The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought and Apollo Theater present


October 14, 2015 · 8:30PM-9:30PM
Altschul Auditorium (Rm. 417), International Affairs Building

We’ve all seen hip-hop dance…but nothing like this!

UCGT hosted “It’s A Hip-Hop World,”  an event organized in conjunction with the Apollo Theater’s Breakin Convention International Hip-Hop Festival.  Our renowned international panel held a discussion on the topic of the intersection of hip hop between different global environments,and was followed by a Q&A and a meet and greet.


  • Jonzi D, the artistic director of Breakin’ Convention
  • Antoinette Gomis, a solo performer from France.
  • Niek Traa, a member of Dutch hip-hop group The Ruggeds
  • Jennifer Archibald, the founder of the Arch Dance Company
  • Moderated by Prof. Ellie Hisama,  Professor of Music, Area Chair for Music Theory and Director of Graduate Studies IRWGS

The Breakin’ Convention aims to connect hip-hop culture to its surroundings and showcase hip-hop as more than just music but also as a dance and art form that tells a story. From the best New York, U.S. and international poppers, lockers, house dancers, b boy and b girls. A packed program offers everything from mainstream to experimental, showcasing all the hallmarks of the genre – explosive energy, intricate step sequences, spot on synchronicity and choreography that crackles with wit.

“…a true, marvelous in tableaus and in groups as well as in successions of exciting solos. Fascinating…this was hip-hop as theater.” New York Times

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About the UCGT

The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought (UCGT) is an opportunity for Columbia’s undergraduate students to gain access to distinguished scholars and practitioners, from the Columbia community and beyond, whose work brings them to the forefront of global trends. The CGT faculty hope to encourage Columbia undergraduates to engage issues and consider broad and interdisciplinary solutions and methodologies in addressing them.

Students on the UCGT host conversations with faculty members and visiting scholars that are designed to resonate with the concerns of Columbia’s undergraduate community. These events are open to all undergraduates.

Read more about the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought.