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Know Your Streets: Knowledge, Moves, and Hip-​Hop Legacy with Rennie Harris Puremovement​

COURSE DATES: JULY 20 TO AUGUST 2, ​2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 10, 2021​​

Investigate the history and moves of street dance with Rennie Harris, the “Basquiat of the U.S. contemporary dance scene” and literal embodiment of hip-hop dance.

  • Learn history from the legend and hip hop master
  • Study with the most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America
  • Rennie Harris IS the pioneer of street dance theater
  • Explore storytelling street dance generated from real-life experiences
  • This course will culminate in a public performance of student work.


COURSE NUMBER/CREDITS

Undergraduate: DANCE 421, 3 units
Graduate/Post-baccalaureate: DANCE 621, 3 units

MATERIALS FEE

None

WHO SHOULD APPLY

This course welcomes all levels of abilities, interest, and experience; dancers who are willing to try on different street stylings, to grow creatively, and expand their knowledge of the “street” legacies and embodied histories

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Prepare a letter of interest telling why you would like to attend and what is important to you. Why is this course important to you? Include a photo or headshot.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by May 10, 2021.

COURSE COORDINATOR

Professor Gayle Fekete
(909) 869-2790


Guest Artists

Rennie Harris Puremovement

Rennie Harris Puremovement – www.rhpm.org

​Known for bringing social dances to the concert stage and coining the term Street Dance Theatre, Harris has broken new ground as one of the first hip-hop choreographers to set works on ballet-based companies including Mallet Memphis, Colorado Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), Giordano Dance Chicago, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and more. Harris has received three Bessie awards, five Black Theater Alvin Ailey awards, a Herb Alpert award, and has been nominated for a Lawrence Olivier award (UK). In 2017 he received the coveted Dance Magazine’s “Living Legend Award.” Harris was also voted one of the most influential people in the last one hundred years of Philadelphia’s history by City Paper. He has been compared to Basquiat, Alvin Ailey and Bob Fosse.

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