The Boston Conservatory announces its first-ever full-time hip-hop faculty member. Duane Lee Holland Jr. currently serves as visiting assistant professor at his alma mater University of Iowa. He joins Boston Conservatory’s dance division this fall, to teach the primarily classically trained conservatory students full-time and offer electives to students of Berklee College of Music (which Boston Conservatory merged with this year).

Holland danced with Rennie Harris Puremovement, where he later served as assistant artistic director. He has also taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and he served as assistant choreographer for Maurice Hines’ Broadway show Hot Feet.

Photo by Ben Viatori, courtesy of Holland

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