The Coaches

Conrad Rochester

 

Growing up in New York City’s Artsy Lower East Side during the early 1970’s and 80’s, Conrad Rochester discovered his passion for music and dance. Initially, at the age of 9 with the Hustle, then later as a young teenager, he became involved in the B-Boy Scene.  Self taught and motivated through competition, Conrad’s movements were elevated through local battles and inspiration from Martial Arts films.  He was enticed by the fruition of this form of dance into Breaking and House through the incorporation of more foot and floor work. It was no surprise that at just 17, he was already accepted and known as a member of the Loft and Paradise Garage Movements.

Through his movement, Conrad has continued to mesmerise and entice audiences on so many levels of life. He has had cameo appearances in several dance films including "Wild Style", "Maestro" and the most recent "Check Your Body at the Door." Conrad has also performed and choreographed for various dance companies and artists including Dance Warriors Project, Vissi Dance Company, Louie Vega, Mr. V, Mrs. Patty, The Martinez Brothers , The Legendary House of Ninja,  Niles Ford's dance-umentary "In Search of the Invisible People," and James "Cricket" Coulter's , Astral Kinetic Urban Project.  He is constantly judging and teaching locally and abroad for various annual events such as Meeting Hip Hop Brazil, Chicken and Beer, Guardians of the Dance, Vibrant Flow Escape and his own weekly practice The Loft Practice.  In early 2007, he and his partners launched House Dance International (HDI), the first Urban Dance Festival designed to provide unity and leadership in the global House Dance Community.   A year later he along with a set of new partners established The Funk Box, NYC.  His most recent venture is the Hangtime Party which is a free event for dance expression and community building.  

Conrad is best known for his signature handstands, dives and mesmerizing fluidity.  His teaching style incorporates athleticism and an emphasis on free spirit movements.

 

 

Brahms "Bravo" Lafortune

 

Haitian-born Brahms “Bravo” LaFortune, grew up in Brooklyn. LaFortune blends fast-footwork (“freestyle jazz” he names it) inspired by older styles of bebop (or scat) dancing, and “People just walking down the street – but the bad part of it,” then he finishes with a floor dive.

Self-taught, he studied TV movie re-runs of Fred Astaire, Gene  Kelly, Nicholas Brothers, and Sammy Davis, Jr.  Clubbing by 14 years old, Bravo hit all the mainstream clubs in the late 1970s and early ‘80s  (Studio 54, Bonds International, Melons, Kilimanjaro, The Loft and Paradise Garage among others).  LaFortune is also an architect, music producer and occasional DJ.  He acts as on-site DJ and co-teacher with Archie Burnett at NYC’s Peridance. He has toured worldwide  and has performed at NYC dance venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Joe’s Pub, the Guggenheim Museum, PS122, working with choreographer David Neumann and Doug Elkins. LaFortune was also an actor/dancer in XTRAVAGANZA a 6-month international touring production of theater company, “The Builders Association.”  Most recently he appeared in the documentary "Check yourBody at the Door."

His dance and teaching style is a brilliant mesh of ecclectic and practical.  Often using floor tape, his aim is to not only teach the movement but have students master them with grace and fluidity while always having fun!

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