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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. 


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. Register to participate in the full series (all elective courses) 

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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