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inspireDance Virtual Festival: inspireJam Classic Hip Hop Dance Master Class

"Classic Hip hop dance" is a term used to describe the styles that created the foundation of what is seen today in popular concert choreography and dance competitions. Breaking, Popping, Locking, and  Up/Rocking emerged in the late '70s in NYC.  In the '80s and '90s, other social dances appeared in response to the new rap music trends including New Jack Swing. This class will introduce students to basic movements in each of the styles with brief historical references that will help position today's trends in a continuum of urban expression giving them an intro to basic technique. These original dance styles, grounded in styles, grounded in previous dance movements such as Jazz, Capoeira, Tap dance, West African, and Salsa, help to frame today's commercial version of Hip Hop as a marketing ploy. Young dancers aware of their lineage can step confidently into their careers strengthened by a sense of ownership and legacy.

Ana "Rokafella" Garcia is an NYC native who has represented women in Hip-hop dance professionally over the past two decades. She co-founded Full Circle Prod Inc- NYC's only nonprofit Break Dance Theater company with her husband veteran Bboy Kwikstep generating theater pieces, original poetry, and NYC-based dance-related events. 

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The inspireDance Virtual Festival is from February 13 to March 7. 


Sunday, March 7 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Arts & Culture


General Public, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff, Graduate Students/Postdocs


humanities, diversity, performing arts



Program of Dance and Movement
Contact Phone or Email

(585) 273-5150

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