How the History of Hip Hop Dance Has Led to a Struggle for Integration into Collegiate Dance Programs

Alexandra Rosen ’20

Interdisciplinary Major – Biology, Chemistry and Dance
Faculty Sponsor: Professor Elizabeth Ahearn


With hip hop being known as a street born culture it has sometimes been difficult to gain the respect of academia. However, it is clear to those who have learned and lived hip hop culture that the genre is built on the preservation of history and political resistance. Hip hop dance has evolved over time and has become a big part of American culture within the last decade (Hazzard-Donald). Many students are becoming interested in the dance form and have embodied the movement into their social culture.  This presentation weighs the historical and social political effects on hip hop dance and its integration into higher education and summarizes survey results from four institutions in Maryland.

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