An Interview with Hip Hop Pop's Director: Jenny Bater-Sinclair
Updated: Feb 1
Here's episode 4 of our Interviews with professional dancers series. This Episode see's Vic (co-director) interview.. well me! It was Vic's idea to mix things up this episode, and put me in the hot seat. In Vic's words "It'll be nice for our students to get to know Jen a little better and get an insight into the history of Hip Hop Pop".
These monthly interviews are made to inspire Hip Hop Pop members or other young dancers, and share experiences and advice from some of the industries choreographers and performers, and this month that's me! I admit it feels a little strange writing about myself in this post, but I hope the stories I have to share with you you'll find enlightening, funny or informative. NOTE: Apologies in advance for the last 3-4 minutes of the interview, I'm an emotional soul, don't tell anyone lol, but I'm big softie and I'm very passionate about the school and all those involved :)
You can watch the full interview with me further down in this article
Filmed in lockdown 3.0 via Zoom, we chatted about my reasons for taking up dance, how Hip Hop Pop began, my advice for getting the best from dance classes, what my goals are for this year and where I see Hip Hop Pop going next. We covered my funniest moments on stage, my favourite elements of teaching and what advice I'd give my younger self, plus much more.
Watch my full interview right here:
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Here are my favourite interview questions and answers:
Question: What age did you start dancing?
My answer in brief:
Age 5, my next door neighbours come over to play, they showed me a dance routine they'd learnt at a dance class, and I was like 'I wanna do that'! Plus even from a young age I would get serious FOMO (still do)! So at age 5 i started dance classes, oh and tennis lessons too.
Question: What advice would you give your younger self?
My answer in brief:
Do what ever makes YOU happy
Ignore negativity for the sake of negativity - you can do/be who ever you want to be
Question: What do you enjoy most about teaching?
One of my answers in brief:
More than anything, seeing youngsters confidence grow, not just in their dancing but in their general presence
A final note from me...
I'm very proud of what Hip Hop Pop (HHP) has become over the almost 20 years we've been in existence, we're lucky to have such dedicated, lovely and hard working students and in turn supportive parents of students too. I believe the success of HHP is not just down to the hard work put in but down to the values of the dance school remaining solid throughout our time: We are a family, everyone is welcome, all achievements of any size are celebrated and most importantly let's have fun!
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Director - HIP HOP POP