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Assistant Professor

Cyrstal Frazier

Contact Information

Education

  • M.F.A., Choreography-Dance, Jacksonville University
  • Associate degree, Dance, University of the Arts

Courses Taught

  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz III, IV
  • Jazz VII, VIII

Background

Crystal Frazier, a native of New Jersey, holds an Associate Degree in dance from The University of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in choreography from Jacksonville University. Currently, she is a director for Dancers Inc. competition and convention in N.J.

Frazier is a former senior member with the world-renowned Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM). She has performed and taught nationally and internationally with RHPM, including in the Middle East and Central Asia. She is also the former co-founder of “Montazh,” an all-female Hip Hop dance company based in Philadelphia, Pa., and former co-founder of Hope College’s H2 dance company.

Frazier's industry performance credits include: MTV and BET, VH1's Vogue Fashion awards, BET awards, Italy tour with Kathy Sledge, Nike All-Star showcase, among others. She was the featured dancer and choreographer for Grammy Award-winning artist Jill Scott’s “Big Beautiful Tour." On film, she made an appearance in the movie Beloved, TV show Monk as well as in commercials. Recently, she was a part of a tour for the Dance International Workshop program teaching fundamentals of Hip Hop street dance in Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo.  

CURRICULUM VITAE

Professional Dance Companies

  •  Rennie Harris Puremovement
  •  Montazh

Master Classes

  • Rennie Harris Illadelph Legends Festival
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Jacksonville University
  • Temple University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • American College Dance Association
  • Chicago National Association of Dance Masters
  • International Association of Blacks in Dance
  • Philadanco Summer Intensive
  • Cleo Parker Robinson International Summer Dance Institute
  • Alabama Dance Festival

International Master Classes

  • Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan
  • Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Mexico 
  • Hebrew University, Israel
  • Zafer Al-Masri Foundation Hip Hop Camp, Nablus, Palestine
  • Cruzan Dance Summer Intensive, St. Croix
  • Bermuda Dance Company
  • Danse Encore Canada Tour

Selected Choreography

  • Hometown, Rennie Harris RHAW
  • glss, Hope College
  • Happening, Hope College
  • Legacy, August Wilson Dance Ensemble
  • Mandela, Greene Works Project
  • Xscapism, H2 Dance Company
  • Enough, Borealis Dance
  • Interface, Renaissance High School Dance Works

Research Interest

  • Gender identity in the Hip Hop street dance culture 

Selected Awards 

  • Linwood Dryer Prize for Dance Education, 2019
  • Slick City House Battle, Second Place, 2012
  • Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, Ladies of Hip Hop, 2006