Hip Hop 50: Celebrating Hip Hop Dance Scholarship

September 20, 2023

Location: Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center

August 1973 is acknowledged as the critical moment of the emergence of Hip Hop, as innovated by Black and Brown youth in New York City. To celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary and dance in Hip Hop as a global phenomenon, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, home to one of the nation’s largest contingents of faculty in higher education with Hip Hop dance expertise, will host a dynamic festival of panels, workshops, and dancing.

Admission is free. Reservations required.


“Celebrating Hip Hop Dance Scholarship” is the first of three parts.


5:00–6:00 PM: A musical essay by DJ Lynnée Denise, 2022 Sterling Brown Visiting Professor at Williams College and founder of “DJ Scholarship,” who has re-positioned the role of the DJ from party purveyor to archivist, cultural custodian, and information specialist.
6:00–7:00 PM: Reception with food and drink.
7:00–8:30 PM: Hip Hop scholarship panel celebrating the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance Studies with editors Imani Kai Johnson and Mary Fogarty in conversation with USC Kaufman professors E. Moncell Durden and Naomi Bragin.
8:30–10:00 PM: Hip Hop dance workshops open to all (registration and liability waiver required).

Presented by USC Visions and Voices. Organized by artistic lead and curator d. Sabela grimes (Dance). Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and La CASA.

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