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Choreographer Jacob Mora brings Urban Elements to the Denver Area

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"The Pink Blue" choreographed by Jacob Mora

My alarm clock rings at exactly 6:02  Monday morning followed by the mad rush out of bed to silence it.  Only this time,  it feels more like a forty year hike across the wilderness and less like a short walk from one side of my room to the other.   This muscular mutiny was brought about by the latest installment of Jacob Mora’s Urban Elements series, taught at Grace Studios in Broomfield on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 – 5:00.  Don’t let my soreness deter you, the class is most definitely worth the aftershock.  You’ll be so focused on dancing,  the extent of your work out won’t even cross your mind.

Jacob Mora, the Denver based choreographer and founder and artistic director of Moraporvida, has spent his summer Sundays teaching the Urban Elements Dance Series. Jacob Mora brings students exposure to various styles of Old School and New School Hip Hop, including Popping, Locking, Breaking, Funk, and even Krumping.  For the professional dancer, versatility is the name of the game; Jacob Mora stresses the importance of becoming well versed in all types of dance, everything from ballet to breaking.  “Let’s go over the details,” he says multiple times during the course the class.  He breaks down each movement enough times to ensure each dancer has a grasp on the ideas and execution.  His dissection of movement, however, is not so slow that the dancer ever has time to feel bored or untalented.  The casual dancer, the social dancer, and the one who dances in the car are welcome, as well.   “You want to dance! I want dancers!” Mora says after class one evening.  It is a learning experience for every type of dancer. The room is filled with smiles, laughter, and personal victories and the dancers struggle and succeed together.

Denver does not have the extensive hip hop scene that appears in cities on the East and West Coasts,  making the Urban Elements Dance Series not only a rare find but a valuable one.  Although I will forever remain loyal to a modern or contemporary dance class and I’ve been sore for about five days, I still  find myself counting down the hours until my next Urban Element dance experience.

The Urban Elements Dance Series is taught at Grace Studios 3101 Industrial Lane in Broomfield from 3:30-5:00 and will continue through the month of August.   The price for each class is $10.  For more information email jacob@moraporvida.com.