VS Next Generation

“If Hip Hop has the ability to corrupt young minds, it also has the ability to uplift them.”
-KRS One

Versa-Style Next Generation Program

Versa-Style Next Generation Program

Versa-Style Next Generation is a group of highly dedicated young dancers from the Los Angeles area. The program offers the opportunity to participate in a pre-professional Hip Hop dance experience. Students are introduced into the Streetdance community through their engagement in community performances, travel performances, and events such as competitions, festivals, productions, dance intensives and classes in hopes for them to connect to global Hip Hop dance culture. Students receive personalized dance mentorship from VS:PEC Teaching Artists, in addition to Versa-Style Dance Company Principal Dancers.

Program Managers

Ernesto Galaza

Ernesto Galaza

VSNG Manager

Anthony Berry

Anthony Berry

VSNG Assistant Manager

Are you the Next Generation

Are You The Next Generation?

Participation in VSNG happens through a yearly audition process that’s part of a one-week Summer Intensive where students are immersed in the Versa-Style Hip Hop Dance curriculum. However, students who show high levels of dedication and growth at the Friday Dance Classes may be offered the opportunity to join the next generation upon individual evaluation.

Member requirements are as follows:

  • Age range of 15-21
  • Plans to pursue post-secondary education or professional work as a dancer
  • Weekly attendance at the Friday Night Dance Classes
  • Weekly attendance at Sunday and Tuesday rehearsals
  • Participation in Streetdance community events
  • Nominal monthly tuition fee

For more information, please contact the Versa-Style Next Generation Manager, Ernesto Galarza at ernesto@versastylepec.org

Are you the next generation
Teaching Artist Training

Teaching Artist Training

Versa-Style: Performance Education Community mentors a new generation of aspiring Los Angeles-area dancers and ARTivists to become teachers by identifying passionate young individuals from marginalized communities. We offer training and employment opportunities in the arts education field so that they may return to their neighborhoods and schools to teach. In doing so, these developing dance educators function as both instructors and role models within their community.
Brief Versa-Style curriculum overview: We teach the foundations and techniques of Locking, Popping, Breaking, House, Whacking and Hip Hop.

For more information, please contact the Versa-Style Next Program Supervisor, Harry Weston at Harry@versastylepec.org

Additional Services for Versa-Style Next Generation

Applying to College Workshop Program

Applying to College Workshop Program

Versa-Style: Performance Education Community offers personalized guidance to our students to access post-secondary education. VS:PEC pairs prospective college attendees with a facilitator and college mentors assisting students with items such as their personal statements, letters of recommendation, transcript orders, and other supplementary materials such as interviews and auditions. This individualized mentorship helps students who are interested in arts and civic engagement careers choose the appropriate college and major.

For more information, please contact Bianette Linares at bianette@versastylepec.org

Applying to College Workshop Program
Mentorship Program

Mentorship Program

Once in college, the guidance and mentorship continues. Each student is paired with a college undergraduate or graduate who, for the student’s first year of college (and beyond, if necessary) offers guidance and tutoring in any academic subject, time-management or career choices. The relationship of mentor and mentee is one VS:PEC takes very seriously, and chooses its mentors carefully, taking time to match the right mentor with the right mentee, so that the relationship is productive and effective.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Hernandez at cynthia@versastylepec.org

Tuition Grants

Tuition Grants

Tuition Grants, in the form of scholarships, are available for exceptional high school or college-aged students pursuing a path in the arts who are in need of financial assistance. Specifically, we provide scholarship money to support youth who are interested in training, studying or working in the performing arts, arts education or civic engagement fields. We help teens from underserved backgrounds have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, classes, and programs that help them gain a variety of life skills and artistic knowledge.

Tuition Grants
VSPEC Quote

Every child has known God.
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don’t’s,
Not the God whoever does anything weird.
But the God who only knows
Four words.
And he keeps repeating them, saying:
“Come dance with me.”
Come Dance.

-Hafez

VSPEC Quote

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