How could anyone forget! After all, Brotherhood took first place at the esteemed Body Rock Dance Competition this past year. Wowing the crowd with their jaw-dropping, high-energy choreography, these boy toys definitely made VanCity proud.
Founder/director of Brotherhood and of The Squad (who recently made their debut on America’s Got Talent), Scott Forsyth, actually started dancing.. as a bboy!
Scott explored breakdancing for almost 5 years until he made his way into the choreography scene in Canada. He soon fell in love with the supportive atmosphere of the community, as he began to take classes and grow alongside fellow dancers. This inspired him to form Brotherhood, and to branch out in his teaching ventures – including his class on STEEZY Studio.
Since his style is very unique, he shared some of his most important tips to help you improve as a dancer:
Work on “new school grooves” and variations of that.
Choreography was most often a groove that was elaborated on. And there are lot of “new school” type of grooves in my pieces. Some might be over played like the nae nae, whip, dougie, etc. while some of them are familiar but don’t even have a name for them. Regardless, if you do them right, they’re HYPE.
Don’t focus too much on specific angles of your limbs, but on the groove behind it. Pay attention to how your body reactsto certain initiations of movement. Your chest, hips, and shoulders should carry most of the power, and not so much your arms.
Change up the amount of energy you’re using
What helps with this, along with execution in all other areas of the piece, is to not go 100% on every single move. Having levels in your performance relies on knowing how to distribute your energy so you don’t look flail-y. Save your full-out energy for the full-out parts!
Listen to the music
Also, pay attention to musicality without preconception of what the choreographer is hitting. Especially for this piece- I really played with musicality, by hitting lyrics in one 8 then switching to beats, then melody, etc. It’s never constant. But don’t create your own ideas on what you’re dancing to- watch the choreographer!
Practice these tips in all the classes you take- grooving, listening, playing with energies. Your performance will be more dynamic and fun to watch.
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced dancer, the full-body engagement, groove variations, and sharp, powerful hits of Scott’s choreography will train your body to move in new ways.