Michele Byrd-McPhee is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, producer, curator, and director. Growing up during the emergence of Hip-Hop culture, she embraced street dance and has danced in nightclubs and in music videos, and has battled in the club scene.
Byrd-McPhee is the director of the annual Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival. She also lends her experience and knowledge to help artists develop their own projects, as well as working on avenues of growth and sustainability for the Hip-Hop community.
During her residency, Byrd-McPhee will continue working on avenues of growth and sustainability for the Hip-Hop community. In the course “Hip-Hop Culture, Women & the World,” students will examine the roots of Hip-Hop culture and its current place as a global phenomenon with a specific focus on the history, contributions, and experiences of women in Hip-Hop.
The Fall 2020 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Dance Department with Assistant Professor Duane Lee Holland Jr. as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) & First Wave Learning Community, The Studio Creative Arts Community, Art Department, and Barrio Dance along with other campus and community supporters.
Byrd McPhee has been having conversations on Instagram with Duane for a residency overview along with future guest artists Ursula Rucker, LaTasha Barnes, and Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson. #MadisonMondays will continue on Mondays at noon at @uwmadisonarts for the next few weeks. Byrd-McPhee’s Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival account is: @ladiesofhiphop
- Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival
- 2018 Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival Week (video)
- “At What Point Does Appreciation Become Appropriation?,” courtesy of Dance Magazine
- “Centerwork: Not Such a Man’s World,” courtesy of Dance Magazine
- Leeway Foundation