Faculty Features: House and Hip Hop Classes with Esperonto Bean

Esperonto Bean has been part of the street dance community for over 20 years. He is well versed in many dance styles, including House, Hip Hop, Locking and Punking/Waacking. Recognized as one of the original House Dancers from Baltimore City, he has performed in legendary house clubs such as The Sound Factory Bar in NYC, Club Zanzibar in NJ, The Paradox and Club Fantasy’s in Baltimore, MD. Esperonto was the co-recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Imagine Choreographer Award for his House Dance Choreography. His street credibility in the club scene also led him to open for acclaimed House and Hip Hop artists such as Barbara Tucker, CeCe Penniston, Robin S., Mass Order, James Howard, Funk Master Flex, KRS1, Loon, K-Solo, Mix Master Mike and Dirty Vegas. Esperonto is the Program Director of Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Youth Urban Dance Program and currently teaches adult House and Hip Hop classes at JOMDC Friendship Heights. Join him Saturday, March 30, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. for a Punking/Waacking Workshop at JOMDC Friendship Heights. All levels are welcome!

What is your teaching philosophy and/or teaching style?

Everyone has a place in dance regardless of experience level. We all speak, walk and breathe in a rhythm. Teaching is a privilege, and atmosphere is one of the most important elements in a classroom as it sets the tone for learning. I strive to create a fun atmosphere that welcomes dancers of all levels and ages. Regardless of style or level, students are always challenged to do his or her best in class. Hip Hop and other urban dance styles are social dances and I always try to bring that energy to the class. My teaching style is always a combination of understanding rhythm, technique, and groove. Dance is simply a medium for expressing our everyday patterns of life.

What is your favorite part about teaching class?

I’m a people person and I love interacting with others. It gives me an opportunity to inspire and share my art on a more intimate level. Unlike performing, you are constantly engaged with verbal and physical communication. I enjoy teaching all levels of dancers both youth and adults. Seeing my students smile makes it all worth it. The classroom is a stage for my students and we perform every time we meet.

What do you hope your students will take away from your class?

Besides becoming better dancers, I want my students to know that the art form of dance is about life. Don’t be afraid to explore, create and accept challenges. Truly, dance is a way to communicate with others but most importantly one’s self. Dance gives you freedom to self explore without limits with hope that it makes each of us a better person through the process!