Kobby | Madison, WI
“After high school I pursued dance as a career. Now I teach, travel, and perform.”
Kobby is quite the dynamic young man. He’s a gentle soul with a calm, soothing voice, but watch out…he flips right into high gear once the music starts pumping.
We met him on the steps of the Memorial Library at UW-Madison. You can often find him there, teaching hip-hop dance to all ages. He has his own unique style, but it’s influenced by “popping” (think the robot dance made famous in the ’70s and ’80s).
Kobby wore his signature purple hat, and worked up a sweat doing an impromptu performance for us.
“Lately I’ve had the opportunity to do gigs, travel and perform. In June I was invited to go to Vegas to represent Wisconsin for a competition. I went with a crew mate and it was a North American qualifier to go to Paris. I didn’t get there, but I made a lot of connections, made new friends and had a great experience. Hip-hop culture here isn’t fully represented, so I’ve been trying to bring it up in a positive way.
“I try to express myself through different styles of dance. I mix hip-hop pop with classical. I took a year of ballet, contemporary, lyrical. What I get from classical dance is structure and balance and strengthening your body so it can withstand anything that comes your way, while street style dance is fully about expression. Maybe one day I’ll make up a name for it. Right now, it’s my blend. I’m calling it freestyle, mix style and open style.”
– Kobby | Madison, WI