"Classical dance is the root of all dance." People throw this generalization around as if it is the gospel truth. Classical dance is not the root of all dance! Just as the romance languages are not the root of all language. If I want to get better at Chinese, Swahili, Hebrew or Arabic, I am not going to first take a French class! If I want to get better at hip-hop (popping, locking, boogaloo, rocking, breaking or party dances) it would be counterintuitive to take a ballet class.
Safi A. Thomas