Street Dancing at its "Rhaw-ests"
Conceived in 2007, Founder Rennie Harris originally founded Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works as a youth organization driven by community outreach, education i.e. lectures and classes, as well as mentorship. Harris' inspiration for this youth driven company (second company) was inspired by the overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join his internationally renowned company Rennie Harris Puremovement. Ultimately RHAW is a training company that will teach its pre-professional dancers: professionalism, production, Street Dance History, technique in the various styles of street dance, such as but not limited to, Campbell Locking, Popping & Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House and Hip hop dance. RHAW will usher in Rennie Harris' newest and brightest street dancers to be featured in the premiere works of Rennie Harris Puremovement. Downplaying the abstract while pushing a dramatic aesthetic, RHAW will forge new paths for young hip hop hopefuls, and will present Hip hop in its "RHAW-est." forms as we take it back to basics.
"I am inspired to commune with the humanitarian conscious of us all. My hope is to communicate to ones primal self ones core being. In doing so, I have found we are reminded of who we are. This is what I call my "work". The acknowledging of one's spirit, of one's right to experience, to love, to worship freely as it was intended. I am awestruck; I am inspired to continue touching people's lives. Challenging realities through my work. This is my small but necessary contribution to the world at large. RHAW will carry on the legacy of freedom displayed in street dance and will do so by using hip hop & funk dance as a free expression. Proving once again that we the people have a right to be heard and to be loved…"
RHAW also touring “Love American Style” | A Hip-Hop American Short Story– T. Rennie Harris sees this work as a “dance musical” which is a story of a teenage boy becoming a man. Slated as a day dreamer by family and teachers he is often pressured to grow up, get a job and be responsible for his actions. Ultimately he feels the world is against him. as he searches for love, identity and purpose finds himself in jail for a crime he did not commit. Eventually he is released and the real perpetrator is brought to justice.