BRITTANY HARLIN

Brittany Harlin ’s influences are Hip Hop and Modern Pioneers. She studied dance at Loyola University Chicago. Her dancing has been featured in events such as Fantabuloso , Links Hall, and Dance Chicago. Her teaching philosophy is weighted in respecting the integrity of the street dance movement. Her goal is to create solidarity between diverse backgrounds, conducive to the intention of The Movement. Brittany’s focus is Hip Hop, Street Styles, & Somatic theory. Her hope is to bring dance education to a place of complete body awareness, spiritual expression, and connection. 

I am a performing artist with the mission to properly represent street dance on stage. Through my upcoming projects, I consult pioneers of the movement, and use somatic theory to craft a choreographic work with the intention, no matter the theme, to uphold the integrity of Hip Hop's socio-political movement. I create in order to learn alongside my audience members and grow alongside them in cultural honoring, empathy and self-identity. I'm deeply influenced by the members of the original emerging Hip Hop culture and wish to continue the folklore of how an entire worldwide art culture developed from systematic oppression.

—Brittany Harlin, Artist Statement

DURING THE LAB YEAR

With her project Breathing Through Vernacular Movement, Brittany will gather the knowledge of American vernacular dance of African diaspora -- street dance including elements of Funk, House, & Hip Hop -- through the concert dance lens. Using somatic theory connecting body & mind, Brittany will develop pedagogy, under mentorship of the pioneers of the art form, to connect movers to physical technique and mindfulness of the implications of adopting street movement - mainly the participation in the socio - political movement that is Hip Hop. Brittany will showcase a purely street dance-inspired production featuring movers and musicians from various backgrounds and understandings of the movement, to develop a cohesive theme of intention.

To find out more, visit www.chicagourbandance.org.

Photos: Melissa Morley Photography | Haley Shott Photography

Video: HMS Media