This co-curricular dance class series develops a diverse understanding of hip-hop’s foundational forms. With an emphasis on physical techniques, the class exposes dancers to the many dance forms that exist under the umbrella of hip-hop. Through the sessions, students will understand the basics of hip-hop’s form and will also be challenged to synthesize elements of groove, musicality, texture, footwork, and personal expression in their own individual improvisation. All experience levels welcome.

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Class Schedule

  • September 17 — Liam Lynch ’21
  • September 24 — Liam Lynch ’21
  • October 1 — Omari Wiles: Afrobeats
  • October 8 — Emily Pietruszka: Popping

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Classes are free and open to Princeton students, faculty, and staff. Alumni interested in participating should email Cindy Rosenfeld at No advance registration required, just drop in!

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COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests must either be fully vaccinated, or have recently tested negative (via PCR within 72 hours or via rapid antigen test within 8 hours of the scheduled visit) and be prepared to show proof if asked, or wear a face covering when indoors and around others.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityEllie’s Studio is wheelchair accessible. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations. Students in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.


About Emily Pietruszka

emily looks to left and smiles in sunshine, wears dark brimmed hat and long earringsEmily Pietruszka is a professional dance artist, teacher, and trainer. She began performing professionally in 2015 after graduating with her BFA in Dance from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 2018 she has been touring for the renowned street dance theater company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. Pietruszka has shown her own work in Philadelphia, PA, at the “Illadelph” street dance festival, “The Come Together Festival” hosted by Koresh Dance, “Here and Now vol. II” hosted by W.O.R.X, and as a guest choreographer at Franklin & Marshall College (PA). Emily has taught and guest lectured in various contexts including Mark Morris Dance Group (Brooklyn, NY), New Visions for Public Schools (Queens, NY), California State University, The Juilliard School (New York, NY), The Ailey School (New York, NYC), and for Rennie Harris University’s street dance certification program. Currently residing in Philly, she trains with local popping group FGK (@funkygunzcrew) and teaches at Philadelphia’s own street dance education studio, Urban Movement Arts. Emily operates her own online personal training business, Embodied by Em, and is the co-founder of Snack Break (@snackbreaklivearts), a project-based duo created in 2020 that specializes in street dance made for the concert stage.

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  • Program in Dance