Got to finally reunite with Jason after over a decade. We went to high school together in Toronto, and afterwards, he moved himself back to Taiwan where he’s played a pivotal role in fostering street dance in all its forms to the masses.
He’s actively performing, judging battles, and as you can see in this video, teaching popping.
Originally, I had planned an entirely different type of video as he told me he’d be expecting about 10-15 students. But when we arrived to the IP Dance Skool in Ximending (a bustling area full of young people) in Taipei, we were shocked to see more than 30 eager students waiting to learn from him.
Jason’s in amazing teacher and it helps a ton that his students are so enthusiastic to soak up his knowledge. He goes well beyond just teaching steps, explaining in great detail, his own philosophies on popping and imparting knowledge that only someone with two decades of experience could.
This video was shot entirely on the T2i (550d) with a Sigma 30mm F1.4 and a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8. Stabilization came from the Manfrotto BHDV-561 and the Glidecam HD2000. Sound was brought in with the Rode VideoMic. The song is called “Motown”, and was composed and produced by Mark Pellizzer.