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Reading Routes

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.

The order in which you read information can affect the interpretation of what comes after it; Reading Route 1 and Reading Route 2 can be found below to guide you through these texts.

 

We'd love to hear from people who have read all the works and what order they read them.

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Published: November 2021, May 2022 and July 2023

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Route 1

Letter to an OG
Marcus Marzipan

Dear Mr Marizpan

Lucy Crowe

Our Aging Elders: The Vanishing of Our Living Libraries & The Erasure of Cultural & Intellectual Hip Hop/Street Dance Codes
Natasha Jean-Bart, aka Tash

 

The Scarcity of Information Within Hip Hop Culture and the Neglect of Notorious Knowledge

Rudá Gonçalves


Club and Street Dances: An Art of Remembrance
Larissa Clement Belhacel

 

This Lotus is a Rabbit: 10 Poems as Tribute

Ojo Taiye

This Queen's Honours

Lucy Crowe

Hip Hop: The Mirror of Society in Cuba
Elier A. Alvarez

Invisible Resistance: Hip Hop and the East of Cuba

Gladed Brown


Self Teaching In Street Dance
Fabrice Pika Taraud


This Dance Is Not Our Own
Brian Toh

The Ethics of Living a Double Life: Rethinking Ownership, Authenticity, and Identity in Hip Hop Culture

Feras ‘Fez’ Shaheen & Rachael ‘Raygun’ Gunn

An Interview with Grudge Oneski - The Realest Bboy in the UK

Iain Bleakley


DANCING GODDESSES: African American Women Hip Hop Dancers - Cultural Contributors
Ariyan Johnson


FROM SCARIFICATION TO KRUMP - How body adornment has transformed dance across the diaspora
Temitayo Ince

Afrikan Dancers As Embodied Archives

JC Niala

Hip Hop Hair: How Hairstyles Influence Movement

Starla Carr

Afrikan Dancers as Embodied Archives: Contemporary Movements as Evolving Archives

Dodzi Aveh


A Story of B-Boying in South Africa
Tseliso Monaheng


The chance encounter as the fifth element of Hip Hop
Iain Bleakley

Queer Club Culture in 1990s Kansas City: A Chance Encounter with Soakies

Starla Carr

The Economies of Freestyle Dances and the Construction of a Community: an anthropological case study of dance in Barcelona
Malvina Tessitore

Sharing and its Limits: A Non-Anthropological Perspective on Barcelona Freestyle Dancers

Malvina Tessitore


Episodes of a Hip Hop Memory
Michael Joseph

Episodes of a Muscle Memory: Hip Hop Music Videos and 00s Adolescence

Ellen O'Donohue Oddy


Where is Disability in Hip Hop Dance?
Emily Tisshaw

 

The Hip Hop and Disability Problem: why do dancers ‘overcome’ it when they could be ‘celebrating’ it?
Porcelain Delaney


Dance As Hard As A Man: how female Hip Hop dancers have had to man up to try to get a place in the hip-hop scene
Godlive Lawani


“Make Some Noise for the Ladies…” Sexism in European Hip-Hop Dance Battles
Francesca Miles

In F(l)avour of Masculine: The Disbalance of Power in the European Street Dance Battle Scene

Gabija Cepelyte

Living Hip Hop in Uruguay: A Portrait of Bgirl China

Wendy Pedroso Martinez

"You will never be a dancer with that body" The Erasure of Big Bodies in Hip Hop Dance

Evelyn Ramirez


Derogatory Dancing: Heteronormative Inscriptions on Female Hip-Hop Dancers in Breaking and Commercial Spheres
Deanne Kearney

“ezz noh awa korcha” the dichotomy of Queerness in hip-hop dance in Ghana in the wake of a homophobic apocalypse

Dodzi Aveh


Cisfemininities as bodies-without-organs in hip hop, street and urban dance styles
Natalia Koutsougera


How Dislocated Minorities in Turkey turn to Hip Hop to Build Community and Resist Marginalisation
Danielle V. Schoon and Funda Oral

“Hip Hop is my Country”: Breaking on the Move between Istanbul and Berlin

Funda Oral & Danielle V. Schoon


From Localities to TikTok: Hip-Hop Dance in Indonesia
Nia Agustina


The Social Impact of Monday School and Battle Jam - Les Petites Choses Production
YingLv Wang


Jackanory meets Diversity: Hip Hop culture - when dance becomes theatre
Lucy Crowe


The Commodification of Trauma in Hip Hop Theatre
Isaac Ouro-Gnao

The Duty of Care in Hip Hop Theatre

Isaac Ouro-Gnao

The Necessity of Care: A Guide to Radical Accessibility Within Hip Hop

Saskia Horton


The Recognition of Streetdance in Germany
Takao Baba

La Danse Hip-Hop as Paradox: Artification and Sportification

Roberta Shapiro


How Do You Make a Solo?
Emma Ready

Decipher The Cypher

Astrid Aristizábal


Cairo Calling: A Profile of Layla Ghaleb
Samia Qayium

Kalima Mipata's Leap From Botswana to Broadway

Bakang Akoonyatse


Dancing Giving A Voice: the power of voguing in Colombia protest
Evelyn Ramirez

Democracy On The Move: How Young People In Argentina are Using Hip Hop Dance to Build Future Democracies
Virginia Fornillo

Transforming Our Own History
Belu Arendt

Hip-hop Dance for Joy and Liberation

Edmund Adjapong

Implications of Hip-Hop-izing Western Institutional Spaces:
A reflection on how hip-hop dancers transform “unlikely hip-hop spaces”

Maïko Le Lay


The Woo Dance vs Kete: Tradition Recycled or Coincidence?
Dodzi Aveh

Route 2

“Make Some Noise for the Ladies…” Sexism in European Hip-Hop Dance Battles
Francesca Miles


This Dance Is Not Our Own
Brian Toh

Queer Club Culture in 1990s Kansas City: A Chance Encounter with Soakies

Starla Carr


Where is Disability in Hip Hop Dance?
Emily Tisshaw

The Scarcity of Information Within Hip Hop Culture and the Neglect of Notorious Knowledge

Rudá Gonçalves

The Necessity of Care: A Guide to Radical Accessibility Within Hip Hop

Saskia Horton

Transforming Our Own History
Belu Arendt


Dance As Hard As A Man: how female Hip Hop dancers have had to man up to try to get a place in the hip-hop scene
Godlive Lawani


Letter to an OG
Marcus Marzipan

In F(l)avour of Masculine: The Disbalance of Power in the European Street Dance Battle Scene

Gabija Cepelyte


Derogatory Dancing: Heteronormative Inscriptions on Female Hip-Hop Dancers in Breaking and Commercial Spheres
Deanne Kearney

Decipher The Cypher

Astrid Aristizábal


The Recognition of Streetdance in Germany
Takao Baba

Cairo Calling: A Profile of Layla Ghaleb
Samia Qayium

Self Teaching In Street Dance
Fabrice Pika Taraud

An Interview with Grudge Oneski - The Realest Bboy in the UK

Iain Bleakley

La Danse Hip-Hop as Paradox: Artification and Sportification

Roberta Shapiro

Our Aging Elders: The Vanishing of Our Living Libraries & The Erasure of Cultural & Intellectual Hip Hop/Street Dance Codes
Natasha Jean-Bart, aka Tash

Afrikan Dancers as Embodied Archives: Contemporary Movements as Evolving Archives

Dodzi Aveh

Dear Mr Marizpan
Lucy Crowe


DANCING GODDESSES: African American Women Hip Hop Dancers - Cultural Contributors
Ariyan Johnson

Afrikan Dancers As Embodied Archives

JC Niala


Episodes of a Hip Hop Memory
Michael Joseph

This Lotus is a Rabbit: 10 Poems as Tribute

Ojo Taiye


Club and Street Dances: An Art of Remembrance
Larissa Clement Belhacel

This Queen's Honours

Lucy Crowe

The Economies of Freestyle Dances and the Construction of a Community: an anthropological case study of dance in Barcelona

Malvina Tessitore


The chance encounter as the fifth element of Hip Hop
Iain Bleakley

The Ethics of Living a Double Life: Rethinking Ownership, Authenticity, and Identity in Hip Hop Culture

Feras ‘Fez’ Shaheen & Rachael ‘Raygun’ Gunn


The Commodification of Trauma in Hip Hop Theatre
Isaac Ouro-Gnao


FROM SCARIFICATION TO KRUMP - How body adornment has transformed dance across the diaspora
Temitayo Ince


The Woo Dance vs Kete: Tradition Recycled or Coincidence?
Dodzi Aveh


Jackanory meets Diversity: Hip Hop culture - when dance becomes theatre
Lucy Crowe


How Dislocated Minorities in Turkey turn to Hip Hop to Build Community and Resist Marginalisation
Danielle V. Schoon and Funda Oral

Hip Hop: The Mirror of Society in Cuba
Elier A. Alvarez

“ezz noh awa korcha” the dichotomy of Queerness in hip-hop dance in Ghana in the wake of a homophobic apocalypse

Dodzi Aveh


Dancing Giving A Voice: the power of voguing in Colombia protest
Evelyn Ramirez

Hip-hop Dance for Joy and Liberation

Edmund Adjapong

Hip Hop Hair: How Hairstyles Influence Movement

Starla Carr

Invisible Resistance: Hip Hop and the East of Cuba

Gladed Brown

“Hip Hop is my Country”: Breaking on the Move between Istanbul and Berlin

Funda Oral & Danielle V. Schoon

Episodes of a Muscle Memory: Hip Hop Music Videos and 00s Adolescence

Ellen O'Donohue Oddy


From Localities to TikTok: Hip-Hop Dance in Indonesia
Nia Agustina

Sharing and its Limits: A Non-Anthropological Perspective on Barcelona Freestyle Dancers

Malvina Tessitore


How Do You Make a Solo?
Emma Ready

The Duty of Care in Hip Hop Theatre

Isaac Ouro-Gnao


A Story of B-Boying in South Africa
Tseliso Monaheng

Kalima Mipata's Leap From Botswana to Broadway

Bakang Akoonyatse

Living Hip Hop in Uruguay: A Portrait of Bgirl China

Wendy Pedroso Martinez

Implications of Hip-Hop-izing Western Institutional Spaces:

A reflection on how hip-hop dancers transform “unlikely hip-hop spaces”
Maïko Le Lay

Democracy On The Move: How Young People In Argentina are Using Hip Hop Dance to Build Future Democracies
Virginia Fornillo


The Social Impact of Monday School and Battle Jam - Les Petites Choses Production
YingLv Wang

The Hip Hop and Disability Problem: why do dancers ‘overcome’ it when they could be ‘celebrating’ it?
Porcelain Delaney


Cisfemininities as bodies-without-organs in hip hop, street and urban dance styles
Natalia Koutsougera

"You will never be a dancer with that body" The Erasure of Big Bodies in Hip Hop Dance

Evelyn Ramirez

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.

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