Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Free Style Hip-Hop is a dance class for students who are interested in the art of structured improvisation set to popular Hip- Hop music, old and new. Each student will contribute her or his on distinct movement vocabulary in a practice called "trading," where each dancer actually teaches other dancers how to do their moves. The course is organized around essential practices within Hip-Hop culture: sampling, call and response, mixing, and "the circle." Students will dance, create movement vocabulary, learn movement vocabulary as well as view Hip-Hop dance, live and recorded, as a stimulus for freestyle Hip-Hop.
The student will be able to use the movement vocabularies and various approaches to Hip-Hop dance covered during this course to creatively demonstrate comprehension of the material covered. Class will always begin with a warm up, movement vocabulary from instructor, “trading,” freestyle in the circle (the “cipher”), and then cool down to end the class. Some days we will look at movies to study various styles of Hip-Hop dances to learn vocabulary as well as discern the staple moves of Hip-Hop Dance.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
This is a recommended book for those interested in a deeper understanding of Hip_Hop as a movement and area of study:
That's the Joint! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, edited by Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal.