Bieber vs. Usher: The Dance-Off


Mentor and protege — in case you didn’t know, Usher and Bieber go way back. Usher sought out the young Canadian shortly after a talent manager discovered his Youtube videos in 2007, and the R&B giant arguably had quite an influence on Bieber’s rise to pop stardom.

Biebs has gone on to drop an impressive collection of songs, and if there’s any contest about adoring teenage fans, he’d win in a heartbeat. But Usher has years of hits, not to mention quite a bit more sophistication and some serious dance prowess. So who takes the cake? We let you decide as we feature both of these dynamic artists in an epic dance-off.

We won’t have time to cover much locking in this 90-minute workshop, but Philly Dance Fitness instructors Timaree Schmit and Trina Lyons will definitely give you a feel for these singers’ hip-hop styling, along with lots of easy-to-follow cardio dance routines. You’ll be grooving to many favorites from Usher’s vast collection, from “Caught Up” to “Good Kisser,” and likewise a range of Bieber hits, from “Baby” to the more recent “Sorry.”

You know you can’t help bopping along when you hear these singers on the radio, so mark your calendar for April 9 and make it a group dance party with us! Die-hard “bielebers” may have noticed we’ve strategically timed this event in advance of Bieber’s early May concerts in Philly (to quote an Usher song title, “OMG”!!!)  so perhaps you can even take your new moves to the source later this spring…

No dance experience required. We’ll break down the moves to longer combinations and many of them will be designed to simply follow along. The footwork and pace of the instruction will be geared toward a teen and adult audience, however, younger dancers are welcome if accompanied by an adult. We always throw some fitness moves in, too, so come dressed to sweat. And don’t be embarrassed if you can’t help but sing along — we know all the words, too.

Are you ready for 90 minutes of nonstop Bieber and Usher glory? Grab your tickets now because space is limited!

Check out this video of a young Biebs performing with Usher — it may or may not have been our inspiration for this workshop:

Bieber vs. Usher: The Dance-Off Workshop

  • Saturday, April 9 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • 1170 S. Broad St. (Near the corner of Broad and Federal)
  • $25 but a limited number of discounted early-bird tickets are available through March 31. The savings will automatically be applied at checkout. Members get an additional $5 off, no coupon code required as long as you log into your account prior to checking out online. Due to the extended preparation required for workshops, non-members may not apply gift certificates toward workshops.
  • Wear comfortable workout attire and sneakers or dance shoes.

Just for fun, here’s one of Bieber’s more recent songs, “Where Are U Now” with Skrillex and Diplo, which just won a 2016 Grammy for “Best Dance Recording.”

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