By Samantha Edwards
If you have ever seen Landen Hunt, Matthew Major and Alec Begay dance, you were likely astonished at the incredible things that the human body can do. Their mesmerizing dance moves look surreal to the audience.
Landen, 19, and Alec, 18, both of Holbrook, and Matthew (22), who is originally from Oregon, are passionate about dance, more specifically animation dancing. This style of dance portrays the moves of an animated character, and incorporates dance concepts such as “ticking,” “glitching,” “botting” and “slow motion.”
Matthew learned most of what he knows from Youtube. He was inspired by the movie Step Up 2, and learned from Marquese Scott’s viral video, Pumped Up Kicks.
Landen also learned from Youtube, as well as his cousin Jayden Turley, but attributes much of his dancing success today to Matthew, who instructed him.
The celebrity dancer Usher inspired Alec, and he has been drawn to music and dancing ever since.
Landen, Matthew and Alec’s dance skills are visually stunning. Landen explains that animation dancing is an “illusion to the eye and mind,” and consists of simple moves that look spectacular to the audience.
In November 2014 the three formed Keep On Movin’, a dance class in which they share their dancing skills with students of all ages. It is clear that they all love to teach. Matthew says that he would love to be a full-time dance instructor because he loves to watch people learn. Alec says that the students “inspire him,” and Landen hopes to become a music therapist one day.
Although their class is relatively new, it has grown significantly and they gain new pupils almost weekly. Their teaching approach is to separate the students into groups and slowly break down the individual moves. They encourage repetition so that the students can master the moves. At the end of the class, they typically have the students try out what they have learned to music.
One of their students, 17-year-old Levi McClellan, noted, “They allow us to learn at our own pace…they take time to teach us correctly.”
The trio hope the dance class will continue to grow so that they can help more kids increase their confidence through dance.
Keep On Movin’, which combines animation, popping and waving, meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at Star Studio in Holbrook. Call (928) 241-3775 or 241-2854 for more details.