The hip-hop dancers on MTVs Americas Best Dance Crew or the recent movie Step Up 2 the Streets make all their moves look easy, but their secrets to the magic dont lie in sheer natural talent or superhero strength. Anyone can learn hip-hop -- take classes, understand the basics and practice, practice, practice. B-girl Valerie Val Pal Acosta has been breaking for a little over 2 years to master this freeze. You can see her perform with her dance crews: Underground Flow, Culture Shock LA, B-Geez, Freedom Junkies and Long Beach States PAC Modern Alumni.
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