Welcome to Upstate New York’s Premier Hip Hop Dance Company
We are the only dance company in Saratoga Springs, New York focusing exclusively on hip hop dance. Our teams seek to be the premier platform for youth athletes to achieve excellence and build lifelong connections to hip hop dance. Athletes are personally trained by Julie Labate, a hip hop dance instructor and choreographer with over 25 years of hip hop dance experience, at Max Level Fitness in Saratoga Springs.
THE C3 PRINCIPLES
COMMITMENT: As a premier competitive dance company, our athletes will demonstrate a commitment to hip hop dance through frequent group practices, emphasis on mechanics + fundamentals, and progressive training. At C3 we encourage our athletes to show up for themselves and their team, bringing their best attitude and effort.
CONFIDENCE: Our athletes are in some of the most formative years of their lives. C3 promotes confidence through progressive training in a safe, fun and uplifting environment. The week-in and week-out dedication to personal and performance growth builds athlete’s trust and confidence in themselves and in the process.
COMMUNITY: At C3, we are building a community for those who desire to excel in hip hop dance. We share purpose in showing up, we share unforgettable experiences, we share pride in our involvement, and most importantly, we share respect for one another. C3 athletes can feel a sense of belonging and build lifelong connections with teammates, mentors, and the hip hop dance community.
YOUTH DANCE TEAMS
Athletes have the opportunity to train in the dance program that is right for them.
Mini: Ages 3-5
Pee Wee: Ages 6-8
Novice/Inter./Adv.: Ages 9-18
THE C3 SEASON
Sept. 2023 - June 2024:
The season kicks off with team placements in Sept.
Teams: Mini / Pee Wee / Novice / Intermediate / Advanced
Open to ages 3-18
Weekly practices held at Max Level Fitness & Athletics in Saratoga Springs.
Various performance events and possible dance competitions
COACH JULIE LABATE
Julie came up in the elite ranks of youth hip hop and competitive cheerleading in her hometown of Miami, Florida. Her unique approach to C3 emerges from her dynamic background, combining the most exciting elements from her wide dance and cheer experiences. Julie began cheering at age 5 and fell in love with hip hop at age 9 through Hip Hop Kidz, a youth dance company that produced notable alumni such as Channing Tatum (Step Up, Magic Mike), Brandon Bryant (SYTYCD 1st runner up, Britney Spears dancer), Zoe Kravitz, and others. With Hip Hop Kidz, Julie performed with the production company in Super Bowl XXXIV and in numerous NFL Dolphins Football halftime shows, corporate events, parties and parades. From ages 12-17 she was a point flyer for Top Gun All-Stars, the Miami based competitive cheerleading program that boasts 19 world championships. While attending college at the University of Florida, Julie joined UF’s competition cheerleading team and captained her sorority's cheer and dance teams, choreographing over 15 routines.
Instructor Julie Labate performing with her Top Gun All-Star Hip Hop dance team which won 3rd place in Dance Worlds 2012. Julie is in the front row, center position.
Julie graduated with honors in accounting and began practicing as a CPA in Miami, while also joining Top Gun’s Open Hip Hop team and attending late night practices after work. The team placed 3rd in the 2012 Dance Worlds Competition in Orlando. In 2013, she moved to New York City to pursue her accounting career and began instructing for the VXN Workout, an adult hip hop dance fitness format focused on improving the physical and mental wellness of women. For 6 years, Julie led weekly VXN Workout classes earning the titles Master Trainer and Manager of NYC VXN operations, twice appearing on NBC’s The Today Show, and certifying instructors across the Northeast.
Instructor Julie Labate performing in 2013 with Top Gun All-Stars Hip Hop Dance team. Julie is in the front row on the right side.
“At every stage of life, I’ve always found a way to stay connected to dance and cheer. It’s been one of the most consistent influences in my life. When I was young, it kept me focused, provided structure and something important to be part of, it helped me feel valued and confident, and it became a community where I felt I belonged. As an adult, I understand the real significance it held and still holds for me, and I want to provide young athletes the opportunity to enjoy the same sense of vivacity, purpose, and comradery. These are pivotal years of kids’ lives. You never know when a place like C3 is exactly what they need.”
Julie, her husband, and two daughters now proudly call Saratoga Springs home. Julie continues to teach weekly VXN Workout classes.
2023/24 season Team Fees TBA
Fees include: Tuition, Gym fees, Performance Uniform, Choreography & music production, Team T-shirt
Fees do not include: Possible travel to performances / competitions, Possible competition registration, sneakers, etc.
*Financial Assistance is available on a need basis, please contact us for more info