“To honor and celebrate women in the culture by having women be the creators and producers of the work presented“ states Michele Byrd-McPhee, Founder/Executive Director with Ladies of Hip Hop Festival (LOHH).
Empowerment seems to be realest verb explaining why after 10 years of annual events, Michele Byrd-McPhee continues to inspire, motivate, and honor women in Hip Hop at the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival. Yes, ten years going on eleven for Byrd-McPhee celebrating women in all elements of Hip Hop culture with specific concentration on the dance.
A street dancer herself from Philadelphia, Michele found an important missing part in Hip Hop culture which needed specific attention: teaching and training women in all aspects of club/street dance. Eventually her own dance experience along with other friends and partners led to the creation of LOHH in 2004 as well in the future applying all elements of Hip Hop culture.
After 8 years of significant feedback and recognition within the community, LOHH made their mark in Europe by throwing a full ten days of events in Vienna, Austria. The event featured “three evenings of sold out shows, a jam packed panel discussion, and great workshops. It was a tremendous experience for the eight US instructors and performers, some traveling abroad for the first time ever,” says LOHH website.
“The festival is an event given by women, for women. Each year an elite group of female artists from around the world are selected to exhibit work, teach, and perform as part of the festival. The artists have extensive experience and understanding of the Hip-Hop culture and are qualified to pass on the traditions of Hip-Hop culture with accuracy and authenticity. Through education, performance and community exchanges this annual Hip-Hop festival puts the focuses on women and their relationship with Hip-Hop culture,” states LOHH website.
Our Interview with Executive Director, Michele Byrd-McPhee
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