Rennie Harris (USA)
Since 1992 Rennie Harris has been the CEO, choreographer and artistic director of hip hop dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement.
He has brought these "social" dances to the to the concert stage, creating a cohesive dance style that finds a cogent voice in the theatre. He is a powerful spokesperson for the significance of street origins in any dance style. As a pioneer in performing, choreographing and teaching hip-hop dance he has toured extensively, both in the USA and abroad.
Since the age of 15, he has taught workshops and classes at many schools and universities around the world. A 1996 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Choreography and has received awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Pew Repertory Development Initiative grant, the City of Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and 1996 Philadelphia Dance Projects commission.
Harris was voted one of the most influential people in the last one hundred years of Philadelphia history and has been compared to twentieth-century dance legend Alvin Ailey and Bob Fosse. He was also nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award and has been recently awarded the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
His group of dancers and their infectious brand of movement have toured around the globe. At 40, Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris is atop the hip-hop heap - its leading ambassador.