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Breaking stereotypes of Hip Hop dance while paying homage to some of the dance world’s most influential choreographers, “reFRESH” is a must see performance. This full length performance features choreography from some of the DMV’s youngest and brightest choreographers.
We challenged our dancers to think about the most limiting belief of Hip Hop Dance. This discussion revealed the challenging perceptions that Hip Hop dance was viewed as a purely entertainment-based dance form, unlike more westernized styles such as ballet and modern. The limited perception of Hip Hop dance is a symptom of a larger bias towards the communities that created the art form, specifically the African Americans community. Our solution to this problem was to create more Hip Hop dance specifically at a level that parallels what we, as a society, see as high art.
In EDC’s “reFRESH”, teen and adult choreographers will study some of the world’s most iconic dance works and create original dances inspired by these pieces…but through a Hip Hop lens. Through this show, we seek to expand the narrow views that many have of Hip Hop and to a larger degree the communities that created it.