Special Topics in Urban Dance: Improvisational Approaches to Hip-Hop Practices

This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of hip-hop dance, history and culture. We will explore the various dance styles and folk art traditions that preceded and influenced hip-hop dance and its essential elements. With a focus on Breaking and its deconstruction of body movements and choreographic forms, the course will emphasize the creative tools inherent in Breaking techniques and improvisational structures to support students to develop and find their own individual style. Viewings and readings videos will contextualize students’ investigations.




Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:20 pm


Raphael Xavier