There’s a beauty and a beast to this culture we call Hip Hop. In one regard the beauty of seeing the culture and lifestyle spread across the globe since the late 70s knocks down a number of barriers allowing the world to come together through its four elements. Greater peace, deeper love, stronger unity, and the visual effect of seeing someone having fun all make up the true Hip Hop message.
On the flip side, organizations can take a culture water it down, mask it, and sell it to a larger body of audience calling it the real thing. It’s nothing new since the beginning of time and unfortunately happens in many different cultures, industries, and so on.
In Hip Hop and street dance styles we see conventions, classes, choreographers, events, and media misrepresent the foundation and real background of where these dances come from. Studios uses the general term “Hip Hop” for classes with Pop, Jazz, Dance, R&B, and other music to market the cool aspect of learning these dances.
There must be a way for Hip Hop and other street styles to be represented to correctly through knowledge, the foundations, and evolving the particular styles. That’s where, Street Style Lab, a week long platform of classes from a variety of different styles, and teachers, in the heart of New York City can help little by little institute the true culture back into the world.
The event states, “SSL provides a valuable platform for the legends and teachers of the art form to share knowledge and skills and promote artistic excellence for a local and international community of dancers.
Through classes about MUSIC and MOVEMENT, HISTORY and CULTURE, great events and fantastic parties in the MECCA of Hip Hop and birthplace of many street dances.. NEW YORK CITY!!“
Street Style Lab kicks off another year this week in New York City featuring some of the greatest street dancers and Hip Hop heads known in the US and Internationally. From Hip Hop to House to Breaking to Waacking to Popping names like Tyronne Proctor, Popin Pete, Mr. Wiggles, Kapela, Caleaf, Marjory Smarth, and many others will be sharing their dance and their knowledge from October 12-18.
“STREET STYLE LAB IS A COMPLETE PROGRAM FOCUSED ON THE FOUNDATION OF STREET DANCE CULTURE IN NEW YORK CITY. AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER STUDENTS OF STREET CULTURE A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE TASTE OF THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THOSE CULTURES
ATTENDEES GET A WELL-ROUNDED EXPERIENCE THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO EXPLORE THE MOVEMENT, LEARN THE VARIETIES OF STREET STYLES, AND OBTAIN HISTORICAL REFERENCE TO THE CULTURES THAT ARE STILL CELEBRATED AND NURTURED. IT IS ABOUT THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF A GLOBAL COMMUNITY,” via Street Style Lab website.