Ink Cypher is the home of our commissioned writing; it's where you'll find exclusive, original features and long form writing on Hip Hop dance from a suite of international voices.
Some of the people in Ink Cypher are established writers, some are writing in English for the first time and for others this is the first time they've been commissioned.
In round one there's 26 commissioned writings from people based in Taiwan, Canada, Ghana, Scotland, Singapore, France, Greece, Dubai, USA, England, Germany, South Africa, Indonesia and Turkey.
A cypher is a space of dialogue and a place to build energy; so for round two we wanted people to read the essays that we published and write something that answered, responded to or challenged what had been written from one (or more) of the round one authors. This is an Ink Cypher.
In round two there's 15 commissioned writings from people based in Nigeria, Argentina, Australia, England, Ghana, USA, Spain, Brazil, Cuba, Ireland and France.
The order in which you read information can affect the interpretation of what comes after it; if you want a route through these incredible round one texts here's Reading Route 1 and Reading Route 2. We'd love to hear from people who have read all the works and what order they read them.
All content will remain free to access via the Hip Hop Dance Almanac, however, there are very real costs attached to commissioning, editing and publishing these works.
If you value the work we're doing and are able to contribute, then please donate. Ink Cypher is our publishing imprint, a platform to present personal, thoughtful and critical responses. We look forward to your continued support.
Published November 2021 - Round 1
Published May 2022 - Round 2
This Dance Is Not Our Own
Danielle V. Schoon and Funda Oral
Self Teaching In Street Dance
Fabrice Pika Taraud
Larissa Clement Belhacel
Maïko Le Lay
Letter to an OG
Episodes of a Hip Hop Memory
Natasha Jean-Bart, aka Tash
A Story of B-Boying in South Africa
Hip Hop: The Mirror of Society in Cuba
Elier A. Alvarez
Ellen O'Donohue Oddy
Feras ‘Fez’ Shaheen & Rachael ‘Raygun’ Gunn
Dear Mr Marizpan
Alongside commissioned writings we also present in depth interviews and primary accounts of people who are active and an integral part of the broad diaspora of the UK Hip Hop dance community.