This fall, CDS had a chance to catch up with hip hop dancer and jazz dance performer, Melissa Metro.  In this interview, Melissa talks about:

— her take on the current state of hip hop in Chicago
— foundational hip hop and the 5 elements of hip hop
— getting paid as a dancer

Hear Melissa’s interview here:


Follow Melissa Metro at and Facebook  for updates on her hip hop classes and workshops in Chicago.  See her perform Nov. 21, 2015 with Joel Hall Dancers  in “Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn” at the Auditorium Theater.   Buy tickets here.

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