University of Alberta Open Styles Dance Club

Hip Hop Club at the U of A

The U of A Open Styles Dance club allows students of all dance levels to learn dance styles including choreography and breaking in a safe and supportive community!

We also have a performance team that allows members to learn and experience how a dance team would operate.

Choreography class runs 2 days a week, a beginner class on Wednesdays and our advanced class on Thursdays, which are open to all members. Besides our performance team, our classes are flexible for student life. Members can learn at their own pace with no pressure. We hold 1 or 2 game nights per semester to give an opportunity for members and executives to get to know each other outside of dance and bond. Our club ends with our Year-End Showcase where members perform as a solo or as a group with other members and the performance team showcases.

This semester, breaking, the performance team, and the year-end showcase will not be running due to safety concerns. However, our club is planning for more game nights, more online engagement, and videos on top of our online classes! We hope members can learn a move or two and be a part of a community and learn more about dance culture.

Club Executive


Name Faculty, Year of Study Hometown Joined
Siri Nelson, Co-President Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, 4 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2019
Tiger Bellrose, Co-President Sociology Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada 2018
Georjen Dela Cruz, VP Finance Business, 4 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2018
Vivian Wong, VP Internal Arts, 4 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2017
Elisha Pacificar, Secretary ALES, 2 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2019
Kita Chea, Co-Creative Director Medicine & Dentistry, 4 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2018
Jessica Hilbrecht, Co-Creative Director Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation, 3 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2018
Sudoba, Performance Team Director Arts, 2 2019
Madison Walter, Community Engagement Lead Science, 3 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 2018

Open Styles club together in practice

Club History

The University of Alberta Open Styles Dance was founded in 2016 by students, including Kelly Phan, Jin Lee, Kevin Carreon, and Ramana Vasanthan. They wanted to create a club where new friends could be made and their interest in dance could be shared. Until recently, the club was known as “The University of Alberta Hip Hop Dance Club”, however as a club, we strive to learn and share dance culture and history with new dancers. Open Styles Dance is more representative of the club as we offer elements of hip hop culture, such as breaking, however, we offer styles of dance that are often mislabelled as ‘hip hop’ with their own history and foundation.

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