Discover the evolution of Hip-Hop dance from the 1960s to present day and how centuries of movement and music contributes to Hip-Hop culture. Clyde Evans Jr. brings the fantastic forms of Hip-Hop together in a 30-minute lecture/demonstration presentation. Featuring the Funk phenomenon Lockin, and Poppin, to the raw moves of Breakin, Hip-Hop, & House, he covers as much as he can handle in this one-man show.
The presentation includes demonstration of different types of Hip-Hop dance, both historical and current, and describes the reasons for the movement and its connection to traditional African and Latin dance and cultures. The audience will also have the opportunity to get up, get involved and share the stage with him in this interactive presentation during the "Show Us Your Moves!" segment where participants can present their own style of Hip-Hop dance. So accompany us on this journey as we explore this great American cultural and social dance phenomenon, Hip-Hop.
Clyde Evans Jr. is originally from Port of Spain, Trinidad. He moved to West Philadelphia, where he developed his passion for Hip-Hop. As a young teen, he developed his skill and became a principal dancer for Rennie Harris's Puremovement for nine years, appearing on the 32nd Annual NAACP Awards, and in music videos with Will Smith and KRS-1. During which time he also worked on feature films such as 12 Monkeys and Up Close and Personal, as well as independent films and numerous commercials.
In 2001, Clyde began Chosen Dance Company (CDC) to offer an alternative to the violent, misogynistic influence Hip-Hop has on young people today. Since then, CDC has traveled to numerous schools spreading a message of respect for persons and culture. His message has reached Australia, where he led CDC in a performance at the Adelaide Festival of Arts. He also performed at the ESPN X-Games VIII in Philadelphia. His desire to present Hip-Hop in a way that is accessible to people of all ages influences everything he creates, as well as what he allows himself to be a part of.