I grew up in the suburb of Toronto called Scarborough, where hip hop culture of rap, dance, stepping, breaking and MCing was a way of life in the 90s and early 2000s. We’d go to the community centre after high school and do our home work while doing break dance or hip hop dance moves in between. I was heavily influenced by a hip hop teacher at my cultural chinese dance company- I remember when she was 7 months pregnant and still doing more ab exercises than us AND she bounced back 1 month after giving birth an WON a dance competition. She will never know how much she was an influence on me now as a mom and a teacher of movement.
What you might not know is that when I was in university, I was a part of the hip hop dance troop that started the Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop! It’s still running strong today and I am so proud to say that I was part of that dance troop.
When I moved to Hong Kong, I thought I’d hung up my dance shoes forever. I love the way we move in yoga and the breath becomes the music but there are times when a really great album can hypnotize me even deeper into my practice.
Three years ago I met Amber, my aussie friend who lived in Toronto for 5 whole years before she moved to Hong Kong. We shared a love for yoga, hip hop, dancing and really good paneer! And while we’ve both talked and thought about hip hop yoga, life wasn’t ready for us to pursue it until now.
Some of you might be thinking, another project Dee? I just think, it’s the same medicine, just a different flavour to get you all feeling SO GOOD in your bodies and beyond.
Come and check out the next class!