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JANUARY 16-18

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“Hip, hop, ah-hippy, ah-hippy, hip hip hop, you don’t stop rockin…” Dancer Rennie Harris was rockin’, poppin’, and lockin’ long before Wonder Mike even knew what a “bang bang boogie” was. With his company PureMovement, Harris choreographs mesmerizing dance sequences that show the historical continuity in hiphop dance, from Africa and Brazil to L.A. and the Bronx. For those who find themselves vainly trying to explain hiphop’s roots to uninterested teenagers or find teenagers haranguing them because they don’t understand new music, this performance is not to be missed. Harris is definitely old-school and one of this underground culture’s most knowledgeable and eloquent advocates. But he doesn’t get caught in nostalgia, either; his dancers revisit the past and bring the new without skipping a beat, literally. Saturday’s family matinee promises to bridge the gap between “old heads” and the “new school,” with all generations encouraged to join a post-show dance workshop. Come prepared to sweat and get open(minded). At 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 & 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $10. (202) 467-4600. (Holly Bass)