The dance symposium on March 21, 2012 featured a lecture/demo by members of Illstyle & Peace Productions beginning at 11 a.m. in the Billy Johnson Auditorium, the Newark Museum. Artistic director, Brandon Albright explored the history and legacy of hip-hop dance from “old school” to contemporary styles with active participation by audience members. Museum admission and the lecture/demo were both free to the general public.
At 7:00 p.m., Illstyle & Peace Productions presented an hour-long performance at the Bradley Hall Theater, 110 Warren Street on the Rutgers-Newark campus, with a reception to follow in the theater lobby. All symposium events were free and open to the public.
Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural, Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2002 by Brandon “Peace” Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary and old school hip-hop, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing and beatboxing. They have toured, to critical acclaim, nationally and internationally and are committed to delivering positive messages to their audiences. Their productions have been hailed by the New York Times as the "hip hop revue with killer dancing."