Hello, my name is Darrio

I originate from Ohio, USA. I came to Australia in the early 1980’s where I was one of the original Hip-Hop dancers in Australia; (The Double D’s) dancing on countless TV programs, promotions, tours and shows. This resulted in me becoming famous for my individual performances and with other dancers, groups and choreographers.

I am known to promote ‘peace, love and unity in dance’. Setting up one of the first street dance schools in Australia and bringing Hip-Hop dance into the Catholic & State Education curriculum as an acceptable style of dance for Sport & PE. As a performer and entertainer armed with street dance credibility and music culture, my appeal was naturally with the youth who were itching to learn this new and cool culture. This resulted in me leading the way with my own distinct style and passing on my knowledge through dance.

Always at the forefront stylistically, I have always maintained a quality and a forward thinking attitude towards my art at all times. Today, my name (Darrio Phillips) is synonymous with Hip-Hop dance having educated several generations throughout Australia and in the US.

Now in 2016, with fresh achieved Certificate IV in Youth Work, and Small Biz Coaching & Mentoring; I’m seeking to further evolve and re-launch my career as a teacher for those exploring their creativity in dance and fitness through self expression and movement.

As a mentor, motivational speaker and life coach – I am  now sharing my life experiences in an industry that has brought me together with a plethora of different individuals and situations.

Hip-hop and Street Dance

Has brought Darrio into contact with many organizations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, NAISDA and Tasdance. However, it is ground-breaking work with community entities such as ice.org.au and contributing to disadvantaged communities,  that really gets Darrio's passion flowing. He has also had the privilege of being the adjudicator at the Sydney Eisteddfod, the Southern Hemispheres largest competition of its kind, where Hip Hop has been integral to, since 2007.  This is indeed a tribute to Hip Hop's new standing in the dance community.

dance Classes

Hip Hop Basics

Great for beginners and fun fitness routine

Complete with a warm-up, and a light stretch. Starting out with slower paced movement and steps incorporating “grooving” warming up the, neck, shoulders and hips. Teaching foundation moves.


Open Locking

Performance oriented

Locking (originally Campbellocking). A style of street dance which is today also associated with Hip Hop dance. It relies on fast distinct arm and hand movements combined with more relaxed hips and legs. The movements are generally large and exaggerated and often very rhythmic and lightly synced with the music.



Performance oriented

Popping is another popular street style of today. Its described as the contraction and release of muscles to the beat and rhythm of music, giving a look of animation. However there are other foundational moves and poses covered in the lesson, to create the style, including waving, tutting, hitting (Dime stop),and gliding (aka “moonwalk).



Energetic and emotional style of dance

Krump is the newest style to come out of LA (USA) as seen in such movies as Rize and Stomp The Yard. It is and energetic and emotional style of dance, with a definite tribal flavor, that echoes the voice of the ancestors from which we came. A freestyle form of dance, the beginner Krump gives you foundation move “Stomping”,” Chestpops” (beat keeping and breathing technique) and “Armswings” (expression, gestures, and communication). They are to assist you with building your own character in the dance.


One on One Lessons

'Own' the dance

This project is designed for those who want to become  freestylers, to perfect their craft, or to simply just train.  One on one training, The aim is to experience, understand, value and enjoy “The dance”. The objectives are knowledge, understanding and skills. To perform it as a freestyle is to develop basics, foundations and technique (balance, stance, footwork, isolations, and  grooving) . To further understand may also need to learn Hiphop and street dance vocabulary (steps) and their social, cultural and historical context. Lastly to structure moves in order to perform, create, build your dance (from beginning to end) execute it with confidence and communicate your ideas. Also feedback on your footage, and knowledge will be provided on how to build your style.



United States Studies Centre, University of sydney

"Sex, Race and Rock in the USA" is a popular undergraduate unit that surveys the history of popular music at the University of Sydney. It comprises students who major in History, American Studies, Arts Music, and Gender Studies, and many other areas. For part of our final lecture in 2016, I asked Darrio Phillips to come and show us some dance moves. This is something completely out of the ordinary for a university class, which is typically cerebral. Although we might learn about dances that changed popular culture like the Twist and the Hustle, we wouldn't usually do them. But learning isn't whole of it doesn't incorporate our whole selves. In researching who could come and help with this, Darrio's name came up repeatedly. And he was clearly a master of his craft on the day. Not only is he a legendary and pioneering street dancer, he is a consummate teaching professional. He spoke easily and without notes in a brief lecture for the students to explain his own background. Then he led a large group of students through a series of steps including the electric slide. In 20 years of university teaching, I have never seen so many smiling faces! It was a wonderful end to the semester to experience learning through our bodies, and Darrio was the ideal person to teach us.”

Rebecca Sheehan, Coordinator, American Studies Honours

Bronte Fitness

"Darrio has been teaching hip hop / moves and grooves for us at Bronte fitness for the last 4 years . He is much sought after by both casual visitors and our own clients. Darrio has  a well renown reputation , in the dance industry and this is passed on through his teaching and classes . Darrio's passion for dance is unsurpassable... which our clients benefit from not only through his technique , but also from a fitness perspective ".

Juliet  Vanessa, Fitness Trainer

Granville Multicultural Community Centre

“Darrio Philips has conducted many dance programs and performance events for over half a decade with our service! He has shown a dedication to the many young people he came into contact with in our programs and events and has worked tirelessly to develop their skills so they are able to show case their talent and potential.”

Erick Elefante, Youth Team Leader

MLC School

"At MLC School we have been lucky to have enjoyed a long standing partnership with Darrio for over 10 years. His energy, enthusiasm and professionalism is instantly noticed and embraced during classes.  He is a master of his craft and delivers a quality program. Due to the success of his teaching and the Hip Hop Dance program, in 2016, we delivered a  cross curriculum program that included English and Dance. Darrio’s insight, collaboration and experience was vital to once again delivering a remarkable piece of work that our students thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you Darrio!"

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