Kids Make Dance combines child-centered dance-making with digital technologies and social media. Our first pilot project, Kids Make Hip Hop, took place in July 2009 in Queens, New York. For this project, we invited children of all ages with and without backgrounds in dance to create their own hip hop routines and document their work with low-cost video camcorders and digital cameras.
On this website, we invite you to enjoy the extensive multimedia content, learn about the ideas that informed this project, and read about the dance and Internet educators who launched this initiative.
After kids wrote their own poetry, they joined-up with a fellow student who created an improvised hip hop routine:
My name is Kristen A.K.A. Blue
You wanna see me dance I could show you some moves too.
I don’t play around when it comes to break dancing
I’m too fast for you I only stay on hands, man.
I’m the color of the sky and as fresh as the water.
I do what I do to make you say “OH!”