June 12 - July 23, 2023
Professor: Moncell Durden
Tuition: $295 member / $370 non-member
6 Weeks; 1.5 NDEO-Endorsed PDCs
Shaped by sociocultural and sociopolitical circumstances in the 1970s and developed during economic struggles and environmental turmoil, hip-hop gave voices to the restless and tumultuous inner-city youth. Its 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 students 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 discursive practices present in black vernacular / social dance, and its intersecting economic, political, and social dynamics of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Participants will engage in reflection, choreographic explorations, and written dialogue with classmates which will illuminate their personal, social and cultural dynamics of ethnic diversity. Additional course components include reading, video viewing and analysis, and writing assignments that allow students to focus their understanding of hip-hop dance.
Professor Durden will host a live (OPTIONAL) weekly Q&A Zoom discussion with the class on Saturdays at ?pm 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.
- June 24 at ?pm EST - What is Hip-Hop
- July 1 at ?pm EST - The Influences of Gang Culture in Hip-Hop
- July 8 at ?pm EST - The Continuum - Authentic/Vernacular Jazz
- July 15 at ?pm EST - Hip-Hop Theory and Practice
- July 22 at ?pm 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. https://us.humankinetics.com/products/beginning-hip-hop-dance-with-web-resource?_pos=2&_sid=d5d9183cc&_ss=r
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