Spring 2024

Dance Technique: Beginning/Intermediate Hip Hop

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-122H


Djeffrey Jean-Philippe (Section 01)


In this studio course for beginners and intermediate dancers, students will learn about the dance techniques and culture of Hip-Hop, a popular form of Afro-diasporic cultural production and, for many, a lifestyle. Dance is a community thing. Students will learn about what differentiates hip-hop from related dance movements, alongside movements from the funk era, and social party dances from the 80’s to today. This study of movement vocabulary will be contextualized in analyses of hip hop’s history, culture, underground, and current trends, as well as the similarities between the movement today and before the movement was named “Hip-Hop.” Students will build stamina, strength, and expand their Hip-Hop vocabulary. The focus is on body awareness, musicality, and drills designed to help students master the movement, and most importantly, themselves, as they learn to understand, speak, walk, move, and create with the language of Hip-Hop culture. Through practice and repetition, and by working collaboratively with classmates, students will develop a greater capacity to learn intricate choreography, multiple combinations, and explore their own creative expression. Film and reading will create a framework from which to enter into the global culture of Hip-Hop and other dance styles influenced by it.  This course may be repeated for credit.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester and spring semester. Visiting Instructor Jean-Philippe.

How to handle overenrollment: Instructor will choose students based on a balance of levels and class years.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve regular attendance and class participation, class discussion, reading, possible viewing and writing assignments, group work outside of class including rehearsal or other artistic assignments, as well as physical or vocal performance work and/or visual, aural, and physical analysis as applicable. Attendance at performances outside of class may also be required.


Section 01
M 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM WEBS 117
W 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM WEBS 117


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024