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How to Become a Hip-Hop Choreographer

Learn how to become a hip-hop choreographer from choreographer Randy Connor in this Howcast dance video.

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My name is Randy R.C. Connor, choreographer to the stars. I've worked with Britney Spears, P. Diddy Combs, Prince, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z. We're gonna just break down some moves, that you can use at the club, at the parties, at home, in your bathroom -- just have fun guys, so let's get started. C'mon!

The first thing, I think, with getting into hip-hop choreography is first and foremost, is to believe in yourself. Then after that, I would say, start working on your materials. Start developing your material. Start working. Start training yourself. You know, just really focus in on you and your ability, your style and your choreography. Then I would suggest that you take classes - you start going into environments where there's other dancers and choreographers who are actively engaged in the business. There's quite a few places, just do your research. Whatever city you're in, just try to surround yourself with, with that type of energy and environment. Stay focused, and just believe in yourself. Keep striving, keep working on your material, and just never stop. Put yourself out there, and, you know, if there's any local artists in town, you know, sometimes you gotta do what's called 'promotional gigs'. In my day and time, you know, we did a lot of freebies, you know. It wasn't as competitive as it is now, but if there's an opportunity, just do it. It's not always about the money. Whatever opportunities that there are, whether it's a local artist in your town, and you can start working for them, or putting together stage shows at your local theater, community or community center, whatever - just get involved, that way you're active, you're actively pursuing your dream, and naturally the doors will open.

Then I say look into trying to get your professional pictures and resumes done, and whatever little you can build on your resume, if you're a new starter, just try to build your resume as much as possible. You know, you start out by doing extra work, or whatever, just really expose yourself. 'Cause it's a huge world out there, but everything is done in steps, in stages. You have to - it's protocol, you know. You have to start somewhere. So anybody can do it - I did it, and I came from another country. So, the possibilities are endless. You just have to believe in yourself.

There are quite a few agencies that deal with dancers and choreographers. Most choreographers were dancers first, because they have to establish themselves as choreographers. So even if you believe that you are a choreographer and that's what you want to do, you might still - if you are starting in the business, you know, you still want to market yourself as a dancer slash choreographer, because you want to be open and be available for dancer jobs, and projects, like, you know, where you can dance and perform on stage. That would lead to a choreoraphy job. So there's tons of dance agencies in New York, L.A. Most of the major cities now have agencies that represent dancers, so you can just kind of look up, you know, talent agencies, there's backstage online. And there's a couple agencies - there's McDonald Selznick Associates, there's the Block Agency, there's Clear Talent Agency, there's CSD. So there's quite a few agencies that represent dancers and choreographers, so no matter where you're from, you can reach out, send your postcards, send your pictures, but always remember that you have to have a professional package. It's a basic headshot, professionally done and a resume, even if your resume has nothing on it but your e-mail and your phone number and, you know, ""I'm training"". That's good enough.

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