Toniah Pedersen
Grooves and Choreography

Toniah’s teaching is built around the versatility within the genre of HipHop. Toniah’s style and way of choreographing are inspired by various genres within Afro-American cultural dance styles. Toniah merges the different elements of dance cultures to generate a more free dance language, so students are tasked with freestyling (without the battle element) and generating material for choreographies.

Toniah’s classes will be built around grooves, foundations, and party steps, focusing on the ease and playfulness in dance before the complicated. Toniah uses her own personal approach to build choreographies from her own freestyle language, which she is known for after many years in the industry.

The teaching is built around a good warm-up, after which Toniah will spend time dancing basic steps, foundations, party steps, and the ease of dancing freely. Students are encouraged to copy the instructor without judging their own process and approach to the various dance cultures.

Toniah will emphasize that students have the opportunity to rehearse, learn new things, and dance well through different genres within Afro-American cultural dances with foundations in jazz, Hip Hop, Breaking, etc.

Finally, Toniah will build choreographies and small series from her own freestyle language, which, in addition to challenging the students, should also encourage them to generate series based on Toniah’s methods. Toniah works from sharp lines, grooves, and a natural mix of genres to create space for simplicity.

The classes are held at KU.BE, Dirch Passers Allé 4, 2000 Frederiksberg in studio: Zen 1.

How to get there?
Zen 1 is located on third floor, please use the backstairs to access the studio.
Go in via the main entrance on first floor, keep going straight ahead towards the changing rooms next to the climbing area on the first floor, open the door in the far end and go up the stairs until you arrive on the third floor. Zen 1 is through the door on your right side.

Accessibility requires a little extra preparation. The studios are equipped for wheelchair users. It is possible to use the lift for access up to the 3rd floor. If you wish to use this, please let us know in advance, as the studio you have to go through via the lift is sometimes booked.
We kindly ask you to meet up 15 minutes prior to class, so there is time for “self check in” with your QR code on the ticket.

Only as a member, you can take part in Dansehallerne’s training activities – a year-round program with approximately 5 days of training per week. This is for all professional members no matter background in dance training, and it is possible to drop in✨ International guests can also join training for free for up to 1 month.

Toniah Pedersen, self-taught Danish dancer, choreographer, and instructor. One of the first female Street/Funk dancers in Denmark. Toniah began her career early, working in Los Angeles, New York, and London, first as a dancer and later as a choreographer. From 1999, she returned to Denmark and has since worked as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor in TV, film, theater, with artists, fashion, opera, and dance performances. Toniah’s hallmark as an instructor is her experimental approach to the hip-hop style by merging content and different elements from other dance cultures, inviting students to have space to dance freely. Toniah has created her own distinctive expression through movement, where she, as an instructor and choreographer, spans widely in experience within dance performances, operas, theater, and her own works. As a teacher, she is empathetic, challenging, and willingly shares her own joy for dance.

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Artist

Toniah Pedersen

Title

Grooves and Choreography

Type

Training

Date

5.21–24.2024, 10:00

Duration

2 hours

Venue

Dirch Passers Allé 4, 2000 Frederiksberg

Credits

Foto af Sarah Stenfeldt

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