Giving Hip Hop Dance the Respect it Deserves

Nasty Ray performs at this years San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest

Nasty Ray performs at this years San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest (Photo: Courtesy of SF Hip Hop DanceFest)

The Hip Hop Dance Fest is back for its 19th year. For dancers, this is a chance to take master classes in breaking, locking, strutting, Memphis jooking and other hip hop styles. For the rest of us, it’s just an amazing display of rhythmic prowess. Festival founder and artistic director Micaya says the festival is her chance to showcase people who don’t get the same respect as ballet or modern dancers do, like San Francisco’s Medea Sirkas, Oakland’s New Style Motherlode, and troupes from around the world. Jamedra Brown Fleischman says she and her young daughter had a blast taking a dance class from New Style Motherlode, a bona fide legend on the Oakland dance scene. The festival goes on all weekend at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts; details here. 

Giving Hip Hop Dance the Respect it Deserves 15 November,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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