Homer Hans Bryant's hybrid dance style fuses hip-hop and ballet

The artistic director of the Chicago Multicultural Dance Centre explains what the new dance style called hiplet is.
Hiplet is the fusion of hip hop and ballet dancing and was created by Homer Hans Bryant, the artistic director of the Chicago Multicultural Dance Centre. (Steven Capers)

Creator of hiplet, Homer Hans Bryant, designed a hybrid dance style that combines elements of ballet and hip-hop. Bryant describes the dance "like classical ballet, African hip-hop, all done to the discipline and strength of being on pointe." Hiplet began in the 90s as a way to fuse rap music and ballet. Today, videos of hiplet dancers hold millions of views on social media.

"Black girls in pink tights. It's a terrible disconnect," Bryant points out. In order to tackle this issue, the hiplet creator suggests that dance schools encourage students to wear tights that match the colour of their skin.  Bryant says "it's a very empowering thing if you look in the mirror and you see yourself." This is what hiplet is all about. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the hiplet dance Tom refers to below.


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