About Rennie

(born Lorenzo Harris on January 28, 1964) is a dancer, choreographer, artistic director and professor of Hip-hop dance. Harris formed the first and longest running hip-hop dance touring company, Rennie Harris Puremovement in 1992. [1] In 2007, he conceived another touring company, RHAW or Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works.[2]

In addition to touring with his companies, he teaches the technique and history of hip-hop dance in its various forms. Versed in Popping, Campbellocking, House dance, GQ, B-boying and Hip-Hop (proper), he continues teaching at universities in the US and internationally. Rennie Harris also organizes an annual Hip-Hop Dance Festival entitled, Illadelph Legends of Hip-Hop Festival, which brings together the original hip-hop street dances and the pioneering legends to give lectures and mentor students from around the world.

Harris has received numerous awards for his theatrical Hip-hop dance performances or what he refers to as, “Hip-Hop concert dance”. He is known for such works as Rome and Jewels, Facing Mekka, 100 NAKED LOCKS, Heaven, and a host of innovative repertory works, which have broken many stereotypes and expectation of hip-hop dance. After receiving an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in Hip-Hop from Bates College, Harris’ company was chosen as 1 of 4 US companies to serve as cultural ambassadors for President Obama’s “Dance Motion USA” and will be touring the middle east.

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