The Subjective Dance Club, currently known as, the Subjective Dance Company was founded on January 2, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia by Gregg D. Whitlock Jr. a.k.a. Coach Gregg b.k.a. PapiiBDS. It occurred after an outdoor meeting with a large group of disgruntled majorette dance moms on a Winter evening in December 2015. The dance moms were adamant that Coach Gregg needs to start his own dance company/team so their kids can dance with him without giving their money to someone not trustworthy. Coach Gregg, however, didn’t want your average dance company or to be head coach for just another dance team.
He went to the drawing board…
and the dance moms took their kids to other local teams. Coach Gregg decided that what the market needs is a company that cares about unity amongst the dance community, promotes and raises awareness of the many different opportunities already in the city of Richmond, and provides good quality dance related training to students, instructors, and business owners. Once deciding on the perfect name and plan, he proceeded to organize meetings and interviews with Richmond dance business owners, announcing plans like development of the VA Dance Directory while learning what difficulties they are facing as dance business owners. Following review of meeting notes and hosting a few events, Coach Gregg determined that, in addition to dance business owners, young African-American males (like himself) are the dancers in Richmond, Virginia and in most dance communities that need a home away from home. A place to be creative, free, and dance with like-minded individuals on a regular basis.
The Subjective Dance Club consists of various choreographers and is supervised by our Founder and current Creative Director, Coach Gregg. SDC is only a few years old but Coach Gregg has been choreographing and creative directing for over 16 years and an independent contractor of various services for over 18 years. To put a title on his style of choreography, which welcomes the merging/fusion of various dance styles while bringing music to life and/or storytelling, he developed the terms Subjective Dancing and Subjective Dancer.
Coach Gregg believes that, like a painter, dancers create art based on how they personally feel someone should move to a particular song/sound at that given moment. That piece of art is then left open to be perceived by viewers however it hits each of them, whether it paints the same picture/story the original choreographer intended or not. It’s all subjective.
In an effort to brand the term, he launched the Subjective Dance Company as a d.b.a. of The BDS Company, BigBsBds inc. and proceeded to teach dance for various companies while creating platforms for unique, creative, and adept dancers. Approaching the anniversary of year 5, we are preparing for full transition to 501(c)(3) status as a chapter based non-profit organization through expansion of our Board of Directors. The Subjective Dance Club teaches and focuses on Hip-Hop dance styles but incorporates creative dancers of any dance style with a hunger to be great, entertain, inspire the youth, and/or battle others. All ages are welcome. SDLions are 18 and up, SDTigers are 11-17, SDBears are 10 and under, and together we’re the SDAnimals. We are here to uplift performers through acknowledgement, awareness, knowledge, precision, fitness, fun, fellowship, and technique. We aspire to inspire while bridging the gap between stage and street dancing. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.
The first official meeting of the Subjective Dance Club was on February 25, 2016 at the launch of SDCVA. That meeting took place in the Gensworth BrightLights Education Center on the third floor of Richmond CenterStage, now known as the Dominion Energy Center of Performing Arts located in the Downtown area of Richmond, Virginia. SDC was originally developed to serve as an International Dance Organization, a Traveling Dance Team, a Traveling Dance School, and an Unofficial Talent Agency. After launching, we’ve become a hub for authentic street dancers and an organized representation of raw Hip-Hop dance amongst the performing arts community. Only time can tell what our future holds. The long-term goal is to launch multiple dance club chapters that support our mission and possess club facilities that are strictly for dancers and Subjective Dance Club members. Stay tuned for what state is next in line!
During our first four years of establishment, we’ve successfully launched recurring events like SubjectiveDance BattleGrounds, a multi-part dance competition set to shine light on the street dancers and battle dancers of the local community, Freestyle Friday, an open dance session that gives street dancers the opportunity to meet others while dancing in a professional studio setting, pop-up dance classes that are open to the general public, private dance training program schedules for individuals, Technique Tuesday, a crash course dance workshop on the techniques of multiple Hip-Hop dance styles taught by special guest instructors in one setting, and our company dance teams, referred to as the SDC Performance Squad and the ohMy! Unity Dance Team.
We’ve also given dancers opportunities to…
- Be featured in music videos
- Participate in live festival performances
- Be featured on live television (including local News in DC and VA)
- Compete and win in competitions nationally
- Dance in some of the Greater Richmond Region’s most established dance studios
- Dance in nationally recognized arenas
- Meet international celebrities
- Train with industry level choreographers
- Train for shows like America’s Got Talent and Kid’s Got Talent
- and more
Our efforts have led to members being booked for contracts servicing…
- Richmond Parks and Recreation
- Multiple Richmond based dance studios
- Richmond Public Library
- Studio4 Dance Agency
- The Martin Agency
- Various Local Businesses
- and more
Ultimately, we’ve developed the ability to provide opportunities for ‘street dancers’ and/or dancers who are self-trained to get paid for doing what they love and/or experience adventures that most minority dancers do not get exposed to in Richmond, Va. With this ability, we continue to give hope, inspiration, and valuable life lessons to dancers of various ages.
Approaching the anniversary of year 5, we are preparing for full transition to 501(c)(3) status as a chapter based non-profit organization.
Thank you for your motivation along this journey.
Can you see yourself running or working for a Subjective Dance Club Chapter?