“The Principles of Hip Hop: Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun”
Hip Hop Fundamentals is a diverse team of B-Boys (breakdancers) who use their footwork, freezes, and powermoves to inspire, educate, and entertain young and old alike. But, don’t be fooled. These guys can pop lock, head spin, and floor rock with the best B-Boys and B-Girls around. Learn more: http://www.hiphopfundamentals.com/#!about/crm4
Using the dynamic American art form of Breaking, interactive conversation, and audience participation, Hip Hop Fundamentals will guide the audience on an exploration of hip hop music and dance, and its diverse history. This program stresses respect, youth empowerment, health and fitness, cooperation, and active learning. The show is approximately forty-five minutes in length.
Dancer-educators, Mark “Metal” Wong, Steve “Believe” Lunger, and Aaron Troisi use breaking to show young people how, by expressing themselves together through dance, rhythm and rhymes – or, as they would say, through hip-hop, beats, and emceeing or rapping – they can make a difference in their communities.
Since 2004, the company has performed hundreds of shows across the United States. Co-founded by Wong and Lunger, and with the addition of professional educator Aaron Troisi to the troupe, Hip Hop Fundamentals has presented a TEDx Talk in Bermuda, lecturing on the power of creative education and Hip Hop as an educational tool; had their educational philosophy published in Advocating Creatively, a Columbia University book on social change pioneers; and had featured articles about their dancing abilities and educational philosophies appear in such publications as Dance Studio Life Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Weekly Newspaper (cover story). Hip Hop Fundamentals also has been featured on Good Day Philadelphia and Fox 29 News.
“Ready, Set, Go Around the Americas!”
The audience will accompany 123 Andrés on a movement-filled marathon around the Americas with stops to learn about music and dance. 123 Andrés encourages children and their families to share experiences, joy, and laughter through songs and movement. His performs bilingually in English and Spanish and provides his own accompaniment with guitar, clarinet, and saxophone.
Music has proven to be a powerful tool to develop self-esteem, language acquisition, literacy, and social skills and 123 Andrés knows how to power up the tool. This show is approximately forty-five minutes in length and is sure to have everyone on their feet and singing as they learn about the diverse culture of the Americas.
123 Andrés is considered one of the most exciting voices in international family music today as was heralded by Billboard as a “rock star for little language learners.” He has been featured on CNN en Español, Univision, and Telemundo stations throughout the country. His music has been heard on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner. In addition to critical acclaim for his music, Andrés Salguero holds a Doctorate degree in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.