ALAN WATSON • HIP-HOP • LOCKING
Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Alan has been dancing since he was 13, when he started popping, waving and gliding. His aspirations and academic aptitude brought him to New York City at the age of 18. During his early years as an undergrad at NYU, he flourished in dance, learning street styles, co-founding E.P.I.C. Motion Dance Company, and landing his first teaching job at 19.
Always a gifted freestyle dancer, Alan continued to study hip hop, popping, and breakin’. His carefree personality and his love of funk music ultimately brought him to locking. Learning under Shock-a-lock, New York's first locker, Alan set his sights on locking battles and competitions across the US and Canada. In 2013, Alan took home the 1-on-1 Locking title at “Compete to the Beat” judged by the creator of locking, Don Campbell.
Alan’s abilities have allowed him to work with Superfly Productions, JetBlue, MTV’s Party for the People, and has performed live on the TODAY Show three times. The first time dancing back-up for Vanilla Ice and the most recent as part of the Guiness World Record for Largest Street Dance. He is a Principal Dancer and Choreographer for PMT Dance Company and has performed in various venues with the company, including Alvin Ailey’s Citigroup Theater.
Alan teaches at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and PMT Dance Studio specializing in teaching beginners. Most recently, he’s launched an online channel to help wedding-goers learn basic steps for their next reception. To learn more, visit his website at EasyWeddingDancing.com
Alan is also the Administrative Coordinator of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has his Masters in Arts Administration from NYU Steinhardt and lives in Brooklyn.
Basic / Beginner Hip-hop
This class focuses on the underlying grooves inherent in hip-hop movement, but conveys his concepts in unique ways tailored for beginning students. Keeping the class fun and light, you can expect a welcoming attitude, relaxed atmosphere, and passion behind his lessons.