Dance classes fuse hip hop, Latin styles

Two dance teachers will fuse hip hop and salsa in a week-long dance workshop for all experience levels.

Crimson Coast Dance Society’s annual youth project, Body Talk, offers teens and families the opportunity to dance and learn together during spring break March 18-22 and then perform on stage with seasoned professionals March 23.

Toronto-based hip hop artist Megan Trainer and Nanaimo salsa dancer Warren Scott lead the fusion of hip hop dance styles with the Latin moves of salsa dancing.

The day program is open to teens from 1-4:30 p.m., while the evening program, 6-8:30 p.m., is open to families. Cost is $25.

Workshops feature a fusion of hip hop dance styles with the Latin moves of salsa dancing.

Trainer’s background in tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop led to on screen and on stage performances. She worked with ABC Family Channel, CTV and Michael Buble, as well as various artists in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Trainer was also a “Hero” tap dancer at the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies and is a member of Vancouver’s Stonefoxx Dance Crew.

Scott has been dancing and performing salsa around the world for 15 years. Highlight performances include the Taiwan Cultural Festival in Asia; the World Latin Formation Team Championships in Austria; the Snowball Classic in Vancouver; with Salsa Caliente in Seattle, and the New York Salsa Congress. Currently he teaches salsa at Vancouver Island University and co-hosts a weekly Salsa Night at Spice Lounge.

The spring break project is the culmination of a season of work by the Body Talk Cru, a group of teens exploring career opportunities in contemporary dance.

Body Talk is an ‘earn while you learn project’ that includes the planning, administration, promotion and presentation of a dance project. For more information, or to register, please visit www.crimsoncoastdance.org or call 250-716-3230.

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