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Hip Hop Summer Camp

// Monday, Jan 1, 12am ET

Daily 9AM - 2PM
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Recommended for ages 6-18. Participants will be grouped by age and skill level.


Students will gain a broader cultural perspective and embrace the many layers of their personalities by exploring freestyle dance, party dances, popping, Krump and breakdancing in the culture and art movement dance style known as hip-hop, which originated among African Americans, Latino Americans and Caribbean Americans in the Bronx, New York City.


All camp programing and curriculum will be overseen by Justin Sears-Watson, artistic director of Phoenix Rising Dance Company. Instructors have been specifically chosen and placed with classes based on the dance techniques in which they have extensive training.


Day 1: Students will discuss where choreographers find inspiration and begin learning freestyle and improvisational movement, including how to construct freestyle dances complete with a beginning, middle and end.


Day 2: Students will explore body, energy, space and time while learning the history of hip-hop, especially popping and its foundations.


Day 3: Students will begin to work with others by providing and receiving feedback as they explore the shapes and movements of partnering, hip-hop party dances and breakdancing, with instruction from 31Svn Street Dance Academy.


Day 4: Students will connect to their emotions while learning about Krump, a style popularized by the movie Rise, and exploring hip-hop moves that started as cultural dance.


Day 5: Students will spend the day rehearsing with feedback from instructors as they prepare for a blowout performance alongside dancers from Phoenix Rising and special guest street dance crew ICNH. Students will receive graduation certificates and perform in the student showcase.


Family and friends are invited to join us for the closing performance Friday in the Studio Theater.


A minimum of 15 students is required to conduct the camp.



About Phoenix Rising Dance Company

Phoenix Rising Dance Company was founded in 2014 by Justin and Will Sears-Watson as the Indiana Contemporary Dance Company. After a year of performing around the city, mainly at community events and charity galas, they opened Phoenix Rising Dance Studios and changed the company’s name to reflect its new home. Phoenix Rising Dance Company is the resident dance company at the new Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.


Phoenix Rising Dance Company uses the National Academic Standards for Dance in creating its programs.

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