Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


This thesis explores the benefits of using hip-hop culture and cyphering within dance/movement therapy. Beginning with a discussion of hip-hop culture, the thesis describes how break dancing and the cypher developed in New York City in response to violence and environmental uncertainty. These forms continue to provide a crucial element of communication and non-verbal expression among at-risk youth. The thesis suggests that hip-hop may be used as a culturally sensitive form of therapy for adolescents, and examines the benefits of the integration of the cypher into dance/movement therapy practice.