Bam Martin @ Princeton University

Photo Credit: Little Shao

Originally posted February 5th, 2012 on Intersections

Brian ‘Bam’ Martin of GRV, Mos Wanted Crew, Boxcuttuhz, and The Movement Lifestyle will soon be gracing the Orange Bubble with his presence. This February 17-18, BAC: Dance‘s Boot Camp will feature guest workshops with the man himself.

Now unfortunately, Bam suffered from a knee injury a couple months back and has not been super prolific since. Still, his choreography is hard-hitting and fast. It doesn’t take an expert to see that the guy moves around a lot in his pieces. To help you get to know Bam a little better, I’ve linked a few videos of some of his work from 2011. Check them out after the jump.

The first is a piece set to “Twenties Fifties Hundreds” by Young Jerz that Mos Wanted has been using in their sets. This particular video was shot during the first week of classes at the new Movement Lifestyle dance studio in North Hollywood, CA.

This next video is worth the minute or so of your time. Bam doesn’t just krump, but he brings it to another level. He has all the swag and steeze you’d expect, but notice how articulated his krumping is. You never have to guess what he’s hitting in the music because his musicality is so crisp and clear. Also 0:58 is just ridiculous.

Now, I’ve had the pleasure of taking Bam’s workshops as part of the Mos Wanted Monday series at the Quest Learning Center (home to Quest Crew, ABDC Season 3 Champions) in Artesia, CA and GRV Mid-year Auditions Workshop at Dellos Dance Studio in Walnut, CA. Despite my struggles (see 0:21-0:31 in the video below, left side of the frame) I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed every second of Bam’s classes. His choreography is definitely challenging, but that only makes the breakthroughs and final runs more rewarding. Besides, Bam is a fabulous teacher and just a genuinely great person. I highly encourage anyone who is even slightly interested to go to Bam’s workshop. Especially for those of you who don’t live in Southern California, this is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the industry’s best, right here on campus.

Follow Bam on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel! Make sure you check out the rest of BAC’s workshops, February 10-18! Just go have fun and dance! Check out their dope trailer below!


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