HIP-HOP: Healing, Intelligence, Purpose- Hate, Obnoxious, Pain. Like anything and everything in this world, Hip-hop contains both good and bad. However, what side you stand on as you claim, “I am Hip-hop” is what decides the fate, memory, and trajectory of the culture. KRS-One claims that one of the first rules to being a Hip-hoppa’ [...]
When Will the Ghetto’s Creation “Infest” the “Pristine” Fabric of the Institution?
I want to tell y’all a story 'cuz Hip-hop showed me something… I remember witnessing 20-plus students in my classroom allow fear and insecurity to inhibit them from comforting and helping a couple of vulnerable students. See, I had given the class a task: Create a circle One person at a time: go into [...]
Where White People Say “Nigga” Freely: Reflection of my Kendrick Lamar Concert Experience
Two weekends ago I was the most excited I’ve been in a while. I was going to see one of the most prominent figures in Hip-hop music and culture: Kendrick Lamar. I was hype because although I’m a Hip-hop dancer, I really don’t get down with a lot of rappers. Kendrick, however, is one of [...]
What Happens When The Club Makes Its Way to The Stage?
I’ve just returned to Columbus from a wonderful 3 weeks at Bates Dance Festival. During my time there, there were a lot of discussions regarding choreographers’ processes when making work. During our second week at the festival, we were fortunate enough to see Robert Moses and his company, Robert Moses Kin, a contemporary dance company [...]
Commercial Hiphop Dance as the New Face of Reverse Minstrelsy?
This post is pretty long, so if you're more in for a shorter read, start at the asterisks below. Yoooo…I’m headed into my last year as a graduate student at Ohio State! I am pumped, but the idea of delving into the professional world after years of anticipation is tripping me up. As the time [...]
Get Groovy Reflection: Is Teaching More About My Subject Or My Student?
A little more than a week ago, I completed one of the most ambitious goals I’ve ever set for myself—the production of an online dance course. This course is a culmination of the saturated learning experiences during my short time as a teacher. Releasing the Get Groovy course got me thinking about the journey that [...]
SYTYCD Reflection #2: So You Think You Can Choreograph?!
As I’m watching the show this week, my housemate comes up to me and starts our common bashing of the show after we hear Nigel talk about technique and pointed feet like the two are mutually exclusive to each other. But this time, I was like, “ Nah, stop it, I’m too tired to be [...]
SYTYCD Reflection: You’re White & You Don’t Do Hiphop…You Must Be A Stage Dancer
So You Think You Can Dance has strutted its way back onto the mainstream airway's stage for another Summer of dramatic and duet-filled dancing. The shows 12th season premiered Monday, June 1st, bringing back much of the same, but also incorporating a huge new twist! (Don't get fooled by the exclamation point, I'm really not that excited [...]
Hiphop Lesson #2: Master the Basics (Part 1)
In a time period where the word "basic" is used to describe people as shallow or dull, I have recently experienced numerous situations that reminded me of how valuable being a slave to the basics can be. I consider the first level of mastery in any art form, and maybe even in any profession, to [...]
Growing From The Rain: A 2nd Year Grad School Testimonial
This past semester I was honored to give a talk about passion to a group of undergraduate students at The Ohio State University through an event called "What's Your Number" hosted by Vanessa Scott. Through this event, I was reminded of how powerful testimonies can be. Sometimes, it is not about preaching what others should [...]