Professor Sherril Dodds from PoP MOVES, in collaboration with b-boys Steve “Steve Believe” Lunger and Mark “Metal” Wong, Co-Directors of Hip Hop Fundamentals, have initiated a new research project called “Life Lessons in Hip Hop”. The project focuses on on Temple Bboys, a student-led organization formally affiliated with Temple University, and the local North Philadelphia bboy community. The project has two main aims:
- to document and preserve the vibrant dance practices of a Philadelphia ‘breaking’ community as its members engage in collective practice sessions and dance battles with other local dancers.
- to elucidate how bboys draw on their embodied knowledge of breaking and battling to shape and inform other areas of their lives.