Events

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.

Omari Wiles choreographed a new work fusing Afrobeats and vogueing dance styles for the dance program’s 2021 Princeton Dance Festival.

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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

Join a Class

Classes are free and open to Princeton students, faculty, and staff. Alumni interested in participating should email Cindy Rosenfeld at cr17@princeton.edu. 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.

Accessibility

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 LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least one week in advance of the event date.

 

About Omari Wiles

omari smiles with dark skin and black crop hair

Photo courtesy Omari Wiles

Omari Wiles was born in Senegal, West Africa. His passion for dance and the arts grew over many years of watching his mother and father Olukośe Wiles and Marie Basse Wiles dance and play the drums. His parents are the founders of the Maimouna Keita School of African Dance in New York City.

Omari has trained with Ron K Brown, Assane Konte, Ephrat Asherie, The House of Mizrahi and Marie Basse-Wiles. Over the years he has trained in Contemporary, Vogue, Hip-Hop, West African, and House dance.

Omari has performed with Rashaad Newsome, John Legend, Gargon City, Wunmi, Gala, The Maimouna Keita Dance company, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Forces and most recently choreographed and performed with recording artist Jidenna at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Omari loves to cook, act, and travel during his free time, and feels deeply committed to his role as a teacher in the community. Constantly looking to expand his knowledge of African-rooted dance forms, he has found his-own voice by creating “AfrikFusion” a style that fuses traditional African dances and Afrobeat styles with House dance and Vogue.

Omari Wiles received the status of Legend after 10 years of competing in the Vogue Ballroom scene in NYC.

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  • Program in Dance

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