Roots of Hip-Hop: Guest Performance from Rainbow Dance Company

Thank you to Rainbow Dance Company for sharing the gift of dance and music with our students in not one, but two performances -- first for Maternelle students, then for middle schoolers!


Valerie Bergman, Darryl Thomas and their ensemble of dancers took students on a high-energy adventure in cultural history, tracing the popular African-American dance style hip-hop back to its roots. The program kicked off with a new dance featuring the latest hip-hop and break-dance steps. Then, using authentic African instruments, audience participation, costumes and vignettes such as "hamboning" and "voguing," they recounted the journey of African-Americans from their homes in Africa though slavery to the present.