Humans of Dalian #12
English name: “Madman”
Chinese stage name: Xiao Ming
Age: 22 years old
Dancing experience: 8 years
Teaching experience: 4 years
The first time I came in touch with hip-hop dance was when I was in the 8th grade. After graduating middle school, I started to passionately learn hip-hop dance, and since then my dancing skills improved drastically.
During the two years when I was 17 and 18, I entered many dancing competitions and won many of them. I reached a point of my teenage life where I finally found the courage to show off my talents and was actually good at it. However, I started to learn about HIP-HOP culture more thoroughly, and the idea I once had about dancing -to perform only in order to show off my skills- slowly changed. Now, my dancing style becomes clearer and clearer over time, and I started to understand what I actually want.
I still remember when I first started to learn hip-hop dance, I slept in dance studios on Fridays and Saturdays. My monthly pocket money was also spent on competitions and classes taught by dance masters. At that time, I was learning dance movements through online videos, so I would be very excited whenever there was a great dancer willing to teach me in real life.
The development of hip-hop dance in China gets better over time. Today, all kinds of videos, from dancing competition footages to dancing tutorial videos instructed by dancing masters, can be found easily on the internet, and I feel like it’s a big shame if dancers don’t use all those materials as learning sources. There are also more and more parents enrolling their children in hip-hop dance courses -I personally have had several very talented students-, however, they are often too burdened with schoolwork, so they don’t have enough time to practice dancing more seriously.
I’ve have always had this big dream about dancing. I dream that one day, through my hard work, I will be able to represent China in world-class dancing stages. Even though today this dream feels so far away, I believe that if I continue working hard and being determined, it will gradually get closer and closer. 👇👇👇