Welcome to Rennie Harris University Street Dance and Hip-hop Certification Program. This Certificate Program is the first of its kind. Using the model of institutions of higher learning RHU provides virtual and in person technique and lecture courses, on Hip-hop dance and Culture, Street Dance, Activism, Social Justice and more. Founded on the principles of the 5th Element of Hip-hop “Knowledge.” Rennie Harris University seeks to reclaim the culture by re-educating the masses about the fundamental beliefs of Hip-hop culture which reaches beyond color, race, ethnicity, gender or religion. I’d like to personally thank you for becoming a part of history and for being a part of the reclaiming of Hip-hops mission by reaffirming its organic and humanistic narrative. Peace Love & Unity!
Registration & Fee (s)
We look forward to sharing this amazing experience with you. In the spirit of clarity and transparency we urge you to read slowly and thoroughly. Most importantly we encourage you to read the terms of agreement prior to registering. In addition, we ask registrants not interested in acquiring a certificate to complete the general information and medical form (only). We ask registrants interested in submitting an application for the Street and Hip-hop dance Certification program to submit an application and support materials (Apply). Please note Non-Certificate registrants can register for one or both sessions now or a later date. However, a Non-Certificate registrant pays a 25% registration fee plus a processing fee of $35 for each Session. To avoid an additional registration and processing fee we ask that you list your intent to apply for both 5th Element and Cypher Session on your general information form (no obligation to attend one or the other). Certificate Candidates will register for the both semesters plus a processing fee of $45 (no need to register again). *In addition, all travel cost are the responsibility of the registrant. Travel cost are not covered in tuition fees.
Non-Certificate Registration Option & Fees
5th Element Session $700.00 x 25% = $175.00 + $35.00 = REG FEE: $210.00.
The Cypher Session $350.00 x 25% = $87.50 + $35.00. = REG FEE: $122.50
5th E/Cypher Sess. $1,050.00 x 25% = $262.50 + $35.00 = REG FEE: $297.50
Pay In Full = REG FEE: $1,085.00
Certificate Candidate Registration Option & Fee
5th E/Cypher Sess. $1,050.00 x 25% = $262.50 + $45.00 = REG FEE: $302.50
Pay In Full = REG FEE: $1,095.00
Registrants are asked to pay the balance of tuition owed one month prior to the start of the session (August 1, 2021). Forms: Non-certificate registrants are required to fill out the general information and medical form. Please be mindful to confirm attendance for both sessions. We ask that you confirm both sessions in case you decide to attend another session at a later date. If you do not confirm both sessions on your GI form you will be required to register again and subsequently charged an additional registration and processing fee. The Cypher Session enrollments are limited. Confirming both Sessions on your GI-form not only secures your spot but it’s a financial savings. Remember, as a Non-Certificate Registrant your tuition is A le Carte (pay per event/session). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us immediately.
The Certificate consists of the 5th Element Session and Cypher Sessions. The 5th Element Session (s) is a series of virtual lectures (live) on the History of Street dance (2 hours per week). The Cypher Session (s) are a series of in-person intensives (Winter/Summer)-with the choice of adding elective classes (1 hour ea.) In total, there are two 5th Element Sessions-Fall/Spring and two Cypher Sessions-Winter/Summer.
Certificate Level 1 (C1) requires 900 hours of study.
Certificate Level 2 (C2) requires 600 hours of study.
Certificate Level 3 (C3) requires 450 hours of study.
Certificate Level 4 (C4) Assessment Committee TBD
CERTIFICATE LEVEL & ASSESSMENT
There are four levels of Certification: Certificate Level 1 Advance (C1), Certificate Level 2 Intermediate /Advance (C2), Certificate Level 3 Completion (C3), Certificate Level 4 Non-Certificate (w/intent to apply) and Non-Certificate general public (GP). Each level determines price as well as study-load. On the application the Candidate is required to choose a Certificate Level. The Certificate Level chosen is temporary w/intent to confirm at the first Cypher Session-which will serve as a defense/assessment appointment. In other words, the Candidates participation in all classes and workshops will be assessed- essentially, the Candidate is defending their "Temporary Certificate Level.” The assessment will begin the moment of arrival and throughout the four-day intensive. Upon arrival, the Candidate will receive an appointment time with the Assessment Committee (do not miss the appointment). The appointment with the Assessment Committee is when the Candidate will receive a confirmation of their chosen Certificate level or recommendation for a new Certificate level. Once the Candidate has confirmed a Certificate level with the committee, the Candidate has the option to change their Certificate focus. It is at this time the candidate may pay in full, partial or choose a payment plan for their Certificate level. *Please note some Candidates may receive a preapproved confirmation notice before the start date of the 5th Element Session. If you do not receive preapproved confirmation notice you will receive your Certificate Level confirmation, at the end of the first Cypher Session.
A Certificate focus means the Candidate will focus their study. For example, a Candidate can focus their study on becoming a teacher of Technique or teacher of History. The Certificate could also focus on completing both Technique and History with no focus-which is merely to complete the course with a high ranking. The value of a Completion focus is for active or soon-to-be professional street dancers in Street Dance Theater or Commercial Industry. It does not qualify the Candidate to teach. *The Certificate focus determines scoring percentage. For example, suppose a Candidate Certification focus is a Technique with a History focus and vice versa. In that case, it means the Candidate's goal is to teach Technique, and therefore the Candidate must excel in Technique rather than in History. Taking both Technique and History informs all certificate levels. By the third Cypher Session, candidates will access and confirm embodied rhythms, History, Technique, and pedagogy. Upon approved completion, the Candidate will no longer be a Candidate but rather a Certified Teacher or Certified Completion. However, when you receive your Certificate, you are required to continue education for 1-2 years (break down of hours). Continued Education is a way of remaining relevant to practice, History, and heritage. *Candidates may be required to do additional hours, and depending on level, the program may take up to two-three years to complete.
• NON-CERTIFICATE is open to the general public and can pay a la carte with no obligation to attend or be certified.
• TEACHER CERTIFICATE LEVEL 1 History & Technique focus (will receive certification in both history and technique):
There are *900 credit hours needed for this certification. C1 is required to have 600 approved prerequisite hours. C1 can apply all approved prerequisite hours to certificate hours for completion. Upon completion, C1 is approved to teach History, R.I.S.E. , Rennie Harris Rhythm Theory, G.Q. Basic Rhythms, Intergenerational Rhythms, Popular Social & Party Dances i.e. Hip-hop proper and House foundation-technique and movement vocabulary to: Middle School, High School, Higher Learning Institutions and teens and adults-beginner, intermediate and advanced. C1 Certificate will come away with a general knowledge of popular Social/Party dance technique and movement in both House and Hip-hop dance, basic and stylized Hip-hop and House technique & terminology, Lofting basics & aesthetic, floor technique and aesthetic, intergenerational floor techniques, intergenerational Rhythm, history of Street and Hip-hop dance and culture, comprehensive lesson plan (s) for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, reading list of noted books and scholars in the field of Street and Hip-hop dance, list of documentaries to resource and share with your students.
* Breakdown of hours: Prerequisite 600hr + Cypher Session + 60hr (3 sessions x 20hrs) +5Element Sessions + 42hr + Personal Practice/Training 100hr + Syllabus/Lesson Plan 10hrs. Continued Education: Elective Class 12 hrs. + Practicum 20hr + R.I.S.E. 20hrs + GQ Basic Rhythm Review 6hr + 10 (1hr ea.) technique class uploads +Written Exam score of 70-100 = 20 hrs. * The Candidate has the option to attend approved technique or Street Dance History class/lecture to contribute to any hours listed under Continued Education. Be advised: Hours of approved technique and any Street Dance history lecture (s) or course that isn’t offered by RHU are the financial responsibility of the Candidate but the hours accumulated can contribute to the hours of Syllabus/Lesson Plan, Personal Practice/Training and Practicum (only).
CERTIFICATE LEVEL 2 Intermediate/advanced history w/Technique Focus: *600 credit hours required. C2 is required to have 300 approved prerequisite hours. C2 can apply all prerequisite hours to certificate hours for completion. In addition, C2 can apply for C1 status at any time however upon application approval C2 must complete the additional 450 hours needed for C1 certification. Upon, completion C2 is approved to teach R.I.S.E., Rennie Harris Rhythm Theory, G.Q. Basic Rhythms, Intergenerational Rhythms & Popular Party Social dances i.e. Hip-hop proper and House foundation-technique and movement vocabulary to: Middle School, High School, Higher Learning Institutions and Adults-beginner/intermediate/advance.
C2 Certificate: will come away with a comprehensive understanding and knowledge Rennie Harris Pedagogy, Intergenerational Rhythm (s), Comprehensive list of codified movement vocabulary, strengthened technique and practice, and a general History of Street and Hip-hop dance and culture.
* Breakdown of hours: Prerequisite 300hr + Cypher Session + 60hr (3 sessions x 20hrs) +5Element Sessions + 42hr + Practicum 20hr + Personal Practice/Training 100hr +Continued Education 12 hrs.+R.I.S.E. 20hrs +GQ 6hr +Elective 10 hours +Written Exam 30 * The Candidate has the option to attend approved technique class (s) as a way of contributing to the hours of Practicum and Personal Practice/Training (only). Be advised: Hours of approved technique class (s) that aren’t offered by RHU are the financial responsibility of the Candidate, but the hours accumulated can also contribute to the hours of Personal Practice/Training and Practicum (only).
CERTIFICATE LEVEL 3 (completion) C3 history w/technique focus: *450 credit hours. C3 requires 200 approved prerequisite hours -technique focus: The Completion Certification is not a teaching certification. The completion certification is for street dancers who seek to boost their resume, curriculum vitae, and status as a professional Street Dancer in the field. Elective class hours do not apply to CC therefore adding Elective classes to the class load will be the financial responsibility of the Candidate, however we encourage the Candidate to attend Elective classes offered by RHU as a way to further contextualize the movement vocabulary learned. Also, if the Candidate decides to apply for C1-C2 Teacher Certificate at a later date, any Elective class (s) attended by the Candidate will contribute to the hours required of the C1-C2 Certification. *Be aware that this course is virtual and may begin via zoom or with pre-recorded video instruction-also, it may meet twice a month live via zoom (tbd) until the first in person Cypher Session.
*Breakdown of hours: Prerequisite 200hr + Cypher Session + 60hr (3 sessions x 20hrs) +5Element Sessions + 42hr + Practicum 30hr + Personal Practice/Training 100hr + Continued Education 10 hrs. * The Candidate has the option to attend approved technique class (s) as a way of contributing to the hours of Practicum and Personal Practice/Training (only). Be advised: Hours of approved technique class (s) that aren’t offered by RHU are the financial responsibility of the Candidate, but the hours accumulated can also contribute to the hours of Personal Practice/Training and Practicum (only).
CERTIFICATE LEVEL 4 technique focus: w/Intent to apply for C2 or C1 level – C4 is a ground zero training Certificate. C4 is expected to register for four semesters in total. However, C4 isn't obligated to pay or attend four semesters in succession. C4 can apply for Certificates 1-2 during or before the fourth semester. C4 also has the option of requesting an assessment appointment at any scheduled Cypher Session. Be mindful that this certificate level may need longer time and more hours to get completion or teacher certification. If the candidate is interested in completion or teaching certification, we encourage the potential candidate to continue to take classes and to continue to apply for consideration as a candidate. The candidate will be given a list of contacts of approved teachers that can help expedite training. C4 will need 600-1000 hours-be mindful the first Cypher Session is an assessment appoint and its goal is to confirm a Certificate level- therefore the hours of the first Cypher Session will not apply to required hours.
Registration fee 25% + processing fee $35/$45
The registration and process fee supports the review and processing of the registration and/or applications-therefore the registration fees are non-refundable and will be credited to the registrants account for future use. By the way, the Cypher Session will rotate between our institutional partners and they’re resident states. All registrants Non-Certificate Registrants, C1, C2, C3, and C4 are responsible for all travel cost including housing and food. Tuition fees do not cover travel cost.