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    Brian Green

    Brian Green

    Hip Hop


    Brian Green a.k.a. "Footwork," is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer, who began dancing at eight years old. He studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and African from Phil Black, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Joffrey Ballet.

    In 1978-80, while he studied the dance styles mentioned above, he also started to see dances around the church he went to with his family in Harlem. His mom did some of these of these dances, which included hustle, salsa and African dance. His older brother did b-boying and electric boogie. Electric boogie was New York's innovative dance that mixed and was inspired by genres from California's crazes at the time known as Locking and Popping. Brian choose Electric Boogie (Popping). Wanting to learn more, he went to the New York City underground scene between 1983-84. By the end of 1984, Brian understood and was a part of the Hip-Hop/club culture.

    1984-1986, he found the Freestyle/Loft and Club/House culture in Roseland, 4Ds, Paradise Garage, Tunnel, and other clubs in New York. In 1986, he ran into two people: Damien and Mike, who started him on his journey in Clubbing ( a.k.a. "House Dance"), in 1987 a man named Spanky and a man named Story became full inspirations for him to be immersed into the House culture/dancing. These and so many other dance inspirations in the clubs of New York eventually spawned a unique and very fast footwork style in Brian that he has become known for around the underground scene of New York and abroad.

    Brian has choreographed for and danced with artists such as Mariah Carey, Mya, Foxy Brown, Missy Elliott, Salt n' Pepa, Busta Rhymes, Barbara Tucker, EVE, Kraze, MAW (Masters at Work), and many more. In the last 10 years, his teaching has focused on the history of dances in the Funk, Hip-Hop, and House culture, which he has spread through the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa. Currently, Brian’s new company, WORLD SOUL, has focused on showing audiences the passion, history, and techniques that are in various dance styles. He is the 2001 American Choreographer Awards recipient for Best Hip-Hop Choreography in a Music Video for his choreography in the video called "FREE," by artist Mya.

    Also choreographed a NIKE ROCKSTAR HOUSE for instructors. Trailer on YouTube.

    He is one of the major contributors to the spread of house hip-hop around the world since 1992; having international people seek him in the USA. Also is the reason got the re- surging interest in the dance styles WHACKING/PUNKING.

    Due to popular demand he has created ONLINE DANCE CLASSES in House dance and isolations/grooves to get students prepared for his classes in person.

    brianfootworkgreen.com ( and read other important information on that site.....all about awareness to EVOLVE).

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