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Choreographer Rennie Harris is on a mission to present hiphop culture at its purest: “There are two sides: food for thought and food for spirit.” A pioneer in African-American street dance, Harris has opened for everyone from Kool & the Gang to Salt ‘n’ Pepa and has been breaking new ground since he began dancing on the streets of his native Philadelphia. Today’s hiphop dance, he says, is deeply rooted in African culture before the middle passage: “I found it necessary to research hiphop and the words of …philosophers who have studied black culture and African dance to show on paper how this came about.” Harris’ current troupe, Puremovement, presents a high-energy history of street dance, from boogaloo to b-boy, set to the music of P-Funk, Public Enemy, and others. It’s also a very personal account that often reflects Harris’ life experiences. “It’s not a fusion of African dance and hiphop. It’s an eyewitness account of the hiphop movement. The aesthetic has changed, but you can still see the tradition. I used to think it was a bastardization, but it’s not. I am keeping the true essence, not holding my tongue.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, & Saturday, Feb. 20, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15. (202) 269-1600. (Amanda Fazzone)