The twist-o-flex is a standard popping move in which you divide your body into three sections and turn each section individually. Although you can rotate in any order, Ms. Vee’s variation of twist-o-flex rotates the lower body (hips and feet) first, then the head and finally the upper body (shoulders, ribs and arms).
“It’s kind of like a Rubik’s Cube,” she says. Pop, or quickly flex and release your muscles, on all the nontransitional shapes, which line up with the beat of the music.
Valerie “Ms. Vee” Ho specializes in freestyle hip hop, popping, locking, house and breaking. She has performed with Rennie Harris’ Legends of Hip-Hop, The Groovaloos and Ephrat Asherie Dance. She holds degrees in education and kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. Vee is on faculty at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center and Pace University’s BFA commercial dance program.
Manon Bal is a freelance dancer from Marseille, France.