This is the former location of the blog of the Andrew Wood Acting Studio in Los Angeles.. The blog is now located at http://www.andrewwoodla.com/blog. This old location has been left in place as an archive.
(This post is from the blog of the Mother of Invention Acting School in San Francisco (www.utteracting.com): an acting class in San Francisco for serious, motivated students.)
I made it back to hip-hop class today, after too long a hiatus, and it was just what the doctor ordered. It is taught by one Micaya, who has been teaching hip-hop in the Bay Area for 20 years, and choreographing and producing festivals besides. Her class is always a shot in the arm. She is always talking about the fire in the belly. Her hip-hop is not about prancin' around lookin' cute, it's about hurling thunderbolts. And it's great for actors: so many of us carry a lot of habitual tension in our upper bodies, and so it's hard for those impulses that start in the gut (if we're lucky!) to make it up and out. But hip-hop gets you LOW, real LOW, and nobody gets you lower than Micaya. And she breaks it down so well and so clearly. She teaches with precision and fire-- two of my favorite things. You can find her class schedule at www.micaya.com. Check it out!