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Teaching Hip Hop Dance: Context, Culture and Curriculum

high school age male and female dancers on stage in front of pink backdrop in a hip hop pose


May 20 to July 14, 2024

Professor:  Maria Daniel

Tuition: $365 member / $440 non-member

8 Weeks; 2 NDEO-Endorsed PDCs

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This course offers a dynamic exploration of Hip Hop Dance, inviting participants to delve into its various dimensions through the lenses of context, culture, and curriculum. You will acquire a holistic understanding of Hip Hop Dance, encompassing its historical roots, contextual significance, and varied influences, which are crucial for educators, researchers, and academics in dance studies. Moreover, we will delve into a spectrum of teaching strategies aimed at bolstering engagement, fostering creativity, and deepening comprehension of Hip Hop Dance, including mastering foundational techniques such as popping, locking, and breaking. You will learn to develop culturally responsive practices and exhibit sensitivity to the diverse perspectives within the expansive Hip Hop culture. This involves grappling with ethical considerations like cultural appropriation and misrepresentation, guiding students in making informed and respectful choices regarding movement, music, attire, and artistic expression within Hip Hop Dance curriculums.

Book required:  None

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Professor Bio

headshot of Maria Daniel, she is a black woman with black hair María Daniel is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, educator, author and attorney. She is a National Dance Foundation Partner and creator of the copyrighted Hip Hop Experience Dance Class (and Curriculum) which has been featured on CBS, NBC and in various states. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of iDance Ministry (dba iDance Experience) which serves culturally and economically diverse dancers who seek meaningful experiences in dance and mentoring. María Daniel advances Hip Hop Dance education in public schools in New Jersey and in New York City. María received 5 mayoral proclamations for her work through iDance and a 2023 Joint Resolution by the NJ Senate and Assembly (for her meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment as a dance educator who “leverages the creative arts to benefit those impacted by mental health issues, addiction, and … disabilities.” In addition to teaching dance and providing choreography, she coordinates National Dance Week programs, hosts dance workshops, coordinates dancer retreats and hosts teacher webinars. Her most personal Project is called “BrOKen” and it uses dance and visual art to explore mental health, disabilities and addiction while also depicting hope and a path to healing. María Daniel promotes equitable access to dance experiences for historically excluded/marginalized populations. She has received a 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteer Service Award, a 2023 Professional Business Woman of the Year Award (NANBPWC), a Director’s Award (from Dance the World Disney) and an Outstanding Director Award (from Dance Ministry Magazine).

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