Hip-Hop Gets Grounded
Anne Tschida Of Artburst.com
Want to get serious about locking, popping, hip-hop, house, and b-boy/b-girl moves? Well, maybe not too serious, but a dance style that originated in the streets has become a dominant form of movement throughout the world, with a real history and structure. That's what organizers of the 2011 Illadelph Legends Festival want you to know -- and they want you to experience it firsthand. Founded by hip-hop choreography star Rennie Harris, this festival has been taking place for a dozen years in his hometown of Philadelphia. Now, for the first time, it moves to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, where instructors and performers, including some of the most electric and eclectic leaders in the various urban dance arenas, will hold workshops, demonstrations, open jam sessions, and panel discussions. It all begins this Sunday and runs through August 7. This year, the festival's emphasis is on reaching out to a young generation and on highlighting the African-American and Latino roots of the genre.