Intermediate Hip-Hop Dance
This course provides an in depth exploration of the theory, practice, aesthetics, and historical foundations of hip-hop dance. Students will explore the roots of funk and hip-hop dance in the social fabric of African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin cultures while examining reinventions of ragtime, swing, and rock 'n' roll throughout the 20th century in America. Students will explore personal, social, and cultural dynamics of race and the diversity of hip-hop culture in the United States. The course's goals are to develop an awareness of hip-hop dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific hip-hop dance forms; to increase cardiovascular conditioning, strength, coordination, and flexibility; and to increase understanding of hip-hop dance as a cultural document and to gain understanding of the history and impact of this form.