Hip Hop and House Dance Series

The Hip Hop and House Dance Series shares and explores Professor Duane Lee Holland Jr.’s three C’s for dance and culture:

  • Content: Engage with Professor Holland’s dance technique and authentic practice, honed over many years of study, performance, and research.
  • Context: Learn the contexts of the hip hop movement based on the dance communities and cultural moments that created them.
  • Citation: Honor dance styles and movements pioneered by the creators of hip hop, drawing particular attention to their existence as Black American art forms derived from African roots.

Dancers of all skill levels will experience four classes—each featuring different regional hip hop dance skills originating in New York City, California’s Bay Area, and Chicago. Through a focus on the styles of hip hop and house, participants will learn about five important elements of dance: popping, locking, breaking, hip hop, and house.

Each class will start with a warm-up followed by a presentation of the historical, cultural, and dance context of the movement. After we lay the foundation, participants will apply their skills through a movement lesson and improvisation basics.

When: At your convenience

Where: Online

Program Fee: $75 for all four courses, $25 for individual course

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Individual Courses

Hip Hop

Registration for Individual Courses Coming Soon

Program Fee: $25 each

Register for Lite Feet—New York City

Register for Hip Hop—California Bay Area


Registration for Individual Courses Coming Soon

Program Fee: $25 each

Register for House Style—Chicago Footwork

Register for Universal House Vocabulary
(Private Chi-town House and New York City Garage Style)


Duane Lee Holland Jr.

Position title: Assistant Professor of Dance

Duane Lee Holland Jr. began his career in gymnastics as a member of the Junior National Team. He launched his professional dance career at the age of 17 in the first hip hop theater dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. Holland appeared in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King as well as Maurice Hines’ Broadway production of Hot Feet, where he was a featured dancer and assistant choreographer. In 2015, Holland graduated magna cum laude from the University of Iowa with a master of fine arts degree in dance and a focus on choreography. Holland went on to join the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as their first full-time hip hop faculty member, and he is currently serving as an assistant professor of dance at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


If you have questions about the Hip Hop and House Dance Series, please email Arts Director Yorel Lashley at lashley@wisc.edu.