Let's show some love to our wonderful instructor, Lexi for an amazing spotlight class. First we want to give a huge thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday's class. We are always grateful for the support from our community to our artists. Lexi's class has several educational notes relating to the history of hip hop, its background and four elements. Saturday's class started off with a lesson on grooves that then led into an exercise exploring various party moves such as "Happy Feet," "Patty Duke" and "Biz Markie." Lexi closed out the workshop with an energetic piece to "Rhythm Nation" by Janet Jackson. Check out photos and videos from the workshop below.
Our Teachers: Lexi Nutkiewicz (she/her)
Event Staff: Rhealyn Serrano, Studio Host (she/her)
Operations Team: Jessica Rae (she/her), Diamond Thrower (she/her), JJ Ghera (they/them), and Andy Blake (he/him).
About the Spotlight: Designed for all levels, Lexi will provide students with a brief history of Hip-Hop, lead them through a series of essential Hip-Hop Party Moves and freestyle exercises, and tie everything together in a fun choreography! By the end of the workshop, students will have greater cultural and historical knowledge about Hip-Hop, grow their Hip-Hop foundations, and feel more comfortable free styling.
Date/Times: Saturday, April 8th, 2023 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: Rae Studios, 414 Mason St. 705, San Francisco, CA 94102
LEXI NUTKIEWICZ | IG: @lexinut7
Saturday, April 8th, 2023 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
$25 Early Bird
$30 General Admission
Donations for Hip Hop for Change available through Eventbrite.
Registration is required for this event.
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Meet the Instructors:
Lexi (she/her) is a New Jersey-born, California-raised dancer and choreographer with over 10 years of teaching and professional dance experience. Lexi’s passion for Hip-Hop began when she took her first Popping class at 7 years old. While she was heavily involved in soccer throughout childhood, she stopped playing at age 15 to focus on dance, choreographing for her dance team, attending master workshops in Los Angeles (Movement Lifestyle and Millenium Dance Complex), and teaching part-time youth and adult classes. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied Psychology and Dance and became heavily involved with the university’s street dance crew, VeRVE Collisionz. As captain of VeRVE, she helped organize the largest street dance competition in Colorado, acted as the creative director and choreographer, and kept up the team morale. After graduating in 2018, she moved to the Bay Area and joined Str8jacket Dance Company and currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator. With Str8jacket, she’s performed at several community events (Seoul Train, UNNIE, Presidio Picnic, San Mateo County Fair, Concert for Change), dance competitions (World of Dance, Prelude, VeRVE Collisionz), and events (BET Experience, ASAP Natin ‘To Bay Area, Adobe for All Conference, SF International Hip-Hop Dance Fest). She currently trains in Hip-Hop, House, Whacking/Waacking, Locking, and Popping.
She began teaching virtual Hip-Hop classes at Rae Studios during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In 2021, she co-founded Rae Studios’ professional development program called More Than Movement, which that aims to provide opportunities for Rae Studios’ instructors and staff to grow their teaching skills, social advocacy, and knowledge of dance history and culture through community building, education, and anti-racism work. She is also represented by Rae Agency and is the co-instructor of Grokker’s Dance Jam program, the platform’s first dance program.
Lexi is grateful for all of the training and performance opportunities, and looks forward to continuing her professional career in dance. Her goal as a teacher is to educate her students about Hip-Hop history and culture and create an inclusive and positive environment for her students to grow as dancers.
About Hip Hop 4 Change:
To enhance opportunities for marginalized people in the Bay Area, HipHopForChange Inc (HH4C) is reclaiming Hip Hop culture as a vehicle for education, empowerment, and cultural innovation. Out of displacement and neglect, inner-city neighborhoods birthed Hip Hop as an outlet for oppressed people to address socio-economic injustices and validate their experiences through music, artistic expression, and storytelling; however, this beautiful cultural art form has been co-opted.
White Media has historically portrayed Black and Brown communities through skewed frames and stereotypes by centering gross misrepresentations of our experiences and humanity. These media giants have used consumer capitalism and colonization tools to dictate the tone, narratives, and mediums by which people of color can adequately and safely express themselves. This unethical cultural hijacking has usurped Hip Hop's artistry, innovation, and power, caricaturing the culture as hyper-violent and hyper-sexual, promoting criminality, toxic masculinity, and materialism.
We provide solutions through Hip Hop culture by implementing grassroots organizing, arts programming, and educational events to advance our mission. We work with state and local partners such as the City of Oakland, the California Arts Council, the Zellerbach Foundation, the Sierra Club, and others that recognize the importance of arts and culture in POC communities.
We advocate for systemic change rooted in our community, owning the means of our creative production, amplifying our voices, and taking back our narrative. We recognize the colonial systems that use white supremacy to maintain practices that undermine communities of color by denying access to the opportunities needed to secure self-determination and liberty. Our core values stand with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our goal is to advocate for all marginalized communities, including POC, LGBTQAI, Indigenous/Tribes, Immigrants, disabled bodies, poverty-stricken, systems impacted, and others affected by colonialism in all its forms.
Check out this video of Lexi dancing with a fellow instructor to "Closer" by Saweetie, see more of their content on their Instagram @lexinut7
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