Ray Owens has been B-Boying, Poppin’ and Lockin’—the original styles of today’s hip hop dance—for more than 30 years as an accomplished break dancer. He’s in his 16th year of teaching overall (5th with the Julie Lang Studio of Dance) and enjoys teaching dance to students of all ages.
Ray taught hip hop, breakin’ and Latin ballroom (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Mambo, et al.) throughout Connecticut for the Vernon Adult Education, Manchester Community Center, UConn Breakin’ Club, Trinity College Latin American Student Organization, UHART Summer Academic Camps, as well as in dance studios in Norwich, Wethersfield, Hartford and Vernon. As a DJ and dance instructor, he spreads the culture of hip-hop and dance through seminars, workshops and performances.
He also is a certified Zumba fitness instructor at Julie Lang Studio of Dance and teaches bootcamp training classes.
Ray started his own family dance crew at age six and joined his first street breakin’ crew (The Wizards) when he was seven years old, continuing to break as the dance went from mainstream to underground. Later when he was hired as a U.S. history teacher at Vernon Center Middle School, he created the Channel 99 Breakers, a 40-dancer crew that serves as a school involvement and community outreach program.
Instructor for: Hip Hop, Breakin’, Salsa, Zumba Fitness, Bootcamp