I don’t talk about this often, only a select few are aware of my low key obsession with Beyonce. When she released ‘Formation’ last month I exploded. It spoke to me on so many levels. This was a Beyonce that I had never heard before. I was thinking to myself, “self, how can this get nay better?”, and then it as if God (or the microphone attached to my Facebook app) because out of nowhere I see a Facebook ad for DivaDance Company offering a four week long Formation dance class.
On the first day of class I rolled up ready like
I was ready! I gave my two left feet a stern talking to beforehand and told them they need to get their act together and get into formation with the rest of my body, and this class. I will not be undermined. They listened…most of the time.
The class size was a decent size, about 15 of us. I don’t know about anyone else but I went into it completely hardcore, despite that not being the tone of the class. My instructor Tiana (who is a total badass) was great!
🎶Okay ladies, now let's get in formation. Prove to me you got some co-or-din-a-tion.🎶 I had such a blast tonight at @divadancehq! My instructor Tiana is awesome! She made the steps seem not so intimidating, which is great for me. My 2 left feet were trying to hold me back but I was keeping up for about 80% of the class! Yay me! 1 week down, 3 more to go! #mommyrandr #divadancecompany #formation #nyc #choreography #danceclass
She let everyone know out the gate there was absolutely no pressure to get the steps 100%, and that we should move in the way that would make us feel most comfortable. These classes are all about channeling out inner Beyonce (or whichever diva you prefer) and having some fun together, this the essence and foundation in which DivaDance Company was built.
So what exactly happens when you take a four week class with DivaDance Company?
Before the start of every class there was a quick 2 minute ice breaker question that allowed for everyone to chat and get to know one another. Questions included asking a classmate what they did for a living and next week we had the challenge of deciding which celebrity closet we would raid. I said Solange. I like her funky style, and that wedding dress!
After our quick warm up we get right into it…
THE FIRST WEEK: We started off with learning about our cues and when to start. We begin dancing after Big Freedia declares “I did not come to play with you heaux! I came to slay, bitch! I like corn breads and collard greens, bitch. Oh yas, you besta believe it.” We immediately start with the shoulder bounce and head nod, its on from there. We end the night learning choreography up to hot sauce in my bag swag. Tiana wasn’t in a rush, which was great. She allowed for questions and redid steps as many times as needed so that everyone was in sync.
SECOND WEEK: We are a little more relaxed and are now moving with a little more ease. We would now learn the moves to the most famous part of the song
Everyone was ready for these steps, its probably the only part of the dance that everyone knew. Tiana let us have fun with it but I saw how quickly she moved on the next stage of the choreography. Well played. We made it all the way up to learning the movement to at when Beyonce talks about how she slays.
THIRD WEEK: This is the week when things get way more technical. If you thought you had it in the bag, nope. Now you’re gonna learn about your mark and how to move in symmetry together. Remember for this to work you you must keep it tight with your arms and legs fully extended. When done correctly you and everyone in class will be in perfect formation.
FINAL WEEK: We spent this time going over everything we had learned from the weeks prior. This is meant that we were tightening up our line formation, which I was still a little wobbly on. But Tiana went over every step and answered tons of questions and worked with those who needed it one on one, which I was grateful for because I cannot stress enough how quickly everything moves in this video. You think its slow when you’re looking at it but when you’re doing it’s a whole nuther ball game.
After the last class I left with my inner Beyonce smiling. Did I become a “master dancer” I set out to become? Uh, no. Not even close, and I’m okay with that. I learned that I shouldn’t be too hard on myself for my lack of dancing and rhythm skills. I need to relax, not over think things and just have a blast living in the moment.
If you would like to take a class at DivaDance click here…and sign up as soon as you can as these classes sell out fast!