Hip Hop 101 with Zeus Collins

Zeus Collins has always loved dancing. He was only six years old when his mother started teaching him. It was also her who encouraged him to join different contests. Eventually, growing up, he drew inspiration from Michael Jackson, “Siya talaga ‘yung parang tinitingala ng lahat, halos lahat ng mga dancers.” Another one of his idols is the group Streetboys. So, nothing short of a dream come true when he got to share the stage with Vhong Navarro and Jhong Hilario, “Sobrang saya ko nung nakasama ko sila sa Showtime sumayaw.”

Now, as people try to learn new skills during the community quarantine, Zeus hopes that this three-part tutorial can inspire people to become dancers. He shared his tips on how to prepare and created a whole new Hip Hop choreography that anyone can practice at home!


The warm-up

The only must-haves are comfortable clothes and shoes. It is important not to wear clothes that may restrict your movement. As for the footwear, rubber shoes are the usual. You can also go barefoot but expect blisters.

Once you are properly equipped, you can start with some stretches. Your warm-up does not have to be complicated but it is important that you do not skip this part. Stretching will wake up your body, help your mind focus, and help prevent injuries. The head, neck, arms, and shoulders are some of most used body parts when dancing.


The dance

Now it is time to practice! Zeus’ routine is simple and easy but fun. Even beginners can learn this choreography. If you make mistakes, that is okay because that is the whole point of practicing. Just feel the moves as you learn. Ready a towel to wipe off your sweat and a bottle of water to stay hydrated.


The second half of the choreography is only slightly harder. The important part is feeling yourself and being confident. Aside from practicing the routine, add some facial expressions too! Once you have mastered Zeus’ dance, record your performance and send it to hiphop101withzeus@gmail.com