The world is full of sounds, loud sounds, soft sounds, and everything in between. For Jamar Hopkins, music is a way of life. Always partial to the arts of all forms (dance, music, and of course, drawing and painting), he has spent years soaking up inspiration of all kinds, and he represents a true passion for pursuing dreams.
Hopkins shares that passion through teaching, focusing mostly on the art of dance, specifically hip hop. “The creative freedom and the new combinations of sounds, a groove, mixed with what was already engraved in my DNA by my parents, I mean the reaction [in] my soul was like magic. It’s like a chemical reaction that happens when I hear something that moves me. It starts from deep within [my] soul/spirit and just manifests itself as something awesome, and it’s that awesomeness that comes out when I dance or create a piece of art,” says Hopkins.
He draws inspiration from his students, no matter their age or skill level. Indeed, they push him to keep working hard and to keep exploring the creativity that the music brings. For much of his life, he found much inspiration in his brother, who passed away suddenly this year. The loss was hard on Hopkins, but he has turned grief into beauty. ” [finding out my brother passed away] was and is a devastating feeling, but I had to learn that it’s life…and life isn’t promised to anyone on earth, and that if you have a dream…I mean a dream that really drives you, you can’t waste time, you just need to do it…GO OUT AND DO IT!! There’s no time like the present! You never know when you’ll lose the opportunity to achieve [those dreams].”
Setting his mind to his own dreams, Hopkins continues to encourage others to follow their own. He serves as an inspiration to many, and we are proud to know him.