B-More Hip Hop with Sayquon Troy “Quon” Keys

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From the Class Archives

 Quon now travels too much to teach a weekly class. But when
he’s in L.A. for a few weeks or
months, he teaches a lot!

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B-More Hip Hop

Taking Class

In B-More Hip Hop, Sayquon Troy "Quon" Keys teaches his dance specialty, Baltimore hip hop, and more. Quon's dynamic East Coast style requires the athleticism to achieve artistry during exertion. His powerful, high-energy choreography is not for the dancer weak in stamina or spirit. But if you're craving big, fast movements, loads of character, and a class that will leave you dripping in a puddle as you cry out for Epsom salts and your momma, B-More Hip Hop can deliver!

B-More stands for Quon's home city of Baltimore, MD, where the sped-up music that inspired the fast footwork of Baltimore dance is played in the clubs. But Quon's class spans genres of hip hop. Here, he says, B-More is all about attitude.

“It’s about the beat. It’s about your energy
and your character.”

"Be more you!" Quon says. "Be more hip hop . . . be all you can be, just be more at it!"

In addition to Baltimore hip hop, Quon might give you a sexy R&B routine, straight-up hard-hitting hip hop, or something hard and gangsta. And this street dancer has recently been working on his technique, so watch out for new stylistic influences coming your way!

B-More Hip Hop is fast, challenging, and upbeat. Class members enjoy Quon's energetic personality! His class has a very positive vibe and a high-energy atmosphere.

Dancers praise Quon's ability to communicate his choreography. He gives clear breakdowns, reviews parts of the dance people aren't getting, and spends time answering questions. On a visit, we noticed the attention he gives his students and how he keeps them on point. Quon was persistent in correcting details even on movements that were big and fast.

Quon was effective in teaching an advanced routine that was almost all musicality, and did so without excessive demonstration. He showed the dance from the top full out only two or three times during class. Instead of having dancers stand around watching for timing, Quon practiced with them thoroughly, saying the rhythm out loud.

"The things he hears are amazing and hard to hear," says Camille McLucas, "but once we get it, 'We got it!'"

A Two-Way Relationship with Music

"For the most part, the music moves me," Quon says. "The music puts me in a certain world, in a certain atmosphere, and that’s where I get my motivation to choreograph."

But Quon is a producer in addition to a choreographer. So he moves the music, too, mixing his own tracks for class. Once a song grabs him, he interacts with what he hears—adding sound effects, for instance, or weaving in part of another song—before he choreographs to it.

When he listened to "Steppin Up" by M.I.A., Quon says, he had an immediate reaction: "All these sounds, all this stuff's going on! Out of this world . . . alien robot."

So he choreographed a dance that was hard-hitting, sexy, and extremely full out, while incorporating an animation-style feel to some of the movements that he called "alien robot."

Quon watches a lot of cartoons, he says, and he's into a lot of technologies. That larger-than-life, animated sensibility can come through in his choreography.

Baltimore Hip Hop

Baltimore hip hop is advanced and not easy to just pick up, Quon says, because it's danced extremely fast and requires a lot of footwork.

"In Baltimore music, we speed up the music," Quon says. "Cause that’s what it’s about, it’s about the speed, it’s about the power . . . that’s what sets it aside from everything else."

You can’t just add some regular 5-6-7-8 choreography to a Baltimore song. And you definitely can't choreograph to the lyrics. Baltimore music is too fast for that, too repetitious.

"It's about the beat," Quon says. "It's about your energy and your character."

Quon started using regular-speed tracks to teach Baltimore hip hop in his class, to help L.A. dancers keep up.

We dare you to holler, "Give me more, sir!" loudly and often enough to change Quon's mind.

About This Class Description

Hip-Hop Dance Guide Los Angeles specializes in information on adult hip-hop classes and dance studios in L.A. In addition to detailed featured class descriptions, we also offer briefer class descriptions. This allows us to add more classes, more quickly.

This class description last reviewed: January 2, 2014.

This class description last updated: January 2, 2014.

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From the Class Archives

 Quon now travels too much to teach a weekly class. But when
he’s in L.A. for a few weeks or
months, he teaches a lot!

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B-More Hip Hop

Class in Brief

Sayquon Troy "Quon" Keys' dynamic East Coast style requires both artistry and athleticism. In B-More Hip Hop, Quon teaches his specialty, Baltimore ("B-More") hip hop—known for its energy and fast footwork—and more.

In this class, B-More is all about attitude: Be more! In addition to Baltimore hip hop, Quon might give you a sexy R&B routine, straight-up hard-hitting hip hop, or something hard and gangsta.

B-More Hip Hop is fast, challenging, and upbeat. Class members enjoy Quon's energetic personality and praise his ability to communicate his choreography, breaking moves down clearly and answering questions.

Quon is also a producer. Before choreographing, he mixes his own tracks!