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Elective Courses Spring 

Unearthing the Phenomena of Hip Hop Lecture Series

Unearthing the Phenomena of Hip Hop Lecture Series dives into the evolution of hip hop and street dance. Scroll down to register to participate in the full series (all Spring elective courses) 

Please note that all modules open 3 weeks before the course to ensure that participants have enough time to complete required course materials. 


TITLE: The Writing Is On The Wall

TEACHER: Dr. Susie Lundy

DATES: March 10, 2022 (only)

TIME: 3-5:30pm Pacific Standard Time (6:00pm -8:30pm Eastern Standard Time) 



Dr. Lundy received her doctorate from the World Arts and Culture Department at UCLA in 2008. Her dissertation focused on the social and political history of Oakland through the artwork of the town’s most prominent graffiti writers, including DREAM, SPIE, REFA, KUFU, ESTRIA, DIME, PEPS,357, MEUT, and AMEND. Dr. Lundy has served many community based organizations, coordinating graffiti art programs  that promote aerosol art and culture, including the graffiti workshop at Justice United in Creative Energy (JUICE) in Los Angeles’ Rampart District and the Visual Element program at East Side Arts Alliance in East Oakland.  Dr. Lundy was part of the core team that helped launch the Estria Foundation, a graffiti arts program that promotes cultural identity and place-based knowledge. As a muralist she has led projects around the globe in collaboration with local graffiti artists in Mexico, Senegal, Guinea, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Dr. Lundy is a student of radical pedagogy and social justice. As a professor at USF and the New College she taught methods of integrating the arts into teaching humanities. In July 2020, Dr. Lundy launched her own consulting business, Tiratana Consulting, Inc. that supports arts and arts and education organizations in capacity building. Some of her clients include the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the Estria Foundation, Fist Up Film Productions, Hella Love, and Sol Collective. This course will explore the street culture of Graffiti and its history.  


Decolonizing The Black Dancing Body

TEACHER: Dr. Ayo Walker

DATE March 17th to April 7th, 2022 

TIME: Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm Central Standard Time (8:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern time)


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The Black dancing body in Western societies has been historically oppressed by white/Eurocentric aesthetic ideologies that sought to correct and sanitize the culturally-othered-marked dancing body by way of ethnocentric and monocultural indoctrination. Decolonizing the Black dancing body in this course acts as a method of deprogramming monocultural and ethnocentric indoctrination while decoding and de(cipher)ing bodily oppression. Understanding how bodily autonomy vs bodily indoctrination affects dancers' embodied cognitive development will become the essence for freeing the student's groove (the default movement style of your body’s rhythmic interpretation) and personalizing their movement identity. The dancing body should not be expected to apply the same movement principles and qualities across all dance forms. Through online cipher sessions this course will engage with movement principles and qualities that invite students to explore movement possibilities beyond those indoctrinated in their bodies. In the cipher is where the dancer will discover their FREEDOM.


TITLE: From Ritual to Reggae-Don't Give Up the Fight

TEACHER: Dr. Charmaine Warren

DATE: March 19th (Module access begins on March 10th)

TIME: 10:00AM - 12:00 PM Easter Standard Time


This movement-based dance history class incorporates a scholarly historical approach with enjoyable movement workshops to examine the legacy and transformations of traditional African forms, with emphasis on dance styles of Jamaica.  The history of struggle, suffering and persevering is reflected in the dance and music of the island, from rituals inherited from Africa, to the rich and “rough and ready” forms of current “DJ stylee,” to reggae, dancehall and the music.  Currently these Jamaican art forms heavily influence musical and dance styles worldwide -- from Ska to Old School Hip Hop.  The class will cover both classic and modern stage dances, as well as past and current folk forms of Jamaican dance and we will use readings, videos, music and movement, to trace the evolution and effects of rich Jamaican dances.


Unearthing the Phenomena of Hip Hop Lecture Series dives into the evolution of hip hop and street dance. Register to participate in the full series (all Spring 2022 elective courses) 

Unearthing the Phenomena of Hip Hop Lecture Series

Archived Courses


TITLE: Hip-hop History & The Beat

TEACHER: Buddha Stretch

DATES: January 18,19, and the 21st

TIME: 8pm Eastern Standard Time



The  first to formally teach Hip-hop at Broadway Dance Studios, thus starting the trend of teaching Hip-hop in dance studios nationally and internationally. He choreographed and danced for well-established artists, including Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Will Smith to name just a few. A pioneer in street dance, Emilio is unmatched in the field of dance. Emilio pushes the boundaries of Hip-hop culture and dance. His work and presence in the community, underground, and clubs internationally are unmatched. His banner in the world of dance flies high and strong.  This course will be a course on the history of Hip-hop dance and the music that set the landscape for the birth of Hip-hop Culture. It will cover Buddha Stretch's history, his crew of dancers such as Elite Force, MopTop and more. This course is based on the experience and knowledge of its instructor and may cover a broad range of topics and personal narratives politically, economically and socially. 


TITLE: Hip-Hop as History: The Diaspora Speaks 

TEACHER: Dr. Thomas DeFrantz

DATE: January 29, 2022 (only)

TIME: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time



A lecture that brings together aspects of Black aesthetics and the importance of understanding Hip Hop AS History. As we study in the Rennie Harris University, we seek to overstand how hip hop and street dance constitute our ways of understanding -at least - style, time, energy, and collective action. This session makes explicit connections between the industrial-prison complex, urban renewal, Black artistry, multiculturalism, and dance practices that have driven Hip Hop and Streetdance into global forms of highly-valued creative expression.  Aesthetics, politics, and collective possibilities align in Hip Hop; this lecture encourages students to reflect critically on how our dancing matters to the worlds that were and the worlds we share.

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TITLE: Street Dance Review & Beyond

TEACHER: Rennie Harris Ph.D (hon)

DATE: February11, 2022 (only) 

TIME: 10-12pm Pacific Standard Time  (1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time)


This lecture is a review of the first semester taught by Dr. Rennie Harris. Participants will review political, economic and social environments that birthed Hip-hop culture.  In addition, review and identify Street Dance pioneers and innovators, terminology, codification and discuss various Street Dance Styles.  Also, Dr. Harris will re-address the era he refers to as “The Day Before Hip-hop," and address street dance nationally and & beyond. *Please note all are welcome however this lecture is for fall cohorts who've already taken Dr. Harris' fall course The Day Before Hip-hop.  New cohorts are expected to also attend Dr. Harris fall course.  

Spring 2022

Fall 2021
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Dr. Shamell Bell 

Course title: Street Dance Activism "Collective Dreaming"

"Visionary Instigator" of Street Dance Activism and Global Dance Meditation for Black Liberation, Dr. Shamell Bell is a mother, community organizer, dancer/choreographer, and documentary filmmaker. Bell received her PhD in Culture and Performance at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. She received her M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and B.A. with Honors in American Studies and Ethnicity specializing in African American Studies at the University of Southern California. Dr. Bell is currently a Lecturer of Somatic Practices and Global Performance at Harvard University and Lecturer of African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College. Her work on what she calls, "street dance activism" situates street dance as grassroots political action from her perspectives as a scholar, dancer, and choreographer. Shamell’s research examines street dance movements in South Central Los Angeles through an autoethnographic and performance studies lens. Her street dance experience includes featured roles in music videos, award shows, and tours. An original member of the #blacklivesmatter movement, beginning as a core organizer with Justice 4 Trayvon Martin Los Angeles (J4TMLA)/Black Lives Matter Los Angeles to what she now describes as an Arts & Culture liaison between several social justice organizations. She also consults for social justice impact in the tv, film, theater and music industry. Website Link: Social Media Handles: Instagram- @shamellbell @streetdanceactivism.


B-boy Ynot

Course title: TBA

Anthony Denaro, M.F.A, aka YNOT, explores the design, sustainability, history, and community of Hip Hop. Through a futurist lens, YNOT’s work manifests in dance, typography, music, and architecture. He has mainly participated, researched and competed in the dance form of Breaking for over 20 years. 

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