Exploring the Elements: Dance

From beatmaking and hip-hop production to dance, deejaying and emceeing, each hip-hop art form contains valuable lessons that can be applied to many aspects of life. We’re taking some time to explore how the principles of each of the elements that we teach contributes to the larger goals that Next Level is trying to achieve.

In the Cipher: Scaffolding and the True Exchange

The Next Level El Salvador Team’s b-boy instructor Danny J. “Dan Tres Omi” Rodriguez takes a moment to reflect on the valuable lessons he has already learned during the first week of the team’s residency: When I finally sat down and began to formulate my lesson plan for my b-boy/b-girl workshop, I approached it from the

Exploring the Elements

At Next Level, our approach to education and social development is based on the same cultural principles that form the foundation of hip-hop itself. The main reason for this is simply that we respect hip-hop culture and the people who created it. But we also take this approach because it works: hip-hop has advocated sophisticated

Hip Hop, Tout Le Monde

While in Paris on his way to a French Immersion program in Tours, Next Level Site Manager Paul Rockower had a true hip hop worldwide experience: I had just finished dinner, and I stopped in the cafe on the corner for a saidera (last drink).  I walked in to the place, and heard the tail-end of

Next Level Profile: Winston “Iller-Strator” Mundiro

    This multi-lingual freestyle from Winston “Iller-Strator” Mundiro is one of our favorite examples of the power of hip-hop to communicate internationally. Iller-Strator participated in our residency in Harare, Zimbabwe, earlier this year, and we recently reconnected to learn more about his experiences with hip-hop and the Next Level program. What would you like people