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Your UW with the Hip-Hop Student Association

November 7, 2014

Student clubs, AKA Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), are not always worth your time or energy. That’s probably not the message you were expecting from a blog post on a university-run website, but it’s the truth. RSOs are great for meeting like-minded people, having fun, and building lasting friendships, but they also have the uncanny ability to suck more of your free time than you originally intended.

If I’ve learned one thing during my tenure at the UW, it’s that you don’t want to be so busy with extraneous commitments that you don’t have the free time to pursue meaningful opportunities. But with all that said, there are quite a few RSOs out there that are not just worth wasting your free time on, they’re worth actively pursuing.

In this mini-series, I’ll highlight some RSOs around campus that you may want to give a closer look.

The Hip-Hop Student Association (HHSA)

Chima emceeing with Nu Era. Photo courtesy of Sam Fu Instagram: @samfuphoto

Chima emceeing with Nu Era. Photo courtesy of Sam Fu Instagram: @samfuphoto

The HHSA recently hosted College Hip-Hop Night, an event featuring DJ Fish Boogie and showcasing MCs, breakdancers, and dance crews from the UW and other schools around the Seattle area.

HHSA hosts three major annual events: Reign Supreme (a breakdance battle judged by world-renowned breakdancers), Fresh Fit Fashion Show (showcasing local online streetwear designers), and Hip-Hop Summit (highlighting the five elements of Hip-Hop).

The main focus of HHSA is to organize events that feature the five elements of Hip-Hop (breakdancing, MCing, DJing, graffiti, and knowledge), as well as to promote and provide support for Hip-Hop performances around Seattle.

In addition to larger events, HHSA hosts weekly classes.

Studio 3 Company practicing before their performance. Photo courtesy of Sam Fu Instagram: @samfuphoto

Studio 3 Company practicing before their performance. Photo courtesy of Sam Fu Instagram: @samfuphoto

Monday Dance Sessions (6-9 p.m. at the Ethnic Cultural Center) offer students a chance to learn choreographed dances taught by a new guest teacher every week. “[Dancers] of all levels– people who have never danced before to people who regularly dance – can come and take classes” said UW junior Connie Hu, vice president of HHSA. In a second session directly afterward, a different dance instructor teaches a select aspect of dance which could range from popping to breakdancing.

On Tuesdays, HHSA hosts The Hip-Hop Cypher (7-9 p.m. at the Ethnic Cultural Center, Room 207), which offers advice and coaching for aspiring MCs and DJs. Instructors teach students how to write lyrics and make beats for their own songs.

Students interested in getting involved can attend weekly classes or email organization leadership at uwhhsa@gmail.com to work on a team to help organize events.

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