Esperonto Bean is the Director of H.Y.P.E, Joy of Motion Dance Center’s urban youth dance program. Esperonto has been part of the street dance community for over 20 years. He is well versed in many dance styles, including House, Hip-Hop, Locking and Punking/Waacking. Recognized as one of the original House Dancers from Baltimore City, he has performed in legendary house clubs such as The Sound Factory Bar in NYC, Club Zanzibar in NJ, The Paradox and Club Fantasy’s in Baltimore, MD. Esperonto was the co-recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Imagine Choreographer Award for his House Dance Choreography.
His street credibility in the club scene also led him to open for acclaimed House and Hip-Hop artists such as Barbara Tucker, CeCe Penniston, Robin S., Mass Order, James Howard, Funk Master Flex, KRS1, Loon, K-Solo, Mix Master Mike and Dirty Vegas. Esperonto was mentored by the legendary Fluky Luke and the late Fred “ReRun” Berry of the famed group “The Lockers”. He became a member of GroovMekanex in the late 90’s, which is the first Locking crew in the DMV area. Esperonto has danced with GroovMekanex as special guest performers for the internationally recognized Hip-Hop dance company Rennie Harris Pure Movement.
Since 1996, he has taught youth and adult classes throughout the Baltimore/DC area. He was a premiere performer and master class instructor at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at ArtScape, Culture Shock DC, Edgeworks Dance Theater, Lesole’s Dance Project, The White House Easter Egg Roll, Mason-Rhynes Black Expressions!!! Hip-Hop Festival, Earth Week on the National Mall, Dance Place, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, NBC-4 Fitness Expo,The Hippodrome, and the Maryland Council for Dance and Theater Project. Esperonto taught dance classes for combination of 12 yrs as adjunct faculty at Howard Community College and Community College of Baltimore County. He also implemented the first lecture course on Hip-Hop culture at Howard Community College.
Learn more about Esperonto through his website www.esperonto.com