'Hiplet' is a New Dance Style That Merges Old and New Art Forms

By: Jana Pijak - Jul 5, 2016
References: youtube & dazeddigital
'Hiplet' is a viral dance craze that will change the way most perceive the classical study of ballet. Described as a "new wave of ballet" by Dazed Digital, Hiplet is a dance style created by famed choreographer Homer Hans Bryant whose collaborators include the likes of Lady Gaga and the Obamas.

Following in the footsteps of Misty Copeland -- the first African American woman to become a principle dancer at the American Ballet Theatre -- Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center ballerinas show off their Hiplet moves in a now viral video that combines pointed toe poses with an unexpected hip-hop beat.

No longer synonymous with composers like Bach and Tchaikovsky, ballet is constantly evolving and is now being embraced by a new generation who hopes to remold its conservative image.