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Capital Times shares Q&A with UW-Madison’s Holland

October 21, 2019

The Capital Times published a Q&A with UW-Madison’s Duane Lee Holland Jr., a new assistant professor with the School of Education’s Dance Department.

Holland, a native of Devon, Pennsylvania, tells the newspaper that he is excited to be the first hip-hop faculty member at the first university in the United States to grant degrees in dance. In 1926, under the leadership of Margaret H'Doubler, UW-Madison became the first university to offer a degree program in dance.

Duane Holland
Duane Lee Holland Jr.
“It goes along with the legacy of why the dance department was created here,” said Holland, who joined UW-Madison this semester. “This is the language and the culture that are of the people, whether people want to acknowledge it or not.” 

Holland earned his MFA in dance from the University of Iowa, and worked with The Boston Conservatory at Berklee prior to joining UW-Madison. His dance credits include a role in the original cast of “The Lion King” musical and time as the assistant director of Rennie Harris Puremovement. 

While at UW-Madison, Holland explains to The Capital Times that he wants to help develop a bachelor of fine arts degree in hip hop and commercial studies. He also hopes to create a music/dance/theater conference called the Afro Scholastic Futurism Conference, which would return every other year and connect with artists nation-wide. 

Holland, who is teaching History of Hip-hop Dance and Hip-hop Technique this fall, tells The Cap Times he is trying to create “pockets of experience” at Lathrop Hall. He hopes to work within the community to share hip-hop culture and create a new space of conversation. 

Currently, Holland is working on a one man show, an autobiographical journey of black masculinity, sexual liberation, and empowerment. He is also working with his colleagues in the Dance Department to hold symposiums and weekend discussions and classes with hip-hop pioneers and new social media artists who are making names for themselves.

Check out the entire Q&A with The Capital Times here

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