Hip Hop dance is a style of movement that emerged simultaneously in New York City and the West Coast in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and is deeply rooted in African American culture. Hip Hop dance is also part of a greater culture of hip hop that includes Deejaying, Graffiti, Emceeing, and Breaking. Join Bashaun Williams from SB Dance and Utah Valley University as he discusses the history and foundations of hip hop dance and then leads a short hip hop dance lesson.
Bashaun is a freelance dance artist & choreographer based in Salt Lake City. He started his formal dance training at the age of 16 in Lubbock, TX. In High school, he was captain of his Varsity Basketball team and a member of Ballet Lubbock’s pre-professional Company. After graduating in 2007, Bashaun moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah on both academic and artistic merit scholarships in the department of ballet. While at the U, he danced Principal and Soloist roles in the department’s resident company and graduated with honors in 2011.
Upon graduation, he joined Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City. During his ten year stint with the company, he had the privilege of touring throughout the United States, Africa, France, Japan, Mongolia and South Korea as a performer and educator. Bashaun is currently a performer with SB Dance in Salt Lake City, a teacher at Ballet West Academy, and an Adjunct Professor at Utah Valley University. He is forever grateful for the opportunity to perform, choreograph and collaborate within the wonderful community of Salt Lake City.