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Rennie Harris Guest Lecture

A Virtual Evening with Rennie Harris

cpde-residency.pngIn 1992, Harris founded the longest-running street dance theater company in American history Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater. The London Times called Harris "the Basquiat of the US"-and Rennie Harris was voted one of the most influential people in the last one hundred years of Philadelphia history. He's received 3 Bessie Awards-for Rome & Jewels-an American Hip-hop classic inspired by West Side Story. He’s received 4 Black Theater Alvin Ailey Awards, Herb Alpert Award in choreography, a Guggenheim, and he is a United States Rose Fellow. In addition, he is a recipient of the Dance Magazine Legend Award and Palm Desert Festivals Lifetime Achievement Award. Known for bringing "social" dances and styles to the "concert" stage Harris is the first street dancer to receive an honorary doctorate from Bates College (Lewiston, Maine) and an honorary doctorate from Columbia College (Chicago, Ill). He is also the first choreographer to set an evening-length work on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater -entitled Lazarus. Amongst critics, Lazarus is hailed as a modern-day version of Alvin Ailey's signature work "Revelations." Harris has performed for Queen Elizabeth, Princess of Monaco, and served as a Hip-hop ambassador for President Ronald Regan's US Embassy Tour (1986) and President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's Dance Motion USA in the Middle East 2012. Credited with coining the terms Hip-hop concert dance and street dance theater (1990's), Harris is considered the preeminent authority on Hip-hop and street dance culture. This son of North Philadelphia has been compared to 20th-century dance legends Bob Fosse and Alvin Ailey. Currently, Rennie Harris is a recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award (2020). "Harris is the most respected -and, to my knowledge, the most brilliant Hip-hop choreographer in America” -Joan Acocella- The New Yorke

3:30-5:00pm: Lecture on the History of Street Dance-VIEW NOW

7:00-9:00pm: Virtual Hip Hop Class-VIEW NOW