Dance Here. Hip-Hop
Saturday, May 12 2012
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory will present a day of full-sensory exploration in an art form born in the South Bronx, which has since spread across the global sphere!
H+ AFTERNOON PROGRAM
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.: H+ Community Class in the Grand Ballroom (free)
The H+ Community Class is a hip-hop dance experience geared toward all skill levels. There will be multiple people to guide you through the process if you need assistance along with amazing instruction! Two hours of groove, sweat, fun, and hard work!
Please register online to RSVP your admission. Registration at the door is limited to first come, first serve. For ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. No entry fee required.
*Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in, as well as shoes that provide shock absorption.
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2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: AK47 Film Screening of "The History and Structure of Hip-Hop" & Discussion in the Billiards Room
After having engaged in the kinesthetics of hip-hop dance, express what you learned and how you felt with your peers. Ask the conservatory students any questions you may have about what it takes to be a professional hip-hop dancer. Gain more insight into this world-renowned institution through AK47 mini-documentaries detailing the conservatory student's day-to-day training. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.
H+ EVENING PROGRAMMING
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory Repertory Company Premiere Performance of Artistic Director Safi A. Thomas' "Little Red Riding Hood: Epitaph," $15
Buy tickets here.
Set in the 17th century, this upcoming repertory piece pays homage to the ancient origins of this classic tale dating back beyond 300 B.C. It is a depiction that explores a narrative long lost to the passage of time. Artistic Director Safi A. Thomas states, "It is a distinct representation of the intertwined narratives of ancient folklore, Perrault, Grimm, and even Hans Christian Anderson via 'The Little Match Girl.' " In this classical piece, Thomas explores gender, rape, sexuality, morality, violence, regret, patriarchy and female empowerment through this enigmatic rendition of a classic fairy tale.
Check out the trailer here.
11 p.m.: "Uthlanga," a party presented by The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory & Yvonne Christa Jewelry Company.
"Long ago, before man or any animals roamed the earth, there was just darkness and one very large seed. The seed sank into the earth and from it long reeds began to grow. They were called Uthlanga, which means the source of all things."
Silent auction of exclusive pieces from the Yvonne Christa jewelry collection will be modeled live. Wine will be served at cash bar. Uniquely catered desserts served.
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