Traditionally, to learn how to break, you could spend anywhere from $200-$1,200 in studio and private lessons just to get the basics. The problem is most studio instructors are unqualified; they learn a few moves on Youtube, watch some dance movies and decide to start teaching. You end up with a watered down experience that’s a waste of time and money. To really get the basics, you need the right trainer.
My name is Huy and I’ve spent the last 20 years traveling the globe learning from pioneers and innovators in the dance. I’ve used the knowledge to train my crew, win numerous battles and develop a teaching method that works. Thanks to Udemy, my Breakdancing Basics course is now available online. Now it's more convenient to learn and much more affordable. Sign up today. It's your time to own the dance floor!
How The A.B.A. Method Works
A.B.A stands for awareness, breakdown, and application. I developed this method to teach difficult moves to my crew but realized it works equally well for beginners. It's like learning a new language: moves are the vocabulary and combos are like sentences. You start by learning to pronounce words (body awareness). Then, you learn simple conjugation (breakdown). Finally, you use what you've learned in simple sentences (application to music) and repeat in intervals till you have it committed to muscle memory. The course includes both basic and intermediate moves, warm-ups, cool-downs, conditioning exercises, contexts for application (your Bar Mitzvah or office party is just the tip of the iceberg), history, practice mixes, list of videos to study and an invitation to a private community forum to share progress, get mentorship and find local events to attend.
Why I’m Doing This Project
This dance gave me direction in my early teens, introduced me to my wife in my 20s and now, in my 30s, still brings me joy in a way that’s hard to put into words. My intention is to share that happiness with you.
Footwork falls into two categories: circular VS symmetrical
Circular footwork is where the movement flows continuously in a circle and symmetrical footwork is where the movement mirrors itself on both sides. 6-step is your introduction to circular footwork.
This is a variation of the first cross step. You'll find that over time, variations of all these early steps define the majority of your vocabulary.
Huy Pham has been breakdancing for 20 years. He received training from pioneers and innovators in NYC, Miami, LA, SF and Seattle. Huy has been invited to compete, lecture, and host workshops in 18 states and 2 countries including Montreal and Ho Chi Minh City. He has also worked with 100s of kids and adults through Ethos.org, a non-profit in his hometown of Portland, OR that puts dance into underserved communities.
He is largely credited with helping to establish Portland, OR's identity in the global breaking community. Huy co-founded his crew Moon Patrol in 2005 with 4 members. Now with 20 members around the world, the group has inspired countless dancers with a style that is distinctly their own.
Currently Huy is the Executive Director of 11 Dance Co and founder of Dancelive (Udemy meets Netflix for dance).