Multi-hyphenate Duane Lee Holland Jr. will hold The Boston Conservatory’s first-ever full time faculty position in hip-hop dance.
Holland Jr. joins the Boston Conservatory’s dance division and will teach electives for Berklee students beginning this fall, according to a press release. Holland marks the Conservatory’s first hiring since its January 2016 merger with Berklee College of Music and the first Conservatory teaching role that will be available to both Conservatory and Berklee students.
“I’m extremely humbled and honored to work with the future stars of music, dance and theater,” said Holland in the release. “I’ve taught a wide range of talent over the years and I feel the main objective is to provide empowerment through a healthy and rigorous process of practice and theory. Students at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee individually already embody the balance of rigorous practice and theory. I look forward to collaborating with them to cultivate an encouraging environment of innovation and continued excellence.”
Duane Holland Jr. launched his professional dance career at 17 with Rennie Harris Puremovement in Philadelphia, the first hip-hop theater dance company, where he went on to serve as Assistant Artistic Director. While performing with RHPM, he taught at MIT, Stanford, Jacobs Pillow, University of Utah, UCLA, Monte Carlo Ballet Company, Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Broadway Dance Center. Holland was also assistant choreographer and assistant dance captain for Maurice Hines’ Earth, Wind and Fire Broadway musical Hot Feet and featured in Jerry Mitchell’s AIDS benefit Broadway Bares: New York Strip.
Holland also has extensive teaching experience with stints at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Holland is a visiting assistant professor in the University of Iowa’s Dance Department, where he became the first hip-hop artist and choreographer to graduate from the dance program with a Master of Fine Arts.