Bill Brown

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Jazz Dance

Tuesday 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Saturday 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM

I attempt to create a supportive atmosphere in my jazz class– fun takes priority when I teach. I say, "fun first, discipline second." In fact, I admit that I am a playful instructor and strive for a collective good mood during my class. My goal is to see every student walk away with a big grin when the session has ended.

Jazz class consists of an energetic standing warm-up followed by plies (which interprets into a slow, lyrical dance), then stretching and strengthening while lying on the floor. Very upbeat music is played at this time. The entire warm-up is approximately one half of an hour.

Next, we do progressions of steps in lines across the floor. These include practicing turns and kicks. These steps are included in a jazz dance combination that changes weekly. If you are a beginner, I give simpler steps in the choreography while others may be given more turns.

To keep things fresh, I offer a new combination each week (starts on Tuesdays) that may vary from lyrical jazz to funk to Broadway to 3/4 (waltz-time) to blues, Latin and modern jazz.  That way newcomers are never behind on learning any given combination. Even if it is the second class of a new combination, I take time explaining the movement so that every student can learn. Then there are Fridays when I repeat the prior week's combination for those who want to perfect the dance. Student Debbie L calls this day "Refinement Fridays!"

Body Blast

Thursday 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

This aerobics/dance class averages 5400 steps (of various kinds) within an hour's time. Now that's working your buns off! During this period I take participants on a ride of fast moving, easy-to-follow jazz, salsa and funk steps. The music I play is as diverse as the choreography itself. Whether it be blues, Motown, jazz, Latin, world,or pop, I often notice someone in the studio is singing along (an encouraged enhancement to the hour). All divas welcome! Ha!

Believe it or not, sometimes you may even experience a Mozart piece on the sound system (I sometimes use this genre of music during a brief balancing section of class immediately following the aerobics).

Body Blast w/ Stretch

Tuesday 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

From zero to 60, and back again in one hour! This class runs the gamut of movement. In the first half-hour we begin with a thorough warm up with focus on upper and lower back, then launch into an intense cardio section that includes varied dance steps from the cha cha to the twist, and from the Charleston to hip-hop, and many other moves in between. Hearts will beat fast and spirits will soar. Following this section we transition to a cool down that incorporates balancing techniques and barre work. From here we head to floor to tighten abdominals with intensity. Still on the floor, we segue into varied stretches where I apply techniques that allow participants to release more tension in the lower back. The last few class minutes are dedicated to meditative relaxation. I suggest mind techniques that allow your muscles to totally release with relaxed breath.

Body Blast 2

Saturday 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

BodyBlast 2 has it all--stretching, cardiovascular strengthening, balance and more. I call the class well-rounded so for now let's just say BodyBlast 2 is a total fitness experience.

I begin the class with slow stretching at the barre, then take our warmed bodies onto the center floor where we begin to move to upbeat music. This segment of class lasts approximately 35 minutes. All right, so there may be a few dance steps, but I repeat them so much that eventually all who participate do catch on. Then voila! The experience is enhanced tenfold– we laugh, we move, we sweat.

After this, I play slower music and we spend the next section balancing. So sometimes the moment of perfection may be fleeting– not to worry. Practice makes better– then we make a great discovery– our center of gravity. Even you might catch a glimpse in the mirrors and ask yourself "Is that really me, or some exquisite ballet dancer I saw on a stage once upon a time?"

 

Bill Brown, “the Bionic Man”

Believe it or not, lately people have been calling me the “bionic man.” Here’s the simple reason: I have non-human parts! It all started in June of 2016. I was teaching a jazz class and had to excuse myself from the dance floor, as I felt dizzy. Immediately I exited the studio, sat down and passed out (for the first time in my life). When I came-to, a couple minutes later I could not catch my breath or get my eyes to focus on all my students who were surrounding me. Soon the EMT guys arrived and informed me that my pulse was racing at 235 beats per minute, a condition known as ventricle tachycardia. Racing blood does not collect oxygen so you just faint or say stupid things. I did both. Luckily at the emergency room, the team got me back to normal heart rhythm and I could once again breathe with ease. To prevent future episodes, I now have an implanted defibrillator/pacemaker with a wire that zaps my heart back to a lovely rhythm, if needed. And in fact, 8 months later I received a “charge” during a jazz dance class. “Ooh, wow” I said, then promptly –and publically -- thanked modern science and went on with my day.

Other bionic parts: June 26, 2017 I had a total knee replacement. Yep, now there’s no cartilage, no meniscus, just a metal and plastic knee cemented into my leg bones. Again, I thank modern science. I am now back to doing double pirouettes. Feels good!  

BILL'S BACK STORY OF DANCE: As a last resort to rehabilitate chronic lower back pain, Bill Brown started taking ballet classes in 1976. Although he loved the discipline and the art of ballet, his interest became more piqued by what was happening in the adjacent studio--jazz dance

The lure of the music and slick choreography caused Bill to take on a split major, if you will. Jazz dancing became his passion, and ballet his discipline. From that point on he set forth to sample classes throughout the Los Angels area. His mentors include Joe Tremaine, Sally Whalen, Sarah Reed Tayir, Christine Verse, Vince Patterson and Fred Walton.

After thousands of pirouettes and becoming intimate friends with Terrance Curtis (his favorite jazz instructor), the two set forth to open their own studio. Studio A Dance successfully debuted in 1982. At that time, Bill began teaching aerobics in their Los Feliz studio (now in Silver Lake), and soon after he led jazz dance classes, and continues today. Although Terrance passes away in 2003, Bill keeps the tradition of dance alive at Hyperion Arts!

In addition to jazz, cardio, and stretch, from time to time Bill teaches beginning ballet classes. He has also led movement classes in halfway house for recovering addicts, and has hired himself out as a private trainer. Bill performed in the review "Earl Carrol Revisited" at the Variety Arts Center, a rock musical entitled "Cosmic Sands," he choreographed a piece presented on the Orpheum Theater stage, strutted down runways in fashion shows and appeared yearly with Studio A Dance's resident company Cumulus, and then in DanceSpot. Bill has volunteered as choreographer for the local high school musical theatre productions. Bill now produces DanceSpot, a theater venue at Studio A Dance open to local choreographers.

But teaching takes top billing. The supportive instructor allows his students to find pleasure with dance rather than perfection. By keeping the atmosphere positive and by sharing his joy for dance, Bill motivates students to the point of surprising themselves and excelling far beyond preconceived expectations.

 

rates: DANCE CARDS

1 class       $17                   

5 classes    $78     (90 day)

10 classes     $138   (120 day)  

15 classes     $178(6 month)

Dance unlimited monthly $138

BODYBLAST CARDS

1 class         $14

6 classes      $74    (90 day)

12 classes    $134   (120 day)

24 classes    $194   (6 month)

30 Day - unlimited monthly $132

12 classes blast with dance$142

We take cash, check or paypal (hyperionarts@aol.com). No Credit card please.