What is the "Art of Teaching" Program?

The “Art of Teaching” is a rigorous, 25-hour Teaching Artist Training Program for Hip Hop/Street dancers to develop and deepen their knowledge, skills, and practice for teaching in a K-12 school setting.

Throughout the course, artists will be able to:

  • Receive ongoing mentorship.
  • Work and grow collaboratively in a vibrant learning environment.
  • Translate their artistry and “Soul Message” into effective and engaging instruction.

Who should do the "Art of Teaching" Program?

We are looking for Hip Hop artists that have a PASSION and COMMITMENT to the craft of Hip Hop dance AND teaching.

Ideal candidates possess the following traits:

  • Positive and supportive learning approach
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Artistic integrity and excellence
  • Flexible availability during school hours (8:00am - 2:00pm)
  • Experience teaching in a K-12 school setting (Not a requirement)

What will I Learn?

Our curriculum will cover the following content and skills:

  • Curriculum and Lesson Plan Design.
  • California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.
  • Common Core and Classroom Curriculum Integration.
  • Best Practices & Pedagogy for 21st Century Learning and Instruction.
  • Assessment Strategies.
  • Classroom Management.
  • Partnerships with Classroom Teachers.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Develop an original, standards-based, sequential curriculum using your “Soul Message”.
  • Create effective, engaging, and meaningful lesson plans with clear outcomes, progression of activities, task and criteria, and assessment.
  • Design and demonstrate a new lesson in front of peers and receive constructive feedback.
  • Connect to a community of teaching artist professionals and arts education organizations.

When and Where does this take place?

We will meet on Wednesdays for 5 weeks.


Aug 30

Sept 6

Sept 13

Sept 20

Sept 27


10:00am - 3:00pm


Veterans Memorial Complex
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

What is the Fee?

Register before Aug 25: $150

Register after Aug 25: $199

Scholarship Program

We're happy to offer full and partial scholarships! Please email universoulhiphop@gmail.com for an application.

Enrollment includes the following:

  • Full 25-hour AOT Program
  • Teaching Artist Guidebook
  • 60 minute Follow-up Consultation
  • Employment opportunities! We're seeking to hire for the 2017-2018 school year!

How do I apply?

Are you ready to join us!?

Email: universoulhiphop@gmail.com to secure your slot!

Enrollment is limited to 10 artists so that we can focus on quality learning and building!

Instructor Bio

Tiffany “Jimini” Bong is the founder and executive director of UniverSOUL Hip Hop and an international, award-winning Hip Hop/Street dancer and educator. Bong has a B.A. in Theatre & Dance and a B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University as well as a Professional Designation in Arts Education from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She is a Hip Hop dance lecturer at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, master teaching artist for The Music Center of Los Angeles County, and an arts education specialist, panelist, and consultant for arts agencies throughout the nation.

About UniverSOUL Hip Hop

UniverSOUL Hip Hop brings world-class, Hip Hop artists and educators into K-12 classrooms to educate, empower, and engage our youth through the arts. Our next level programs energetically blend the creative and communal practices of Hip Hop culture with the rigor and depth of standards-based pedagogy. We currently serve over 40 schools with in-school residencies, workshops, and assemblies as well as after-school enrichment programs for students throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Want to know more about what we do? Check out this video!