Among the recent speakers participating in the 2013 TEDx conference in Bermuda was Philadelphia-based dance crew Hip Hop Fundamentals.
On Martin Luther King Day, (Jan. 20)you can see this dance crew use the principles of Hip Hop to teach the history of the Civil Rights Movement with a free
performance beginning at noon at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Hip Hop Fundamentals will be performing their show “Civil Rights Movements: The Power of Youth Engagement Through The Eyes of Dr. King” as part of the
museum’s observance of the King Holiday. This group of local dancers and educators are getting international attention for their unconventional style: of
using hip-hop to teach academic content and social issues. True to their eclectic form, the group mixed breakdance performance, speaking, theater, comedy,
music, and audience participation together to teach physics at the 2013 TEDx conference in Bermuda.
“We use a culture young people create to engage them in learning academic content,” said Fundamentals co-owner Stephen Lunger. “That’s the power of our
work, and we love what we do.”
According to their website, TED is an internationally recognized forum for “ideas worth spreading” and it was the perfect opportunity for Hip Hop
Fundamentals to share their teaching philosophy of youth empowerment through participatory education. A video of the group’s talk, “Learning Through
Breaking,” is currently available online.
“They describe a beautiful, interactive education system that works with students intuitively to impart knowledge and not extract test scores,” said local
high school student Koby Leff of the group’s TED talk. “If our education system is to have a future, this is what it looks like.”
While this talk was given in Bermuda, the group believes its lessons can be applied here in Philadelphia., they say. Facing increased standardization in
testing and in teaching, educators, administrators, parents, and residents can learn a thing or two from Hip Hop Fundamentals’ exciting and inspiring
presentation. In the talk, the crew discusses and, more importantly, demonstrates that teaching can and should be interactive, personal, empowering, and
Coming to see the Civil Rights show at AAMP will make any parent a believer in the group’s mission, co-owner Mark Wong said.
“Come see the Civil Rights show. You’re going to love it, and you’re going to learn something.”
Admission is free.