According to Lyall Watson, dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience.
Darren 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 14 years. He has choreographed and played for artists such as Nicki Minaj and Rich Brian. He has also been a part of world-renowned Hip Hop organizations such as Culture Shock LA and Kaba Modern.
He spent four 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’ and currently a faculty member of Glendale Community College teaching Hip Hop Dance. 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 dance with the knowledge that he has been fortunate enough to gain.
In this episode of the Exsellence Mindset, Darren discusses how dance has helped him and the people around him. He talks about the importance of discipline in achieving success in the field.
01:10 – Who Is Darren Wong?
01:58 – the Start of Darren’s Dancing Journey
05:44 – Dancing: a Career for Darren
06:58 – Darren’s Purpose of Teaching
08:14 – On Dancing and Money
11:24 – Darren on Things He Should Not Have Done
13:43 – Darren and the Feeling of Success
15:16 – on Managing Frustrations and Disappointments
19:30 – Darren on How He Manages Client Expectations
21:42 – Teaching the Basics: the Darren Way
23:28 – Darren on Going Back and Work on Fundamentals
25:16 – What Does He Love Doing Most Professionally
26:30 – Darren and His Styles of Dancing
27:25 – Darren and the Things That Drives Him to Work every day
29:25 – Why Darren Is the Best Person to Work With
32:00 – Great Dancers Are Not Always the Best Teachers
34:00 – Darren on Challenges in Opening His Studio
35:01 – How Darren Teaches Culture to the People He Works With
36:31 – Does He Have Any Regrets?
37:11 – The Advantages of Being Trained in Another Discipline
39:22 – Darren After 12-18 Months
40:22 – Asians and Dancing
42:13 – Darren on Plans for the Future
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