MORRISTOWN, NJ - Hip -hop has enormous crossover appeal.  In fact hip-hop culture is a potentially great unifier of diverse populations. Its influence has become worldwide.  At Unity Charter School the goal is to put in place learning that engages students intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

This week the school was able to take part in interactive dances to explore Hip Hop's rich cultural history and how underserved inner-city youth changed the world. By using dance, interactive lecture, and audience participation, the dancers of Hip Hop Fundamentals worked to educate, inspire, and entertain children of all ages. They explained and explored original Hip Hop music and dance, which has a deep, rich, and diverse history, used to highlight their positive message.

The assembly led by Hip Hop Fundamentals, of Philadelphia, PA focused on youth empowerment, diversity, creativity, and working together, embodied by Hip Hop's four principles: Peace, Love, UNITY, and Having Fun!

Students learned dance moves and had the opportunity to create their own moves.  They learned breaking foundation, and worked in groups to begin the path of true Hip Hop Dance.  The workshop was designed to teach creativity, problem solving, and teamwork so students learn how to work in cooperative teams. The dances were fun and challenging and reinforced the importance of cultural preservation and staying active in creative ways.