching the effects would be.
Since then, “all love” has been said thousands of time by tens of thousands of people, as we use it at events, performances, staff meetings and, of course, every single class we have ever taught. Sometimes, they are just words. But, sometimes, they are a mental centering point, a call to action, and even a lifeboat. For us, it has become the foundational philosophy guiding everything we do.
FUNKMODE gives me an opportunity to create the world as I wish to see it. It is how I express my deeply held beliefs as to how humans should relate to one another. I cannot control what happens in almost every single place on Earth. But, at FUNKMODE, I can craft a little oasis where people are given a chance to be themselves, enjoy their lives and celebrate one another as they seek to recreate and improve themselves. To me, that is the essence of “all love”. As long as I can keep creating that space for others, I will rejoice in doing this work. As I enter my 21st year of living these precious words, I consider myself so fortunate, and I am brimming with gratitude. Thank you for being part of this journey with us. May we continue together in this spirit for twenty more.
All love - Mighty
WELCOME TO FUNKMODE!
We have dance classes for kids age 3 to all ages of adult with absolutely no experience necessary. Choose from Hip Hop, Jazz, Cardio Dance, Fierce Femme, Twerk, and more.
We also offer private lessons, after school programs, birthday parties, special events and studio space rental.
If you're looking to have fun(k) in an inclusive, friendly and never-taking-ourselves-too-seriously environment, look no further. You've found your new favorite place right here with us!
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FUNKMODE partners with many schools in our local area to bring our "Best of the East Bay" Hip Hop and Breakdance classes to hundreds of kids as an after school enrichment activity.
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We provide a one-hour class for your attendees complete with games, activities and a choreographed dance to the song of your choice. You also have the option to use the studio for your after party.
Whether reality shows have filled your head with moving to Hollywood or you just want to look HOT dancing in your living room, our instructors are here to give you exactly what you want.
FUNKMODE Studios is a 4,000sqft ADA-compliant complex with 3 studio rooms of varying sizes, a waiting area with 55" TV to view all rooms through closed-circuit camera system, bathrooms, ample parking and easy access from HWY680 (Willow Pass Road exit). Each room has a full wall of 8' tall mirrors, a large sound system and sprung hardwood floors.