“People treat Hip Hop like an isolated phenomenon.
They don’t treat it as a continuum, a history or legacy.
And it really is. And like all mediums or movement, it came out of a need.”
Versa-Style: Performance Education Community aims to educate youth through the performance of Hip Hop and other Streetdance styles that are relevant to their community and life. We bring a dynamic one-hour show to public schools in Los Angeles that inspires self-efficacy in our students and provides a new perspective on the impact arts can have in their communities. Performances demonstrate Streetdance foundation, lively choreography, and the history of Hip Hop dance culture. As a collective, we strive to reach underprivileged schools who do not often see positive representations of themselves and would otherwise not have access to a professional dance experience. This can lead to VS:PEC teaching artists holding school dance workshops and establishing a flourishing partnership.
School Dance Workshops
Participants will learn the foundation and technique of Hip Hop social dances from the late 80’s and early 90’s to the modern era, creating an exciting social dance experience through freestyle and choreography. Through the practice of demonstrated movements across-the-floor and within a cypher, students will gain more awareness of the true essence of Hip Hop dance culture and its history. Let’s get down, learn some foundation and add flavor to your freestyle!
These unique opportunities are offered at no cost to Title I schools. If you are interested in bringing us to your school for an in-school, after school or special school event performance, please contact Cynthia Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, we partner with Title I elementary, middle and high schools across Los Angeles to bring a Hip Hop dance teaching artist to their campus. Trained instructors work side-by-side with classroom teachers and school sites as guest teachers, artists-in-residence, or even after school program directors. We introduce various Streetdance forms into the curriculum and/or provide performance material for a variety of class projects and programs. Participating students cultivate self-efficacy by learning and connecting to dances that are culturally significant to their communities, leading to a community-building experience.
If you are interested in bringing one of our Teaching Artists to your school, please contact Harry Weston at email@example.com for additional information.
Current School-Site Partners
Abraham Lincoln High School
Canoga Park High School
Carlos Santana Elementary School
East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet
Hamilton High School
Hollywood High School
Irving STEAM Magnet School
John Marshall High School
Pacoima Middle School
Van Nuys High School