Hiplet Ballerinas is the professional company of The Chicago Multicultural Dance School,
a 501(c)3, Non Profit Organization
The Hiplet Ballerinas are the professional Company of the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center in the USA.
Hiplet™ was created by Artistic Director Homer Hans Bryant & evolved from the "Rap Ballet" of the 1990's. Specifically designed to make Ballet accessible to all people, Hiplet™ is a fusion between classical pointe technique, Hip-Hop, and a variety of other dance styles.
Hiplet (pronounced HIP-LAY) started as "The Rap Ballet" in the 1990s, developed by Ballet Master, Homer Hans Bryant. Soon after its development, the Rap Ballet was featured at several schools in the Chicago area while working with Urban Gateways.
After being asked by the UniverSoul Circus for one of his dancers to perform "rap ballet" type movement for the circus to Eminem’s violent piece, “Lose Yourself”, on the violin, Homer thought, "I can’t call this rap anymore. What are we going to call this"?
His answer...."Ballet & Hip Hop---Hiplet"!!!!
In 2009, Homer obtained the trademark on the word “Hiplet.”
Today the Hiplet Ballerinas are "WOWING" audiences all over the globe with their fiery performances and amazing skill. In the words of Founder and Artistic Director, Homer Bryant, "Hiplet is important. It is Afro-centric. We are pulling from your urban communities, and we put in the Jazz, Latin, and African, but we stick to the classical Ballet discipline. We have been to Germany, Seoul, South Korea, France, Spain, and the Virgin Islands, New York and California a dozen times. It’s just amazing what has happened.
Following his principle of inclusivity and a heart to create space and a platform for all, Homer states, "A lot of normal people have been deterred from dancing because they were a little too big and a little too busty. Hiplet ballerinas look like normal people".
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The Hiplet company has performed across the US, selling out venues in Illinois, Florida, Texas, Washington state, and more! Now booking performances!
Hiplet is also available to perform at festivals, galas, corporate, and private events.
For theatrical booking please contact
For other booking please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page
c/o Chicago Multicultural Dance Center
47 West Polk Street Suite 100-105
Chicago, IL 60605
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For more information on training to become a Hiplet Ballerina, visit the website of Chicago Multicultural Dance Center at www.cmdcschool.org
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