Safi A. Thomas is the Artistic Director of The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory in NYC. This blog centers primarily on his thoughts on hip-hop dance and the need for pedagogy but also includes his philosophies on life as well. Feel free to reblog and share his words. Here is his story...
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    Anyone from any culture is welcome to dance hip-hop. You are not however allowed to do random movements to hip-hop music and purport to be dancing or choreographing hip-hop.

    You also cannot say that you are evolving the dance when your movements are not derived from the cultural invention itself. That’s like me saying I’m evolving ballet by just playing Mozart and jumping up and down. If my movements are not rooted in the foundations of ballet I cannot say I’m dancing ballet.

    Over a century ago there were those who created an entirely new art-form that stemmed from ballet, they did not however call it “lyrical ballet” they called it modern dance. Because it is NOT ballet.

    "Lyrical hip-hop" is NOT hip-hop.

    Dance team choreo (unless rooted in real hip-hop) is NOT hip-hop.

    Random jerky movements to hip-hop music is NOT hip-hop.

    Also, there is no such thing as “old school” hip-hop moves. It is HIP-HOP! Is a pirouette an “old school” ballet move? Is a pas de bourree “old school” jazz? Or are these foundational movement vocabulary aspects of these arts? Let’s use our brains people. There’s an entire generation of people out there who are seeking guidance and dance knowledge. Let’s not disappointment them!

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    "You’re tough like a man!"

    "You hit like a man!"

    "You play like a man!"

    You fight like a dude!”

    "You dance like a dude!"

    Why is it when a woman is proficient in something they are automatically compared to a man? Why can’t their strength, focus, discipline and tenacity be given it’s own merit? And why do both men and women think the above statements are compliments? They aren’t! Statements like those only perpetuate the dissolution of femininity for the pursuit of masculinity instead of the cultivation of self-identity as a woman.

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