Recidivism Deferred: A Hip-Hop Dance Blog



Aug 31

We have this habit as artists of espousing freedom whilst admonishing all mechanisms that lead to it. 
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org  

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We have this habit as artists of espousing freedom whilst admonishing all mechanisms that lead to it.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org

#instaquote #dance #dancerprobz #dancelife #quotes #Dancequotes #quotable #quotesbyfamouspeople #soul #inspiration #instagood #dancerlife

Aug 30

Dance is a gift from the limbs to the hearts of humanity. Because to share your soul in honesty is the greatest present a human can offer.
 - Yvonne Chow 
Education Director
hdcny.org  

#instaquote #quotes #quote #danz #dance #Dancequotes #dancers #dancerprobz #dancing #ballet #moderndance  #hiphopdance #soul #instagood #humanity #quotable #quotesbyfamouspeople

Dance is a gift from the limbs to the hearts of humanity. Because to share your soul in honesty is the greatest present a human can offer.
- Yvonne Chow
Education Director
hdcny.org

#instaquote #quotes #quote #danz #dance #Dancequotes #dancers #dancerprobz #dancing #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance #soul #instagood #humanity #quotable #quotesbyfamouspeople

Aug 29

Dance is about freedom not hesitation.
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory
hdcny.org .

#instaquote #dance #Dancequotes #dancers #quotes #quotable #dancelife #dancerlife #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance

Dance is about freedom not hesitation.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory
hdcny.org .

#instaquote #dance #Dancequotes #dancers #quotes #quotable #dancelife #dancerlife #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance

Aug 27

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!

Aug 27

"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.

Aug 23

The thing is, there’s very little difference between artistic creation and molecular biology. The respect of each field is rooted in social norms. We are taught via classical conditioning to view one as more important than the other. We aren’t born lambasting the arts as a career. We see it as important until someone tells us it’s not. So the solution is simple. Let’s spend an entire generation telling our children that art is just as valuable as medicine or law or business. That would influence a paradigm shift of epic proportions!
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
Theatre Of ThE Mind®
hdcny.org .

#instaquote #quotes #dance #Dancequotes #arts #science #artsed #quotesbyfamouspeople #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance #painting #love #dancelife #dancerlife #dancerprobz #love #instagood #inspiration #motivational

The thing is, there’s very little difference between artistic creation and molecular biology. The respect of each field is rooted in social norms. We are taught via classical conditioning to view one as more important than the other. We aren’t born lambasting the arts as a career. We see it as important until someone tells us it’s not. So the solution is simple. Let’s spend an entire generation telling our children that art is just as valuable as medicine or law or business. That would influence a paradigm shift of epic proportions!
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
Theatre Of ThE Mind®
hdcny.org .

#instaquote #quotes #dance #Dancequotes #arts #science #artsed #quotesbyfamouspeople #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance #painting #love #dancelife #dancerlife #dancerprobz #love #instagood #inspiration #motivational

Jul 28

A coin toss for decisions is not fairness. It is probability wrapped in the bedsheets of fairness. It devolves us of accountability while feigning neutrality towards the outcome. So we can say, “The coin decided.” It’s not the coin that “decided,” it was your decision not to make a decision which relegated the power to a coin. Don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining. 
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org 

#quotes #artsed #quotable #soul #dance #Dancequotes #instagood #fairness #decisions #quotesbyfamouspeople

A coin toss for decisions is not fairness. It is probability wrapped in the bedsheets of fairness. It devolves us of accountability while feigning neutrality towards the outcome. So we can say, “The coin decided.” It’s not the coin that “decided,” it was your decision not to make a decision which relegated the power to a coin. Don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org

#quotes #artsed #quotable #soul #dance #Dancequotes #instagood #fairness #decisions #quotesbyfamouspeople

Jul 25

I see a dancer’s mind as a reliquary of sorts. If well trained, it holds the wisdom from its dance predecessors and then shares parts of its vast bounty via movement. At the end of a performance it closes again holding and cultivating its treasure until the next reveal. 
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org 

#instaquote #quotes #dance #dancers #dancing #dancerprobz #Dancequotes #choreography #ballet #hiphopdance #quotesbyfamouspeople #moderndance #artsed #art #highered #soul #instagood

I see a dancer’s mind as a reliquary of sorts. If well trained, it holds the wisdom from its dance predecessors and then shares parts of its vast bounty via movement. At the end of a performance it closes again holding and cultivating its treasure until the next reveal.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org

#instaquote #quotes #dance #dancers #dancing #dancerprobz #Dancequotes #choreography #ballet #hiphopdance #quotesbyfamouspeople #moderndance #artsed #art #highered #soul #instagood

Jul 18

A dancers’s pursuit of “freedom” is often thwarted by viewing the masks they don as being their authentic selves.
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org 
#instaquote #quotes #dance #Dancequotes #dancers #quotable #quotesbyfamouspeople #instagood #inspiration #motivational #soul #artsed #art #ballet #moderndance  #clsssicaldance #commercialdance #LA #NYC

A dancers’s pursuit of “freedom” is often thwarted by viewing the masks they don as being their authentic selves.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org

#instaquote #quotes #dance #Dancequotes #dancers #quotable #quotesbyfamouspeople #instagood #inspiration #motivational #soul #artsed #art #ballet #moderndance #clsssicaldance #commercialdance #LA #NYC

Jul 16

As dancers, we often retreat into false morality, magniloquence and poetic reasoning to justify quitting something that presents a substantial challenge to our haphazardly constructed comfort zone.
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org .

#instaquote #quote #dancers #dancerprobz #Dancequotes #dance #ballet #quotes #quotesbyfamouspeople #quotable  #artsed #education #hiphop #hiphopdance #soul #instagood #motivational #inspiration

As dancers, we often retreat into false morality, magniloquence and poetic reasoning to justify quitting something that presents a substantial challenge to our haphazardly constructed comfort zone.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org .

#instaquote #quote #dancers #dancerprobz #Dancequotes #dance #ballet #quotes #quotesbyfamouspeople #quotable #artsed #education #hiphop #hiphopdance #soul #instagood #motivational #inspiration

Jul 10

Addressing what a woman is wearing, instead of addressing the men who are constantly infringing upon a woman’s right to feel safe in her own skin, is a gross miscalculation. This places the blame on women for street harassment, instead of on us as men.  
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org 

#instaquote #yesallwomen #youoksis? #quotes #quotesbyfamouspeople #streetharassment #instagood #motivational #sexism #feminism #soul #women #dancers

Addressing what a woman is wearing, instead of addressing the men who are constantly infringing upon a woman’s right to feel safe in her own skin, is a gross miscalculation. This places the blame on women for street harassment, instead of on us as men.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org

#instaquote #yesallwomen #youoksis? #quotes #quotesbyfamouspeople #streetharassment #instagood #motivational #sexism #feminism #soul #women #dancers

Jul 06

As in life, dance is not about speaking or self-expression alone. It is also a disciplined practice of listening. 
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org 

#instaquote #quote #quotable #dance #dancers #dancerprobz #dancequotes #inspiration #motivational #soul #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance #quotesbyfamouspeople

As in life, dance is not about speaking or self-expression alone. It is also a disciplined practice of listening.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org

#instaquote #quote #quotable #dance #dancers #dancerprobz #dancequotes #inspiration #motivational #soul #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance #quotesbyfamouspeople

Jul 06

Without dialogue with the music, we are making dance about us. It’s like going on a date and only talking about yourself. Like any significant conversation, our movements must be a response. An expression of our comprehension of the music’s message. A barometer or indicator of how well we are listening.
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org 

#instaquote #dancers #dancerprobz #dance #quotes #quotable #Dancequotes #quotesbyfamouspeople #inspirationalquotes #motivational #music #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance #HipHop #soul

Without dialogue with the music, we are making dance about us. It’s like going on a date and only talking about yourself. Like any significant conversation, our movements must be a response. An expression of our comprehension of the music’s message. A barometer or indicator of how well we are listening.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org

#instaquote #dancers #dancerprobz #dance #quotes #quotable #Dancequotes #quotesbyfamouspeople #inspirationalquotes #motivational #music #ballet #moderndance #hiphopdance #HipHop #soul

Jul 05

Many opine about the love they want. But very few speak about the love they have to give. Before we can want love, we must first cultivate our own garden of it. Otherwise we are looking for a love handout, not a love relationship. You don’t want love. You want  someone who has done the work you are unwilling to do. 
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org 

#instaquote #quote #love #lovequotes #inspiration #motivation #quotable #quotesbyfamouspeople #soul #instagood #motivationalspeaking

Many opine about the love they want. But very few speak about the love they have to give. Before we can want love, we must first cultivate our own garden of it. Otherwise we are looking for a love handout, not a love relationship. You don’t want love. You want someone who has done the work you are unwilling to do.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org

#instaquote #quote #love #lovequotes #inspiration #motivation #quotable #quotesbyfamouspeople #soul #instagood #motivationalspeaking

Jul 04

Many people celebrate holidays more out of social conditioning, than understanding. It’s just a day off with family and friends. When celebrating though, know what you’re celebrating and why. Don’t simply kowtow to the status quo of BBQ and beer. Not all holidays are inclusive of you at their root.
 - Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org.

#instaquote #quotes #holiday #July4th #quotesbyfamouspeople #quotable #dancerprobz #Dancequotes #culture #fireworks #dance

Many people celebrate holidays more out of social conditioning, than understanding. It’s just a day off with family and friends. When celebrating though, know what you’re celebrating and why. Don’t simply kowtow to the status quo of BBQ and beer. Not all holidays are inclusive of you at their root.
- Safi A. Thomas
Artistic Director
hdcny.org.

#instaquote #quotes #holiday #July4th #quotesbyfamouspeople #quotable #dancerprobz #Dancequotes #culture #fireworks #dance

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