Hip Hop Workshop with Miguel Nosibor

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Soft-spoken and unassuming, Miguel Nosibor – devoted husband and father of two teenage sons, doesn’t seem like your typical hip hop dancer. However, the 45 year old who hails from Aubagne near Marseilles has been dancing since the age of 14 and belongs to the first generation of French hip hop performers, and his skill and dedication to his art become evident the moment he begins to move.

Participants of the workshop

The free hip hop dance workshop he conducted on 4th May, saw a total of 30 participants, many of whom were dancers. Some of them were hip hop dancers, but regardless of their discipline or level of experience, the workshop was enjoyed immensely by all who attended.
The session began on schedule as the students were all in place at the dance studio well in time. Miguel began with a brief introduction of himself. He then went on to demonstrate some basic movements, which he then taught the audience. Overall, the workshop was a resounding success, and Miguel was more than happy to give a short interview after it was over.

With the evolution of every dance movement, are you happy or unhappy about the changes in hip hop, for instance it is very different from what it used to be in the 80s in France?
No I am very happy with the way it has changed. I believe that progress in everything is important. It has been a very interesting path for me. We should not be scared of change, if we are scared of change, it means that we are scared to grow up. But having said that, it is also important to remain in touch with one’s roots. The same applies in classical Indian dance too, though it has gone through tremendous changes, it is essential not to lose its origin/its foundation.

When did you decide you wanted to be a hip-hop dancer? Apart from hip-hop, what are the other dance forms youre trained in?
I have been dancing since the age of 14. I have done a LOT of hip-hop. I have trained myself for more than 25 years to get to where I am today. Hip-hop is a way of life. I never had to make any decisions. It was a path that seemed natural. I also practice Kunfu, taichi, karate, Brazilian dance movements and classical dance. I trained formally in contemporary and classical dance forms, but I did not get into a formal classical dance school because I did not wish to graduate as a classical dancer. However I did acquire useful techniques from the classical forms. I went to a choreography school in Paris (….) where I did a pedagogical course on choreography and techniques of teaching dance. I now conduct courses to train future dance teachers.

Hip Hop workshop

What did you think of the dancers at the workshop today? And do you have any advice for the younger generation dancers?
They were an energetic lot. They have many possibilities ahead of them – to think, to invent and to transform. They have the power to change the ‘code’. Like I mentioned earlier, they should not be afraid to grow but they have to be trained. They need to acquire a strong foundation. They should continue to learn and at the same time enjoy dancing.

Are there many Hip-hop dance schools in France? Do you run a dance school?
There are not many dance schools for Hip-Hop in France, but there are many courses held everywhere across the country. I have a school of my own in Aubagne in the south of France where I train people of all age groups – from little kids to adults. There are 3 different levels – beginners, intermediate and advanced.

What do you think of Bollywood dancing?
I LOVE Bollywood. It is full of energy, they are full of smiles and the movements are very precise and well planned. It is a joyous dance. When I zap channels in my hotel room, I observe that they are usually love stories with a lot of drama and fights. When things settle down and everyone is happy, they sing and dance.

Do you know any of the Indian films or Indian actors?
No, not at all. But I would definitely like to discover them, I am very curious.

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