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Professor: E. Moncell Durden
Tuition: $295 member / $370 non-member
6 Weeks; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed PDCs
August 1 to September 11, 2022
As dance educators, we have a responsibility to give credit and respect to all forms by including context, heritage, and history in our lessons. Understanding and sharing the rich cultural context and stories behind hip-hop dance can not only enhance your teaching, but also grow respect for the hip-hop genre and those who created it.
Shaped by cultural and political circumstances in the 1970s and developed during economic struggles and environmental turmoil, hip-hop dance gave voices to the restless and tumultuous inner-city youth. Hip-hop’s roots are found in the social fabric of African and Afro-Diasporic concepts of communication that have re-inventions in ragtime, jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, and soul which culminated in hip-hop. This course will help you understand hip-hop vocabulary, terminology, and fundamentals as well as gain a contextual and historical overview of hip-hop dance and culture; its recurring cultural modes of discourse and practices woven into black vernacular / social dance, and its intersecting economic, political, and social dynamics of race, gender, sexuality, and class.
In this online course, you will engage in reflection, choreographic explorations, and written dialogue with your classmates to illuminate your personal, social and cultural dynamics of ethnic diversity. Additional course components include reading, video viewing and analysis, and writing assignments that allow you to focus your understanding of hip-hop dance.
Professor Durden will host a live weekly Q&A Zoom discussion with the class on Sunday’s at 5pm EST in lieu of written feedback to each student. He will be on hand to answer your questions and provide additional insight into the weekly topics. These sessions will be recorded for those that cannot attend the Live session.
- Aug. 7 at 5pm EST - What is Hip-Hop
- Aug. 14 at 5pm EST - The Influences of Gang Culture in Hip-Hop
- Aug. 21 at 5pm EST - The Continuum - Authentic/Vernacular Jazz
- Aug 28 at 5pm EST - Hip-Hop Theory and Practice
- Sept. 11 at 5pm EST - What I've Learned about Hip-Hop Dance
Due to the unique nature of this course, all students (including those auditing) are encouraged to fully participate in this course as peer-to-peer written feedback is a critical component of the Discussion Board posts. Peer-to peer feedback benefits participants by: 1) enhancing and practicing feedback skills; 2) providing opportunities to share thinking; 3) sharing lesson and curricular planning, and 4) creating networking opportunities and community support.
Book required: Durden, E. Moncell (2018) Beginning Hip Hop Dance: An interactive dance series. Human Kinetics. View book order option here or https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Hip-Hop-Dance-Interactive-ebook/dp/B07CV4LKZ9
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