A co-partnered event with Institute for Dance Studies, we’re launching into dance research on Hip Hop.

The Book Launch

Please join us for a conversation about the groundbreaking Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance Studies on October 18th 2:30pm-4:30pm at Hart House. The talk will feature co-editor of the anthology, Professor Mary Fogarty, alongside contributing authors Dr. Serouj "Midus" Aprahamian, Diana "Fly Lady Di" Reyes and Dr. Rebecca Barnstaple.

Engaging with a broad range of research and performance genres, The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance Studies offers the most comprehensive research on Hip Hop dance to date. Filling a lacuna in both Hip Hop and dance studies, the Handbook places practitioners' voices at the forefront and in dialogue with theoretical insights, rooted in critical race theory, anticolonialism, intersectional feminism, and more.

Volume editors Mary Fogarty and Imani Kai Johnson have included influential dancers and scholars from around the world: from B-Boys Ken Swift, YNOT, and Storm, to practitioners of locking, waacking and House dance styles such as E. Moncell Durden, Terry Bright Kweku Ofosu, Fly Lady Di, and Leah McFly, and innovative academic work on Hip Hop dance by the most prominent researchers in the field. Throughout the Handbook contributors address individual and social histories of dance, Afrodiasporic and global lineages, the contribution of B-Girls from Honey Rockwell to Rokafella, the "studio-fication" of Hip Hop styles, and moves into theatre, TV, and the digital/social media space.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the book at a discounted rate ($100 CDN) and have their own copy of the Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance Studies signed. 

For further event inquiries, please contact Institute for Dance Studies RA Martin Austin at [email protected].

Special Guests

About IDS

The Institute for Dance Studies (IDS) is a research institute at the University of Toronto that advocates for dance studies within the academy, and for the value of dance beyond performance. Hosted within the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, IDS supports dance-focused scholars, students, and artists through meetings, events, working groups, workshops, practice pop-ups, resource sharing, and our annual Keynote Lecture and Workshop Series. IDS was founded in 2016 by Seika Boye following the “The Other D”: Locating Dance in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in Canada Symposium.

While IDS does not offer courses or grant degrees, it supports and collaborates with people working in a range of curricular and non-curricular contexts across disciplines, including Theatre and Performance Studies, Music, Kinesiology, Education, and Physiotherapy, and History.  

IDS has an ongoing partnership with Hart House. IDS and Hart House share a commitment to expanding dance-focused programming at the University of Toronto through community and academic collaborations. Learn more about Dance at Hart House here.


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  • Date: Wed, Oct 18, 2023
  • Time & Duration: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Cost:
    • UofT Students


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Music Room (2006)
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