Conceived in 2007, Founder Dr. Rennie Harris originally founded RHAW as a youth organization driven by community outreach, education i.e. lectures and classes, as well as mentorship. Dr. Harris' inspiration for this youth driven company (second company) was inspired by the overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join his internationally renowned company Rennie Harris Puremovement. Ultimately RHAW is a training company that will teach its pre-professional dancers: professionalism, production, Street Dance History, technique in the various styles of street dance, such as but not limited to: Campbell Locking, Popping & Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House and Hip hop social dance. RHAW will usher in Dr. Rennie Harris' newest and brightest street dancers to be featured in the premiere works of Rennie Harris Puremovement. Downplaying the abstract while pushing a dramatic aesthetic, RHAW will forge new paths for young hip hop hopefuls, and will present Hip hop in its "RHAW-est." forms as we take it back to basics.
Dr. Rennie Harris understanding of the youth culture is displayed in the performances and teachings of Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works. This Next Generation company, affectionately known as RHAW, is designed and structured to focus on youth & urban culture . Our goal is to encourage youth by demonstrating discipline and focus through Hip-hop theater performance, and education and outreach programing. In addition, our mission is to collaborate in residency with communities at large i.e. national and international communities where we hope to foster and cultivate Hip Hop culture and preserve its legacy. Outreach and community partnerships are major components of this company.
"I am inspired to commune with the humanitarian conscious of us all. My hope is to communicate to ones primal self ones core being. In doing so, I have found we are reminded of who we are. This is what I call my "work". The acknowledging of one's spirit, of one's right to experience, to love, to worship freely as it was intended. I am awestruck; I am inspired to continue touching people's lives. Challenging realities through my work. This is my small but necessary contribution to the world at large. RHAW will carry on the legacy of freedom displayed in street dance and will do so by using hip hop & funk dance as a free expression. Proving once again that we the people have a right to be heard and to be loved…"
Dr. Rennie Harris