HOW DID THIS ALL BEGIN?
The Hiplet™ journey started with a ballet created in the early 90’s called “The Rap Ballet”. It was set to rap music where dancers performed the “running man” and other popular dances on point. Then in 2005, one of the dancers was booked with the UniverSoul Circus, and Artistic Director Homer Hans Bryant started to play around with different Hip-Hop moves which eventually led to the development and trademark of the Hiplet™ technique.
Fast forward to today, after about a year of posting videos of the dancers in Hiplet™ class on Instagram, Só Bailarinos shared one of the videos on Facebook. Then BuzzFeed created a video telling the Hiplet™ story. Then Good Morning America called!
After going mega viral this summer videos of Hiplet are shared around the world via social media, reaching over 75 Million views to date. And the calls are still coming in…
CMDC is the only contemporary ballet school in the world that teaches the Hiplet™ technique, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. We’ve gotten calls and emails from across the country and we want to share the technique with as many dancers as possible.
Our goal is to train dancers and build a professional Hiplet™ dance company, and take the show on the road!
We are also planning to certify dance instructors to teach Hiplet™. A dancers knees and ankles have to be very strong. Not all ballet dancers are ready for this and we want to properly train instructors.
Hiplet™ fuses classical pointe technique with Hip-Hop and urban dance styles. It was specifically designed to make ballet accessible to all, by mixing it with current popular songs that will be familiar to audiences who don’t normally attend ballet performances.
At the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, we are empowering lives through dance! And we want to be able to accept any student that comes through our doors with talent, regardless of their economic ability.
So we are thankful for this opportunity to share our story with the world and our continued effort to empower beautiful young lives through the power of dance.
Through this new journey we hope to grow CMDC’s student enrollment and generate enough in donation and sponsorships to accept every financially challenged student who walks through our door via our scholarship program.
If someone wants to support us in “Empowering Lives Through Dance”, please contribute in our donate section.
Saturday, August 20th | Chicago
Chicago Westside Music Festival
featuring Kelly Price, Slick Rick The Ruler, and MC Lyte
Tuesday, September 6th | New York City
New York Fashion Week Event
Vogue Magazine's #MadeforHistory Event for Hillary Clinton hosted by Anna Wintour and Huma Abedin.
Friday, September 9th | Chicago
Charles Jenkins "Think About These Things" Album Release Concert, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Monday, September, 12th | New York City
Mercedes Benz + #Hiplet Fashion Week Event
Wednesday, September 28th | Chicago
Cusp Conference, Museum of Contemporary Art
Wednesday, October 5th | San Francisco
November 5th-12th | Chicago
Friday, October 21st | Chicago
Wabash Art Corridor - 618 S. Michigan, 2nd Floor - 6:30pm
Thursday, November 24th | Chicago
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, State Street
November 23rd–27th | St Thomas Virgin Island
Reicchold Center for the Arts
Vogue – Made For History, and Herstory: Anna Wintour, Huma Abedin, and Chelsea Clinton Launch a Collection for Hillary Clinton
The first show of this fashion season also happened to be the most significant. “Made For History” is a collection of 15 designers’ casual creations—t-shirts, bandanas, a canvas clutch, all on sale today—that not only represents a simple way to declare support for Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential bid, but also, last night, was transformed into a runway performance that was a meaningful kick-off to this fall’s international fashion weeks. More info
Cala la notte sul museo Mercedes-Benz di Stoccarda e allo spegnersi delle luci qualcosa prende vita tra le auto di lusso. I manichini iniziano a muoversi a passo di danza. Sono i ballerini di Hiplet™ del Chicago Multicultural Dance Center i protagonisti del nuovo episodio di Fashion Creatives by Mercedes-Benz. More info
You’d be forgiven for mistaking commercials for music videos, what with the increasing number of brands turning to the medium of dance to market their wares. Everyone is dancing: from Margaret Qualley in that wonderfully wacky Spike Jonze-directed Kenzo fragrance campaign to Serena Williams’ interpretive modern dance moves for Delta Airlines. More info
The now-viral Hiplet video of black girls in pointe shoes strutting, shimmying, and dropping it low as they move across the floor to Jason Derulo’s “If It Ain’t Love” has been viewed over 8.5 million times. What makes the hip-hop-ballet combo so eye-catching? To the average audience, hip-hop moves and music don’t usually go with pointe shoes and leotards. And people love seeing black girls “slay” at a traditionally white art form. More info
The ballet mastermind behind the viral videos showing ballerinas’ dancing on pointe to hip-hop songs said he created the new breed of dance to “stay relevant.” More info