Hip-Hop Culture, Women & the World: A Movement & Lecture Course
Course: Integrated Arts 310/610 (3 cr.) or Integrated Arts 330 (1 cr.)
Course Number: 72310/72332
Day/Time: Wednesdays / 2:15–4:05 p.m. Wednesdays will be synchronous (required time), and the rest of the course will be online.
Credits: 1 or 3 | Counts toward technique requirements for Dance majors
Location: Held remotely
Limit: 20 students across any discipline.
Prereq: None. No dance training is necessary.
Non UW-Madison students will need to apply in advance for special (non-degree) student access at: acsss.wisc.edu/special-student-types/
Description: Students will examine the roots of Hip-Hop culture and its current place as a global phenomenon with a specific focus on the history, contributions, and experiences of women in Hip-Hop. This course is a combination of movement and lecture.
The course will explore race, class, gender, sexuality, and politics through the lens of Hip-Hop culture. Students will engage with artists using visual art, spoken word, music, dance, and technology. This course will debunk perceptions and question students’ understanding of Hip-Hop culture. It will provide an introduction to the theory, practice, aesthetics, and historical foundations of Hip-Hop dance.
Guest artists include spoken word and recording artist Ursula Rucker; dancer, dance educator, and scholar LaTasha Barnes; curator, filmmaker, writer, and director of BlackStar festival Maori Holmes; and visual artist and graphic designer Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson.
Image: Loreto Jamlig.
- Watch“Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity” featuring Michele Byrd-McPhee, Duane Lee Holland Jr., Sofía Snow, Rob Dz, and Michael Ford is now available. This virtual event was part of the UW–Madison School of Education PLACE’s Real Talk for Real Change series.
- Assistant Professor Duane Lee Holland Jr., brings Michele Byrd-McPhee and senior VP of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, Anthony Denaro (aka YNOT) together for THE HARVEST, an evening of Hip-Hop theater and concert dance Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live.
- A recording of “Ursula Rucker and the Ladies of Hip Hop,” featuring Michele Byrd-McPhee, Assistant Professor Duane Holland, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, is now available on YouTube. The virtual event was part of the 2020 Passing the Mic Festival, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives.
- Michele Bryd-McPhee is one of the keynote speakers for the annual Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) National Conference. She will be joined by Assistant Professor Duane Lee Holland, Jr. for Creating Racial Justice & Change Through the Arts and Why It’s Important.”
- Tune in to our IG Live Chat series with Michele Byrd-McPhee and guest artists on Instagram (@uwmadisonarts) on Mondays at noon (CDT) through August 17, 2020.
October 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm CDT
Interdisciplinary Artist-in Residence Michele Byrd-McPhee will be joined by guest artist LaTasha Barnes for a virtual conversation. Barnes is an internationally recognized and awarded dancer, and educator and will talk about various dance forms and her research.
October 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CDT
Michele Bryd-McPhee is one of the keynote speakers for the annual Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) National Conference. She will be joined by Assistant Professor Duane Lee Holland, Jr. in UW-Madison’s Dance Department.
October 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm CDT
Michele Byrd-McPhee will be joined by guest artist Ursula Rucker. Rucker is a renowned spoken word and recording artist and activist. At this event, they will discuss her background and career.
October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm CDT
Guest artist Ursula Rucker and former Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Marc Bamuthi Joseph (spring 2007) will be in conversation during the 2020 Passing the Mic Festival.
November 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST
Michele Byrd-McPhee will be joined by guest artist Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson for a virtual conversation. Wilson will talk about her artistic practice and background in event planning.
November 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm CST
The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI)’s Just Bust! is Madison’s longest running open mic and is hosted virtually for the fall. Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson will provide a time lapse video of her creating artwork. She is a guest artist of Michele Byrd-McPhee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Residency.
November 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST
Join the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) for an interactive workshop with guest artist Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson on strengthening your artistic brand.
November 7, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm CST
THE HARVEST is an an evening of Hip-Hop theater and concert dance through the fundamentals and lens of Hip-Hop culture.
November 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST
In “Advancing Hip Hop as a Path Toward Equity,” hip hop artists, scholars, and educators will share artistic representations, discuss connections between hip hop and youth-led movements for Black lives, and share proven practices in hip hop education as paths toward youth empowerment and equity.