Omar Yousaf is a dance choreographer whose style can be described as a mix of old school hip hop and more contemporary styles of lyrical hip hop which involve a higher level of expressive variety and movement freedom than the original freestyle street dance styles. Omar started learning hip hop in the late 80's and started performing in the early 90's. Since then, he has incorporated other styles, such as ethnic and contemporary influences, into his choreographies. To see some examples of these, click on the 'Videos' page.
In his classes, Omar builds a foundation in movement vocabulary and hip hop rhythm and groove. Once students feel comfortably in possession of some vocabulary, short combos and choreographies are introduced. Every month, students at all levels are given the opportunity to perform each new choreography in front of the camera, and sometimes in front of a live audience. In advanced classes, richer and busier choreographies are introduced, which contain more expression and narrative. The advanced dancers are also promoted through our networks and videos, which is particularly important for dancers pursuing a professional career.