Hip Hop Master Class with Adesola Osakalumi at the Heritage School

During the fall semester, students in this class focused on the 5 elements of Hip Hop dance: Popping, B-Boy/B-Girl (Breakdance), Locking, House, and mainstream Hip Hop. Students studied the origin of each style from across the country, how the character of each community contributed to the creation of the five main styles, and the crews that made each style more mainstream.

his semester students are exploring stereotypes surrounding Hip Hop and Hip Hop dance.  Students are discussing ways they can present Hip Hop that could alter negative misconceptions. The class is exploring positive ways to impact the community using Hip Hop dance.  Students are continuing to ask and answer various guiding questions, including:  How does Hip Hop dance define my community?  How does Hip Hop and Hip Hop dance affect my life? How can a community affect the way you express yourself?  What defines culture?  What defines a community?  How is Hip Hop a culture?  How am I a part of it?


In the Master Class on Tuesday March 9th, Adesola Osakalumi will give students feedback on their work so far and add to existing choreography. Students will get the chance to ask for specific feedback on their pieces.

Adesola Osakalumi is an award-winning dancer, choreographer and member of the GhettOriginal Productions Dance Company (f/k/a Rhythm Technicians). He helped create Jam on the Groove which premiered Off-Broadway, toured around the world and won a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Choreography. Adesola has choreographed for and/or been a featured dancer with Mariah Carey, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, N’Sync, Joe, Dru Hill, and Amber. His credits also include: ABC Television’s Double Platinum (with Brandy and Diana Ross); choreography for the 2002 MTV Video Awards segment with Ja Rule, the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards segment with Jamie Foxx,  the Nike segment of BET’s Rip the Runway Fashion Show, commercials for PBS Kids, as well as Old Navy, Intel, and Levis. For film, he has choreographed for School of Rock, Marci X, and he is a principal dancer in Enchanted, Across the Universe and Idlewild. He has created dance for Eyewitness Blues and Mister at the New York Theatre Workshop, Hip Hop Wonderland at the New Victory Theater, Mo Moves at the Serious Fun Festival at Lincoln Center, Echo Park: The Hip Hop Musical at the Apollo Theater, and with the Doug Elkins Dance Company at the Joyce Theater. When not on stage or in front of the camera, Adesola is teaching or giving lecture/demonstrations about his craft. He has also taught Master Classes around the world and with Darrin Henson’s Dance Grooves – Part II.