Magazine article Dance Spirit

Renaissance Man

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Renaissance Man

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ROB HOFFMAN'S GOT GAME ON THE DANCE FLOOR AND ON THE BIG SCREEN.

Alabama Slammin': Hoffman started formal training at the age of 7, studying classical ballet with the Alabama Ballet, while simultaneously taking hip hop, jazz, break-dancing and tap. As a teenager, he attended performing arts high school by day and practiced breaking with the B.M.W. (Birmingham's Most Wanted) crew by night.

A Touch of Humor: Though Hoffman wasn't known for his quick wit until he joined the cast of MTVs improv show "Wild 'N Out," his choreography has always displayed comedic flair. When presenting work at L.A.'s Choreographer's Carnival showcase, he often infuses pop culture and parody into his numbers. "Novelties are great for giving a stage show punch," says Hoffman. He has choreographed spoofs of The Karate Kid and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Hoffman's ease on the dance floor has translated well into physical comedy. "I like to do funny, quirky things with my body," says Hoffman, who finds that improvising with dance and comedy have much in common.

Good Rap: On "Wild 'N Out," Hoffman developed his comedy chops alongside stars like Kanye West and Christina Milian. However, it wasn't until Method Man stepped foot on set that Huffman became starstruck. "It was such a high to crack jokes with Method Man," says Hoffman, whose You Got Served audition was performed to one of Method Man's songs.

I? Dance, Therefore I? Am: One of Hoffman's first on-screen gigs, the Wade Robson-written and directed short film I? …

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