Internationally recognized hip hop dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Amirah Sackett, will lead a hip hop dance master class on the foundational movement styles of top rocking, breaking, popping, and tutting. Amirah will also discuss her work which explores and embodies her Muslim American identity through combining hip hop movement and Islamic themes.
For all levels of experience and open to observers. Participants must be age 18 or over.
Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers.
Harvard Dance Center Master Classes are open to the Boston dance community, with priority given to Harvard University Undergraduate students.
This master class is in partnership with the Learning for Performers Program of the Office for the Arts. All Harvard undergraduate students are also invited for lunch and discussion with Amirah Sackett, 12-1pm, Wednesday, October 16 at 74 Mt. Auburn St. as part of the OFA's ArtsBites series! Food is free; seating is limited to 20 undergrads. RSVP here to reserve your spot at the table.
ABOUT AMIRAH SACKETT
Amirah Sackett is a Muslim American dancer, choreographer, educator, and activist. She explores and embodies her Muslim American identity through hip hop movement and Islamic themes. In 2011, Amirah formed the company and performance piece entitled “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic.” Sackett and her dancers received millions of views as featured in rapper Brother Ali’s music video “Mourning in America” in 2012 and received the prestigious Sage Cowles Award for “Best Ensemble Performance” in 2013. In 2014,Sackett traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of “Next Level” a hip hop cultural exchange program by the U.S. State Department and the University of North Carolina. In 2016, Sackett’s activism, dismantling stereotypes of Muslim women through her work “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic”, reached viral video fame after being featured on POPSUGAR Celebrity, The Huffington Post, AJ+, and Upworthy will millions of views each.
In 2016, Sackett was a TEDx speaker, hosted a workshop at Harvard University, and was honored as one of “17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great in 2016” in The Huffington Post. Sackett performed in and co-directed “Footsteps in the Dark – Journey of Hip-Hop Movement”, a show featuring an international Muslim cast of dancers, produced by Words Beats and Life in 2017 and 2018 in Washington D.C. She traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii as a resident guest artist at Shangri La Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, a museum dedicated to Islamic Arts.
In 2018, Amirah did a two week teaching residency in Malaysia called “The Get Down Session” with fellow Muslim American b-girl, Mary Mar, made possible by the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur and Orbitujuh Productions. Currently, Amirah is lecturing and touring her solo works “Love Embraces All” and “Qadr” that are based on the poetry of 13th century Islamic scholar, poet, and mystic Rumi around the world. Most recently, she further explored combining her love of Rumi’s poetry and hip-hop movement by choreographing a full length work entitled “Al Nafs” set on the company Chicago Dance Crash, made possible by Moraine Valley Community College in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, with additional support provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Based in Chicago, Sackett continues to teach the next generation and encourage future artists to use hip hop culture as a way to uplift, inspire, and bring change to those communities that need it the most.
Image courtesy of Amirah Sackett.
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Photo credit: Mary Rafferty