Zuzana Medvedova has an unmistakable energy when it comes to hip-hop dancing.
Her arrival in Malta last year marks another addition to the island’s talented dance community. From kicking ass in competitions back home in Slovakia to teaching Malta’s next dance generation, we catch up to find out how she got here and where she is going.
When did you know you wanted to be a dancer?
Since early childhood I have felt deeply in love with music. As a 3-year-old I used to steal my older sister’s Walkman. Later on, my big inspiration was music videos from Missy Elliot, Britney Spears, Usher and many other superstars. I have always been very hyperactive person, and dance was a way for me to express myself. My sister signed me into hip-hop dance school when I was 8-year-old. Half a year later, I participated in a dance competition and from then onwards, I knew I wanted to know more about dance.
What are your favorite styles to dance to?
My number one favourite dance style is hip-hop. When I lived in Berlin, I came across other dance styles. I found passion for dancehall as well. Other styles I tried but I do not practice regularly are for example afro dance and house.
We read that you have won the Slovak Hip-Hop Championships 10 times! How did you do it?
Winning is result of the community I was part of. Dance has been my lifestyle. My best friends, the best memories in life are connected to dance. Back in Slovakia, I was part of Element Dance Club. We had one of the highest level in choreography dance in my country at that time, because we were very motivated, talented and travelled abroad to learn from the best dancers.
After eight months in Malta, what is your impression of the hip-hop scene? Are there many hip-hop dancers? Are there many places to dance?
In Malta, we have many hip-hop schools with wide variety of styles. The community is very friendly, excited to collaborate and bring something innovative to the scene. Some very talented dancers successfully participate in world competitions.
The only drawback is that the dance schools are further away from the central parts of Malta (such as St. Julian’s and Sliema) so they are hard to reach if you do not have a car.
You are now holding dance classes at Fort Fitness – what can we expect from your class? Is it open to beginners?
My class is for beginners and anyone who loves to hip-hop music and dance. It is for adults and is located in Sliema. I aim to gather hip-hop enthusiasts together from that area.
My class starts with a warm-up where we do basic hip-hop steps. Next, stretching follows. The second half of the class is dedicated to choreography, which always consist of new steps. We repeat the choreography at the end of the class so that the body of students will remember the new moves.
Recommendations for a good dance festival Slovakia?
We have a famous 3-day festival called OUTBREAK EUROPE held in the centre of Slovakia, Banska Bystrica at the end of July. Dancers participate from around 70 countries, and they compete in variety of categories. The event includes B-Boying, DJing, MCing and graffiti writing.
Last summer, hip-hop and popping became part of the dance competition although primarily this event is for b-boying. In breaking, more than 500 dancers participate.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself living in Malta. I am planning to open kids and teens class in addition to adults. In few years time, I would like to go to competitions and workshops held abroad with my students (adults, kids and teens). I believe I will develop new talents that will inspire the world further.
You can follow Zuzana on Instagram @zuzosa
and on Facebook, too.
Zuzana holds hip-hop dance classes every Wednesday from 7:30 t0 8:30PM at Fort Fitness.