Everybody Dance Now! presents Straight from the Innovators: hip hop history from those who helped shape it. This project was started to bring context and understanding of hip hop dance culture and it's roots. These interviews and tutorials offer stories from innovators and pioneers in street styles - allowing an authentic exchange of personal histories to dance students world-wide.
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For the last 20 years, Kim Holmes has emerged as one of the premiere, influential luminaries of the urban dance movement with unparalleled vibrancy, sensuality, and versatility. This legendary, leading lady and vanguard of Hip-Hop dance culture, has sought to redefine the face of the hip hop/urban dance movement as a heavily sought after dancer, choreographer, and Founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed, Universal Dance Movement. Her evolving intrigue in hip hop and house led her to an opportunity to tour and work with some of the top performers and influential artists within the music industry, including Jay-z, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot, Salt n Pepa, Mya, and a plethora of others. Kim’s rise within the hip-hop with her unique, stand-out, lively performances would lead her to collaborate with some of the most prominent choreographers throughout entertainment including Laurieann Gibson, Brian “Footwork” Green, Rhapsody James, Eartha Robinson, Marjory Smarth, Ejoe Wilson, Mickey Davidson, Rennie Harris, to name a few, earning her the reputation and title as the “Josephine Baker of Hip-Hop.” Ms. Holmes has also collaborated with a number of contemporary dance companies such as Mickey D and Friends, Opus Dance Theatre, Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance theatre, and World Soul. She is a much sought after teaching artist providing international and state-wide master class level instruction for prestigious dance institutions such as the Alvin Ailey Arts and Education Foundation, Peridance, and The Opus Dance Theatre Outreach Program and now her own company Universal Dance Movement which is devoted to exploration of movement, stories, and healing through dance emphasizing and reflecting her own diverse dance background.
Everybody Dance Now! is a national non-profit organization that provides free or low-cost hip hop dance to hundreds of youth each week. Please find out more at everybodydancenow.org.