Dance Classes at DEA Music & Art!

Hip Hop OR Contemporary Dance!

All of our students will build their skills towards the end of the year concert. 


Learn hip hop in the city that birthed it! The history, form and philosophy will be front and center in class! 

Learn the footwork of original hip hop dance form, Break Dancing (also known as Breaking, B-Girling and B-Boying). 

Students will be conditioned and  build on moves as we go, layering on complexity and history at the same time.


Contemporary Dance is about freedom of movement and thought, the joy of living and exploring within your body, and the opportunity to delve into a non-violent martial art.

An important part of the contemporary class will be occasional Viewing History days, where we will explore through video and discussion the history, techniques and important current figures of Contemporary Dance, as well as the dance history that has led us to this point. 

Meet The Instructor 

Thomas Welsh-Huggins comes from Columbus, Ohio, and began his artistic career by running about, reading books and climbing trees. He studied at the Columbus Dance Theatre and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance before moving to NYC in 2017 to pursue a career in the Arts.

He is now a multi-media performing artist and teacher living in Brooklyn, NY, along with his partner Britney and their cat, Kit Kat. He has created evening length works of his own, as well as collaborated with the Barkin-Selissen Project, Brian Sanders’ Junk, Matty Davis, RoseAnne Spradlin and Liz Gerring, to name a few. He has been in the New York Times three times, working with Spradlin and Gerring. His current work has brought his focus to teaching young students to live bravely through dance history, dance philosophy, and dance movement. 

Piano teachers at DEA music and art are professional, fun and knowledgeable. All of our teachers are masters in their craft! DEA has multiple programs, performances and events year-round to keep kids busy and engaged.

DEA has always taken the cleanliness of our studios and learning environments very seriously. We disinfect our instruments after each class and students are asked to wash their hands before each class starts!

We’ve recently launched our lessons with students online and have had great success! We’re alternating lessons at home, and lessons in studio week-by-week.


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