Hip Hop performer and educator Sheikia Purple Haze Norris is returning to the Performing Arts School at bergenPAC this summer to give students ages 8 to 18 through an in-depth look at the five elements of Hip Hop culture: DJing, MCing, graffiti, breakdancing and beatboxing.
The Hip Hop Explorers summer camp involves lessons on the history and culture of this art movement that originated in the 1970s in the Bronx. Purple and her crew will share their knowledge, skills and love of the culture to guide students on a journey of self-discovery through creative Hip Hop expression. Students will get hands-on experience in each of the elements, culminating with a final performance in front of their friends and family.
The Performing Arts School offered this program during the school-year with an enthusiastic reception.
“Thank you for offering this program to the youth here in Englewood. Beyond surface purpose, it provides an outlet and unveils creativity and beauty,” a local parent wrote in a letter. “Looking forward to the next session.”
There are two sessions this summer that run Mondays to Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. They are July 3-13 (closed July 4th) and Aug. 7-17.
For more information on tuition and scholarships, email education@bergenpac.org or visit www.bergenpac.org/summer.

About bergenPAC
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that, through programs, classes, outreach, school shows, and main theater presented shows, reach more than 30,000 students and community youth annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.
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