Flushing Town Hall Kids’ Correspondents interview Flushing Town Hall artists, see our shows and review our programs.
In this interview, Michaiah interviews Rodney Hill, Company Manager and Director of Rennie Harris RHAW, on Friday, February 5, 2016.
RHAW (Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works) features today’s hottest ad brightest young street dancers who explore the evolution of street dance and hip-hop through innovative choreography.
On Saturday, February 6, Flushing Town Hall presented a three-tiered special event: a performance, workshop and 90-minute symposium. RHAW performed various styles of hip-hop and illustrated hip-hop’s roots in African tradition and culture throughout the Diasporas. These included African-American, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Puerto Rican cultures from the early sixties through today.
Ultimately RHAW teaches its dancers professionalism, production, street dance history, and technique in various styles of street dance. Downplaying the abstract while pushing its dramatic aesthetic, RHAW forges new paths for young hip-hop hopefuls and presents hip-hop in its “RHAW-est” form, taking it back to basics.
Rennie Harris originally founded RHAW in 2007 as a youth organization driven by community outreach, education (lectures and classes), as well as mentorship. Dr. Harris’ inspiration for this youth-driven company was inspired by an overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join his internationally renowned company Rennie Harris Puremovement.
Ultimately, RHAW is a training company that teaches its pre-professional dancers professionalism, production, Street Dance History, and technique in the various styles of street dance, such as Campbell Locking, Popping & Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House, and Hip hop social dance.
Learn more at www.flushingtownhall.org.