Break dancing and hip-hop moves are gaining renewed popularity among young dancers and up-and-coming artists.
Hip-Hop's popularity was reflected during the recent MTV dance competition show, "America's Best Dance Crew" produced and hosted by "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson. The show's March 27 finale attracted nearly 5 million viewers, and ranked high in the 12- to 34-year-old age range.
The MTV television network recently announced that the dance competition show would return for a second season. And "Dance Crew" is only one of several dance shows that include hip-hop elements, including the popular show "So You Think You Can Dance?" on the FOX television network.
Dancers who want to practice or perfect their hip-hop moves under the guidance of a master of the dance can attend Ballet Nevada's Hip-Hop master class on Friday. The $15 class starts at 4 p.m. and will be held at 2920 Mill St. in Reno.
"Anyone can come, not just experts," said Carrie Wick, Director of Ballet Nevada. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
The class is taught by hip-hop dance artist Joel Gamble, or "Jo`~L," who has opened for artists such as Marques Houston, B2k, Ashanti and George Huff, among others.
Gamble has trained with choreographers who work with popular artists Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child and Aaliya.
Over the years, he has developed a diverse style by studying tap, hip-hop, funk and jazz styles of dance.
Gamble is locally grown, and is returning to teach the hip-hop class to develop "the next generation of dancers."
"Joel is a wonderful dancer," Wick said. "He's from here, so he'll be visiting us again throughout the season."
Growing up, Gamble found a creative outlet in music and dance. Gamble said he sang in church and in choir at school, eventually being selected to participate with the Creative Performing Arts Center formerly housed in Parklane Mall in Reno.
The Creative Performing Arts Center taught dancing, singing and acting skills to more than 1,000 at-risk youth back in 2003.
Gamble said he was able to explore his love for dancing, as well as choreography and singing, and earned several awards during his time there. In 2005, Gamble auditioned for "So You Think You Can Dance" in Los Angeles and made it through the first round, Wick said.
After that, Gamble studied in summer intensive programs at Synthesis Dance Studio and Debbie Reynolds Millennium Dance Complex.
For more information on the Master Class with Jo`~L, or to register for the class visit the Ballet Nevada Web site at: www.balletnevada.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 775-329-2026.
Ballet Nevada also offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, "Tiny Treasures," boys dance, lyrical jazz and "Movement for Mobility."