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 works 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 and three we wanted people to read the essays that we'd published and write something that answered, responded to or challenged what had been written from one (or more) of the previous rounds authors. This is an Ink Cypher.
In round two there's 15 works from people based in Nigeria, Argentina, Australia, England, Ghana, USA, Spain, Brazil, Cuba, Ireland and France.
In round three there's 14 works from people based in Colombia, Botswana, England, Sweden, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, USA, Germany and Ghana.
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 May 2023
Transforming Our Own History
Funda Oral & Danielle V. Schoon
Wendy Pedroso Martinez
Published May 2022
Hip Hop: The Mirror of Society in Cuba
Elier A. Alvarez
Ellen O'Donohue Oddy
Feras ‘Fez’ Shaheen & Rachael ‘Raygun’ Gunn
Dear Mr Marzipan
Published November 2021
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
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.