ALG DANCE: GLOBAL PRESENCE WITH A TRADITION FOR EXCELLENCE
Born in Harlem, New York City, Alfred is a proud and born and bred New Yorker. He showed a natural ability and a love for dance as an infant as hearing any type of music was instant motivation for Alfred to move. Alfred believes there was nothing better than growing up in NYC especially during the birth of Hip Hop. He would spend countless hours dancing and traveling throughout the city to learn new steps and breakdance moves. Dance provided Alfred a form of expression that was uniquely his own.
While traveling via subway through the city Alfred would go to the last subway car and practice all the moves he learned from Soul Train, Hip Hop videos and breakdance battles. At the time he had no idea the influence Hip Hop would have on the world decades later. There was a duality to Alfred’s dance training as he received his formal dance education and training at the world renowned Broadway Dance Center in NYC where he honed his skills as a dancer, performer and teacher.
EVOLUTION AS A TEACHER
Dancing was a passion but becoming a teacher was the prized goal of Alfred. He would arrive at Broadway Dance Center hours before the start of his classes to observe master teachers like Frank Hatchett, Richard Pierlon, Mia Michaels and Germaine Salsberg. Alfred knew if he wanted to be an effective teacher he needed to learn from the best, soaking up their skills and craft as teachers. After he finished taking his classes Alfred would repeat the observation process all over again until the last class concluded for the night. For hours Alfred would observe their classes, his goal was not to analyze choreography but to examine class structure, teacher interaction and student response.
Alfred’s logic to learning how to teach was “why reinvent the wheel when the best wheels in the world are right in front of you.” He took elements from each of their classes and teaching style, merging them to form the product he presents today. Alfred gives these teaching icons complete credit for his success as a teacher.
After moving to Houston for Law school Alfred continued performing and teaching Hip – Hop and Tap across Houston including the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, Texas Tap Ensemble, 24Hour Fitness and The University of Houston. At the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center Alfred was fortunate to be able to continue mastering the craft of teaching by learning from the late great Steven Boyd.
Alfred continued his teaching career during his three-year residency in Asia. While in Hong Kong he taught dance and performed across the country. Truly exciting with high energy, Alfred’s Hip Hop and Tap classes have often been featured in The Houston Chronicle and ABC News. Over the last 20 years Alfred has taught over 40,000 dance and fitness classes across the United States and abroad. Despite the quantity of classes Alfred teaches he continues to provide freshness and newness each time. His students range in age from 3 years of age to 74. Alfred encourages his students to reach their goals of becoming great dancers and better people earning himself the reputation of being a “Teacher’s Teacher”.
CONTACT Alfred directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 917-569-7215
MICHELLE SMITH – DIRECTOR
HOUSTON METROPOLITAN DANCE CENTER
“Initially we commissioned Alfred as a guest Tap choreographer for our youth company. We were so pleased with his relationship with our students the board offered Alfred a permanent position. In a short time we expanded his role to include Tap and Hip Hop instructor for both our youth and adult programming. Alfred also created an all boys Tap class which was offered for the first time in the history of the dance center. The class was highly successful and the boy’s performance was a crowd favorite at the annual concert. Alfred extended his talents again to choreograph for the professional Dance Company and perform as a Tap Soloist on several occasions. Alfred has proved to be more than capable and reliable. Alfred has become a studio favorite, sustaining some of the largest class enrollment. Students thrive on his teaching technique and his explanation of how to properly execute steps instead of simply demonstrating his dance prowess and having students try to copy. Alfred motivates students to be the best they can be, no matter their level or age.”