9/6/19-9/7/19: Dancing Cy(i)phers: Hip Hop’s Embodied Expression (of Resilience)

9/6/19-9/7/19: Dancing Cy(i)phers: Hip Hop’s Embodied Expression (of Resilience)



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The Dancing Cy(i)phers event was a unique opportunity for students to not only hear about the history and evolution of Black diasporic dance movements, but to also take their bodies on the trek of that evolution that bridged gaps between old and new.” — Anna Sharpe, UC Berkeley student.

Dancing Ci(y)phers: Hip Hop’s Embodied Expression (of Resilience)

As a two-day long symposium and workshop offering, Dancing Ci(y)phers: Hip Hop’s Embodied Expression (of Resilience) will bring together dance communities interested in hip hop and other African American social dance. The event will delve into hip hop dance’s history, culture, and the scholarship around its global impact and ancestral connections to specific African dance traditions. Panel discussions and master classes led by distinguished dance artists—Oakland natives Traci Bartlow and Darrin Hodges, Richmond natives, Jamar Welch and Latanya d. Tigner, Brooklyn natives, Ejoe Wilson, Henry Link and Buddah Stretch– will give participants a glimpse of the cultural and socio-political-economic landscape from vernacular jazz, Lindy Hop, Hip Hop, House, Boogaloo, and the Motown style emerged regionally in African American communities. Participants will also learn the origin and purpose of the African dances to which these forms have connections. The day will conclude with a workshop in African Dance Presence in Hip Hop open cy(i)pher. Note: Participants must attend the panel discussion in order to take the dance classes.


Exact panel topics and class schedule TBA

Friday, September 6 – 6-9pm (panel and 1 class)

Saturday, September 7 – 10-7pm (classes and cy(i)pher)

Dancing Cy(i)phers will provide snacks, fruit and water throughout the day, but we advise participants to bring a lunch. There is a cafe located on the street level of the Malonga Center.

Transportation: We advise folks to ride BART (12th Street/City Center) and walk four blocks to the Malonga. Parking in this area is challenging on Saturdays due to contruction in this residential neighborhood.