Breakin' Toprocks 101 - The Complete Beginner’s Course
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Breakin' Toprocks 101 - The Complete Beginner’s Course

Gain confidence in your dance skills by learning and mastering the Fundamental Toprock steps used in Breakin'
4.9 (4 ratings)
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Created by Darren Wong
Last updated 6/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Perform and execute fundamental Toprock steps to music
  • Perform steps on beat/on rhythm
  • Create basic combinations utilizing fundamental Toprock steps
  • Confidently freestyle utilizing fundamental Toprock movements
  • Warm up properly for dance/athletic movement
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Requirements
  • No previous dance experience needed
  • Space to practice and train in
  • Determination to train and get better everyday (sorry there is no shortcut to mastering dance)
Description

Hi! I’m Darren from NBC's World of Dance crew the Kinjaz and I will be your online dance teacher. 

Not to long ago I was a shy introverted kid, who you would probably not even notice was in the room, who didn’t know how to dance… but flash forward to today, I am now dancing, performing, and teaching for hundreds, of thousands of people around the world. I have had the great fortune to dance, train, and perform with some amazing dance companies such as the Kinjaz, Culture Shock Los Angeles, and Kaba Modern and it is my goal to spread all of the knowledge and experience I have uncovered through my 13 years in the Hip Hop industry to new dancers searching to get started[...]

New Dancer Question

The question I get asked the most by new dancers is how do i get better. My immediate answer is, you need to figure out how to be comfortable dancing in front of people or you won’t keep pursuing dance and therefore never get better. Every great dancer knows that to become comfortable dancing in front of people hinges on these 3 things:[...]

  • First is the knowledge of basic fundamental steps and how to execute them with good technique...
  • Second is your ability to understand basic rhythm in music and how to move on beat to it…
  • And finally the amount of confidence you have in YOURSELF to get out there and show off what you got

So with this in mind… Logic would tell us that the greater knowledge you have of basic techniques, and the greater understanding you have of music, and the greater confidence you have…The greater dancer you will be… and there in lies the problem because most of the dance classes you have taken (or thought about taking) actually skip over this stuff making it difficult for you to build the confidence you need to become better.

The All To Common Class Reality

Think about it…Have you ever been in a class struggling to learn a move they are teaching while self consciously feeling embarrassed thinking that everyone is seeing you struggle. Maybe somehow you managed to copy a move but just can’t put your finger on why you don’t look the same as the instructor and when the music comes on you feel like everyone else knows some secret code to stay on beat and somehow you are left out. This is unfortunately an all to common reality for new dancers. The reason this happens is because most classes fail to break down basic movements to it’s simplest form in order for you to understand them. This could be because…

  1. The skill level of dancers is different in most classes…
  2. There are too many people in the class for the instructor to really focus on you…
  3. Sadly some amazing dancers just don’t know how to teach which leaves you both lost and confused as to why you don’t look like them

You can agree that this is not how you are going to get better. You need someone who can patiently breakdown a move to it’s simplest core so you can understand it no matter how long it takes. Someone who can help you understand the music and get you on beat. Someone who teaches you the basics and then gradually guides you to more advanced movements. I want to be that person for you and I have great news…

I have created a course that will do all of this for you. Better yet, when you enroll in this course, I will be able to improve your dancing whenever and wherever you want online.

Why Take An Online Course

Now, you might be thinking why would you take a course online to learn how to dance? Well I’m glad you asked. The reason why I created an online course is because quite frankly, you and I can agree that sometimes there just are not any dance studios, classes, or instructors near you who provide the type of dance training you need to get better. Sure, you can travel far and wide to find the classes and teachers you need. They are out there, but this becomes very expensive and time consuming

Sure…You could turn to other online tutorials that you can find on YouTube. However, everyone has seen those tutorials that

  • Are likely in no logical order for you to progress from basic to more advance movements (Sorry, you can’t run before you know how to walk)
  • Don’t break the move down simply enough for you to understand it
  • Never show you how to execute the move to music
  • Teach the move incorrectly leading you to practice bad technique and risk getting injured (and worse waste your time)

Sadly, There is no way I could physically reach everyone who needs this course in person and to be honest it would cost a HUGE amount of money to take the amount of private lessons needed with me to learn all of the advanced strategies, tips and techniques I show you in this course. That is why I have created this online course to allow people from around the world access to an experienced teacher who wants to help them every step of the way.

The Benefits Of An Online Course

So how will you learn and benefit from the course being online? I created a structured course curriculum that will guide you by the hand through basic fundamental movements in a progressive order (basic to advanced movements) just as if we were having a private, one on one lesson together. Everyone knows that it is difficult to learn anything when you are first introduced to it. The beauty of having this course is that 

  • You can can learn and master movements at your own pace by returning to any movement lesson as many times as you need
  • You can pick up on the small but important details you probably would have missed in a class by being able to skip around each lesson
  • You can truly dance like no one is watching you since you can access the course whenever and wherever you want

Every dancer knows that it is easier to dance when no one is there. You can feel stress free learning new moves and build up your confidence to show others whenever you are ready to from the comfort of your home

That’s why you need my course. The amount of information that I have gathered and will teach you, will save you all that time, money and wasted effort you will spend trying to learn from someone who is not qualified or doesn’t understand how to teach you.

Let Me Show You What You Are Getting

Over the past 13 years I have cultivated the knowledge and experience teaching dancers of all different kinds of backgrounds and skill levels how to dance. I’ve documented what teaching methods work and what methods are just flat out ineffective and created a simple, easy to follow course curriculum that you can easily learn from and apply immediately to your dancing

The first section of the course will take you through my personal head to toe warm up. Now…I know that doesn’t seem exciting but this is a very important thing that most dance classes, let alone dancers in general miss or rush through. Everyone knows that once you injure yourself, you will be unable to do anything until you recover, which means the longer it will take for you to get better. You and I both can agree that we want to make you better as fast as possible. By doing this warm up, you will ensure that your joints and muscles are ready and primed for your training, which means less chance of you getting injured and being able to continue your training without any delays and advance quicker.

The next section is the “Advanced Concepts and Strategies”. In this section you will learn concepts and strategies I wish someone told me when I got started dancing. This section alone will give you the upper hand on over 90% of new dancers. Concepts such as using levels and how to position your body will allow you to make one move look like multiple moves that are customized to your liking. The concepts and strategies shared in this section will double, even triple the amount of moves you will be able to execute in your dancing.

The next section is the “Toprock Fundamental Steps”. This is where you will learn and be guided through every detail on how to execute a move with perfect technique. On top of that, I will show you how the move is done with music at 3 different tempos which means you will be ready for all types of different music regardless of the speed. As an extra bonus, I have provided a number of Drills and Combos in between new movement lessons so you can feel completely confident utilizing each move before taking on the next, more advanced move. Finally, I give you a blueprint on how to combine all of your new moves that you have mastered into a plug and play template to get you started right away.

The final section is the "Entrance Toprocks". This is where you will learn steps you can use to enter the circle or dance floor to gain attention and create some space before you show off your new Toprock steps you learned from the previous section. Not only will you learn new steps to command attention, I also show you how to combine an entrance step with a Toprock step so you can easily transition and make your movements look smooth and cohesive.

Start Improving Right Now

For a one on one private training session that provides you with over 4 hours of concepts, strategies and technique shown in this course, not including the extra hours you gain by being able to rewatch the course as many times as you want, I would normally charge a minimum of $400 (and that’s if we could even get through all this great information in 4 one hour sessions)

But today, I’d like to give you the course for $50 just for taking a look at my brand new course. 

That’s right, I am offering to show you the path to reaching your Breakin' goals quickly, safely, and efficiently by providing you new movements, drills, exercises and warm ups to get you to your goal faster for what it would cost you to take one 30min private session with me.

This course is offered at this price for a limited time only. As I continue to update the course and add more lessons, I will have no choice but to start charging for the course. This course is already priced far below what it is worth, so enroll in the course now and receive the added benefit of having access to all future lessons without having to pay an extra penny. 

Naturally, I’m sure you have some hesitation. I know when I buy stuff, especially something from the web where I can’t see it, feel it, or toy with it, I feel like I am taking a bit of a risk. So here is my guarantee to you. Enroll in this course risk free and If within 30 days of your enrollment you don’t agree that this course is helping you become a better dancer by learning correct technique and execution of movements to music and advanced concepts and strategies then Udemy offers a full refund of your purchase price.

Here’s the deal: This is a killer bargain. What you get in this course is worth literally hundreds of dollars not just in lesson fees but in all the extra cash you will save by not needing to travel to some class that is getting you no where. The price of this course will only continue to increase once more lessons are added so when you enroll now for $50 you will have lifetime access to the course and all of the future lessons when they are added and not have to pay a cent more. Plus you do all of this risk free because you are covered by a 30 day full refund if you don’t like the course. I am in the position to help you at this point. If you read this far here’s what you need to do for me to actually help you make this real in your life.

Here’s what you need to do now: First i want you to grab your wallet and enroll in this course (remember you are under no obligation to keep this and if you want a refund within the first 30 days of enrolling for any reason at all you will get it immediately and we will still be friends). Here’s what’s going to happen next. You will have instant access to the course and I want you to browse through the entire course and decide if this is for you (which I know it will be or else I wouldn’t have wasted your time and made you read this far) to prove to yourself that you have made the right decision because I know what it’s like to be in a position wondering what’s going to happen. Then… enjoy the course and feel free to ask me any questions along the way. See you inside.

-Darren

P.s. As you know, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. Is that what you are doing? Aren’t you tired of waiting to learn how to break? Tired of practicing and getting no where? I want to help you out but you need to take action. Enroll in the course now.

 

P.p.s. Remember, I have spent 13 years teaching, correcting, and guiding hundreds of dancers of all skill levels how to master their movements. I am offering to show you the path to reaching your Breakin' goals quickly, safely, and efficiently by providing you new movements, drills, exercises and warm ups to get you to your goal faster for the price of one 30min private lesson. On top of that, you can’t possibly lose because of Udemy’s 30 day money back guarantee so what are you waiting for. Enroll in the course now before the price increases


Who is the target audience?
  • Students of all ages
  • Students who are new to breakdance/dance in general
  • Students who are hungry to grow
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
04:16:47
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*BONUS* THANK YOU GIFT
1 Lecture 00:11
RECEIVE YOUR THANK YOU GIFT
00:11
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Welcome To The Course!
1 Lecture 00:41

Welcome to the course! I just want to personally thank you for enrolling in the course and congratulate you on taking a giant step to becoming a better dancerThere are a few things I want you to check out before you jump into the course...

  1. Check out the "Q&A" tab to see what questions have been asked and answered by me or if you have a personal question be sure to ask it here
  2. Check in from time to time at the "Announcement" tab to receive any updates or news I may have for you there
  3. If you have any questions at all throughout the course and would rather send me a personal message, be sure to do that and I will get back to you ASAP

Other then that...

Enjoy the course!

-Darren




Preview 00:41
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Warm Up
9 Lectures 31:26

Use this reference guide to quickly see what exercises to do to properly warm up before each training session you do

Warm Up Reference Guide
00:05

Perform each exercise for a minimum of 5-10 repetitions on both sides/directions

  1. Look up and down
  2. Tilt side to side
  3. Head rotations
  4. Figure 8's
  5. Forward and back
  6. Side to side
  7. Head circles
Neck
03:54

Perform each exercise for a minimum of 5-10 repetitions on both sides/directions

  1. Back stroke
  2. Front stroke
  3. Cross body
  4. Figure 8's
  5. Above head rotations
  6. Side rotations
  7. Alternating hugs
Shoulders
04:35

Perform each exercise for a minimum of 5-10 repetitions on both sides/directions

  1. Elbow rotations
  2. Hands together series
  3. On all 4's
Elbows
02:34

Perform each exercise for a minimum of 5-10 repetitions on both sides/directions

  1. Twist
  2. Side to side
  3. Forward and back
  4. Circles
Back
03:03

Perform each exercise for a minimum of 5-10 repetitions on both sides/directions

  1. Outward rotations
  2. Inward rotations
  3. Lateral raise
  4. Forward and back
  5. On all 4's
  6. Hip opener
  7. Squats
Preview 04:17

Perform each exercise for a minimum of 5-10 repetitions on both sides/directions

  1. Forward and back
  2. In and out
  3. Rotations
  4. Both knees circles
Knees
02:53

Perform each exercise for a minimum of 5-10 repetitions on both sides/directions

  1. Circles
  2. Figure 8's
  3. Up and down
  4. Down side to side
  5. Up side to side
  6. Hands together circles
  7. Fingers forward
  8. Fingers side
  9. Fingers back
  10. Palms up
  11. Pulses
Wrists
05:05

Perform each exercise for a minimum of 5-10 repetitions on both sides/directions

  1. Up and down
  2. Side to side
  3. Circles
  4. Figure 8's
  5. Outside foot lean
  6. Inside foot lean
  7. Heel lean
  8. Toe lean
  9. Outside foot walk
  10. Inside foot walk
  11. Heel Walk
  12. Toe walk
Ankles
05:00
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Advanced Concepts and Strategies
5 Lectures 15:03

Use this reference guide to quickly see what advanced concepts and strategies to keep in mind while you are training

Advanced Concepts and Strategies Reference Guide
00:05

Weight Distribution

Whenever we step out in a given direction make sure to transfer your weight from one leg to the other. It should feel as if you are walking in a given direction versus just tapping your foot in a given direction.

  • Don’t “test” the water, “dive” into the water
  • Use your heels and toes to plant and push off the ground
  • For the most part your weight will be evenly or close to evenly split between your right and left leg
Weight Distrubution
06:02

The Groove 

We will be performing an “Up” Groove when we start to master our new movements. Just keep in mind 

  • *Lean back* on the whole counts (1, 2, 3, 4… etc.) and *Reset* on the “and” counts
  • Relax your knees to give a natural bounce
  • Use your upper torso to lean back to make the Groove bigger
  • Feel free to move side to side
  • Relax your neck and shoulders so you don’t look stiff
The Groove
06:49

What to Do With Your Arms

For the most part you should feel free to do whatever with your arms. Just make sure you do SOMETHING. For the purposes of making the lessons in Section 3 easier we ill give set arms

  • Bring your arms in or close to your body on the ODD counts
  • Expand and bring your arms out on the EVEN counts
  • Make sure you relax your shoulders
  • Have “air” underneath your armpit so your arm movement looks bigger
What To Do With Your Arms
00:52

Body Positions

The way you position your body will have a big effect on the way a movement looks. This is how you can add style to the movements that you will learn in Section 3. Also, this will make it appear that you know a larger amount of movements then you technically do.

  • Angle your shoulders/chest
  • Create different levels
  • Lean in different directions
Body Positions
01:15
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Fundamental Toprocks
22 Lectures 02:51:16

Use this reference guide to keep track of what movements you have learned, become comfortable with, and mastered

Fundamental Toprock Reference Guide
00:04

  • Step out on ODD counts
  • Step together on EVEN counts
Step Touch
05:56

  • "Reset" your body when you pick up your foot
  • "Lean" back when you put your foot down
  • "Cross" arms on ODD counts
  • "Open" arms on EVEN counts
Step Touch w/The Groove & Arms
09:51

  • Step together on ODD counts
  • Step out in given direction on EVEN counts
Touch Step/2 Step
19:16

  • "Reset" your body when you pick up your foot
  • "Lean" back when you put your foot down
  • "Cross" arms on ODD counts
  • "Open" arms on EVEN counts
Touch Step/2 Step w/The Groove & Arms
10:35

First Drill: perform an 8 count in each direction

  1. Front
  2. Back
  3. Side

Second Drill: perform an 8 count in each direction

  1. Front
  2. Front corners
  3. Side
  4. Back corners
  5. Back

Third Drill: step in any direction you want for a total of four 8 counts

Drill #1
08:32

  • Step together on ODD counts
  • Step towards corner on opposite side on the EVEN counts
Touch Crossover
08:27

First Drill:

  1. Front corners - 8 count
  2. Back corners - 8 count
  3. Front and Back corners - 8 count

Second Drill: step in any direction you want for a total of four 8 counts

Preview 04:01

  • "Kick" on all of the ODD counts
  • Place kicking foot down on "and" count
  • Step out in given direction on EVEN counts
  • The leg that is out is the leg that you will "kick" with next
Transition Step #1: Kick and Step
05:27

  • "Kick" on all of the ODD counts
  • Place kicking foot down on "and" count
  • Step out in given direction on EVEN counts
  • The leg that is out is the leg that you will "kick" with next
Transition Step #2: Skip and Step
05:00

  • "Lean" back when you "kick"
  • "Reset" your body when you put your kicking foot down
  • "Lean" back when you step out in given direction
  • "Reset" when you prep your foot to "kick"
  • "Cross" arms on ODD counts
  • "Open" arms on EVEN counts
Transition Step #1 & #2 w/The Groove & Arms
16:30

Double Leg Hop:

  • "Hop" together on the ODD counts
  • Step out in given direction on the EVEN counts
  • The leg that steps out is the leg that will "kick your butt"
  • Your center leg will be the leg that you use to "hop"

Single Leg Hop:

  • "Hop" on one leg on the ODD counts
  • Step out in given direction on the EVEN counts
  • The leg that steps out is the leg that will "kick your butt"
  • The leg that steps out is the leg you will land on
  • Your center leg will be the leg that you use to "hop"
  • Your center leg will become the leg that is in the air


Indian Step (Hopping Variation)
12:00

  • You will perform the "run" on the ODD count and the "and" count
  • The step out in a given direction will be on the EVEN counts
Indian Step (Run Variation)
06:03

  • "Reset" your body when you pick up your foot
  • "Lean" back when you put your foot down in the center and when you step out
  • "Cross" arms on ODD counts
  • "Open" arms on EVEN counts
Indian Step w/The Groove & Arms
07:55

  • Use the "kick and step" or the "skip and step" for this movement
  • Instep of stepping down together onto both feet you will switch feet
  • The foot the "kicks" will be placed down, the center leg will lift up
  • You will step out with the original center leg
  • Twist your hip in the direction of your kicking leg
  • Untwist when you step out to the side
  • The leg that steps out is the leg that you will "kick" with next
Salsa Step
06:42

  • "Lean" back when you "kick"
  • "Reset" your body when you put your kicking foot down and switch feet
  • "Lean" back when you step out to the side
  • "Reset" when you prep your foot to "kick"
  • "Push out" arms on ODD counts
  • "Open" arms on EVEN counts
Salsa Step w/The Groove & Arms
08:42

Combine the Indian step (any variation you prefer) with the Salsa step

  1. Indian step - 8 count
  2. Salsa step - 8 count
  3. Indian step - 8 count
  4. Salsa step - 8 count
COMBO #1
04:54

  • "Kick" on the ODD counts
  • "Twist" on the EVEN counts
  • Hop twice on the leg that you originally kicked with to prep your other leg to kick

Think of this move as 4 separate moves on each side

  1. Kick...
  2. And...
  3. Twist...
  4. And...
Kick and Twist
09:10

  • "Lean" back on the KICK
  • "Reset" your body on the AND
  • "Lean" back on the TWIST
  • "Reset" your body on the AND
  • Switch your arms on the TWIST
Kick and Twist w/The Groove & Arms
10:25

Combine the Indian step (any variation you prefer) with the Kick and Twist

  1. Indian step - 8 count
  2. Kick and Twist - 8 count
  3. Indian step - 8 count
  4. Kick and Twist - 8 count
Preview 04:05

Combine the Salsa step with the Kick and Twist

  1. Salsa step - 8 count
  2. Kick and Twist - 8 count
  3. Salsa step - 8 count
  4. Kick and Twist - 8 count
COMBO #3
04:05

  • Create a two 8 count combination
  • Break down your combo into 4 separate sections
  • Choose between Indian step, Salsa step, Kick and Twist
  • Perform 4 counts of a given step before switching to a different step



Creating Your Own COMBO
03:36
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Entrance Toprocks
7 Lectures 38:09
Walk and Lean
05:35

Slides
05:45

Skips
04:37

Side Kick Out
05:08

Apache
06:18

Grapevine
07:38

Combining Entrance Toprocks w/ Toprocks
03:08
About the Instructor
Darren Wong
4.9 Average rating
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1,647 Students
2 Courses
Providing Educational Breakdance Training and Courses

Darren R. Wong is a member of The Kinjaz from NBC's World of Dance and has been teaching, performing and choreographing in the Hip Hop community for 13 years. He has also been a part of world renowned Hip Hop organizations such as Culture Shock LA and Kaba Modern and spent 4 years on the faculty of the Claire Trevor School School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine as an adjunct lecturer of Breakin'. He has been sharing his experience and knowledge by teaching and training dancers of all skill levels, from college performing arts programs, dance studios and online students from around the world, how to break with the knowledge that he has been fortunate enough to gain.

Darren's goal is to share what dance has given him in his life by providing in person or online dance courses for up and coming dancers who may be intimidated or self conscious to start dancing or do not have access to experienced teachers or a dance studio with classes that interest them around them. His courses allow both new and experienced dancers from all over the world to have access to an experienced teacher who understands the ins and outs of how to breakdown movements to its simplest form, so a student can confidently learn a movement with correct technique, execute them to music and piece them together to create their own combinations whenever and wherever without having to step foot into a studio.

He aspires not only to help those in his local dance community, but also dance communities worldwide who may not have direct access to the techniques and knowledge that was shared with him.