Conrad Rochester, Founder & Organizer

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Growing up in New York City’s Artsy Lower East Side during the early 1970’s and 80’s, Conrad Rochester discovered his passion for music and dance. Initially, at the age of 9 with the Hustle, then later as a young teenager, he became involved in the B-Boy Scene. Self taught and motivated through competition, Conrad’s movements were elevated through local battles and inspiration from Martial Arts films. He was enticed by the fruition of this form of dance into Breaking and House through the incorporation of more foot and floor work. It was no surprise that at just 17, he was already accepted and known as a member of the Loft and Paradise Garage Movements.

Through his movement, Conrad has continued to mesmerize and entice audiences on so many levels of life. He has had cameo appearances in several dance films including “Wild Style”, “Maestro” and the most recent “Check Your Body at the Door.” Conrad has also performed and choreographed for various dance companies and artists including Dance Warrior Project, Vissi Dance Theater, Louie Vega, Mr. V, Mrs. Patty, The Martinez Brothers , The Legendary House of Ninja, Niles Ford’s dance-umentary “In Search of the Invisible People,” and James ‘Cricket’ Coulter’s, “Astral Kinetic Project”.” He is constantly judging and teaching locally in NYC various events including Chicken and Beer, Guardians of the Dance and his own weekly practice The Loft Practice. In early 2007, he launched House Dance International (HDI).  After several successful events he choose to let it rest and has now decided to revisit it with a new and fresh approach.

House Dance International NYC was a dream that Conrad envisioned many years ago.  He dreamt to take a form of expression that began socially and create competitive battles where the techniques could be displayed and the evolution of the dance could be showcased.  

It is so important for people both old and new to remember where this dance came from: it started in the clubs and in the streets. – Conrad

One of the most important aspects of HDI, is it’s historical foundation. By hiring key individuals to judge the event and teach workshops validates not only the level of competition but catalogues the diaspora of this dance which has become an international phenomena.