But it isn't just that Dina is trying to educate us on how to "dance hip-hop" that is so disturbing--it is her weird desire to align with the hip-hop community over things like baggy-pants discrimination at clubs. She also discusses the fact that while growing up, her mother didn't understand that her slouchy posture. Luckily, as Dina shows us, slouchy posture is key to being a successful hip-hop dancer, so it works out for the best.
Beyond really feeling hip-hip from the personal standpoint of a dance teacher (who we're guessing lives somewhere in the South) Dina grapples for a few moments with the dance's, er, lifestyle's own mortality. "What is she going to do when hip-hop goes out?" haters ask. You see, for Dina, hip-hop is her. It is who she is. It is a lifestyle. This is it. Peace, we're out.
Bree Davies is a writer, reporter and radio host born and raised in the Queen City of the Plains. An active member of the music community, she is the co-founder of Titwrench experimental music festival and co-host of Welcome to Rock Island, a podcast focused on the art and industry of music. Davies contributes regularly to Westword and has written for The A.V. Club, xoJane, Alternative Press and more about music, art, feminism, DIY culture and social justice issues. Follow Bree on Twitter.