Brandon has been teaching Hip-Hop & break dancing for eight years and has had students going into kindergarten all the way to adults who just want to get moving. Growing up with a strong passion for old school Hip Hop culture has lead him to train in popping, locking, waving, house, breaking, and choreography. He always is aiming to enlighten his students on not just the dance moves within Hip-Hop but the culture as well.
Breakdancing Shakespeare - Hartford Stage
Choreographer Showcase - Greater Hartford Arts Academy
Dance Fest - Arts at the Capital Theatre
NCAA Final Four Tournament
Trinity International Hip Hop Festival
Over eight years experience
Central Connecticut State University
30+ studios and schools
The G.R.I.N.D Intensive
MUSIC VIDEOS + TV
“Rearview Mirror” Lamone Andrews
“High Off You” Lamone Andrews
Better CT television show
SMILLOW Closer To Free commercial
Mohegan Sun Casino
The vision goes beyond the dance moves.
in addition to choreographing Brandon can direct and bring an entire vision to life. He has collaborated with multiple artist. By expanding and building on their ideas and he is able to bring them to life on the big screen.
The Midnight Summer Jam video takes its core inspiration from Justin Timberlake’s Man Of The Woods album released on 2/2/2018. The album combines the classic vibe the I’ve come to love from Justin Timberlake with some folk and country twang. Sonically it seemed to be the perfect marriage of something mainstream and a music genre that I never dabble in.
Injecting Hip-Hop into an environment that doesn’t scream Hip-Hop is a theme I like to explore. My goal was to have the choreography, location, and tone of the video come together into an ascetic and vibe that worked cohesively.
Once I figured out what I wanted to film I gave some thought to how it would be filmed. Originally the video was designed to have many cuts and angle changes. Similar to a modern day music video. However, I reworked the idea once I saw This is America by Childish Gambino. The camera was moving through the open warehouse smoothy and the video had very few cuts . I thought to myself I should make my video like that. I knew it would take a ton of planning and organization but it was a challenge I wanted to take on.
Without relying on the ability to hide certain mistakes via cuts in post, I knew I would have to be super organized and plan out the blocking as thoroughly as possible. There was no making it work in post. We either got the shot or we didn’t. I visited the farm a few times to make sure the choreography could move efficiently through the space. Once I had a good understanding of the layout I was able to explain to the dancers how they should move through it. My highest priority was to make the rehearsal process as painless as possible. Experience has shown me that if the rehearsal process is dragged out and people are confused it can really affect your final product and the overall energy of the ensemble.
Overall I had such a good time developing this project. The fact that I was able to work with many of my students and friends to create this is what is most important to me. Bringing ideas like this to life is a skill I want to continue to develop. I cant wait to work with everyone again to make it happen. Now that you know some of the thought process behind it check out the video below! Enjoy.
Brandon has been teaching Hip Hop since 2009. He was 16 when he was given the opportunity to teach his first set of classes. As time passed he discovered that he was not only passionate about dancing, but about teaching.
Since then he has worked with many students of all ages, economic, and cultural backgrounds. He takes great pride seeing his students succeed and grow. Knowing being a role model is hard work, he is willing to put the time in. Currently Brandon teaches at the studios listed below. Find one that is nearest you!
The Numeral Tee pulls inspiration from my biggest passion. Dance. It features gold zippers, a classic jersey patch, and the 4 numbers that dancers know all to well. Shirts are available in S, M, L, & XL. $25.