Ladies of Hip Hop Festival (LOHHF) exists to develop and provide women with positive roles that are present and represented within Hip Hop culture. Traditionally, men have dominated all facets of the Hip Hop scene, but Ladies of Hip Hop Festival changes this tradition and puts women center-stage for the entire event. LOHHF offers workshops, performance opportunities, international artist exchanges and public talks to train, educate, and create the next generation of women in the Hip Hop dance community. The festival is an event given by women, for everyone! It’s important to us to have the participation and support of men in the community. Teaching and sharing the culture through the female perspective is essential to the growth of the culture. Essential to our mission.
Starting in 2004, as a dance training program, LOHHF is a driving force that has had an international impact on girls and women in hip-hop culture by producing events for women and girls to create and present their own work. LOHHF offers workshops, performance opportunities, international artist exchanges and public talks. LOHHF trains, educates, and creates the next generation of women in the Hip-Hop dance community.
In March of 2011, Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival went to Europe! In Partnership with Urban Arts & Culture of Austria, and the KosmosTheater, LOHHF debuted internationally in Vienna, Austria to three evenings of sold out shows, a jam packed panel discussion, and great workshops. It was a tremendous experience for the eight US instructors and performers, some traveling abroad for the first time ever. In the 10 days in Vienna LOHHF director, Michele Byrd-McPhee and dancers created a collaborative piece with Austrian artists.
Most recently the festival began a partnership with Los Angeles based Versa-Style Dance Company. After years of doing work in the Hip-Hop community, Jackie Lopez aka “MISS FUNK”, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of VSD and Michele Byrd-McPhee, Founding Director of LOHHF teamed up for first LA edition of Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival. The two organizing giants presented a mini-version of the annual NYC festival. It was overwhelming success!