Raw Elementz is the largest hip hop dance crew at Columbia University, in New York City. The group is a student-choreoraphed dance crew that was established in 2001 by former Culture Shock dancer Kristin Liu. Raw Elementz is well-known for crowd-pleasing performances at both on and off-campus events from cultural shows to athletic events as well as promotional events and community service.
Raw Elementz incorporates various styles of dance (like house, popping, and breaking) into its choreography. New members are welcome from any dance background and with any level of experience to audition.
Also affiliated with the dance crew are the Raw Elementz Breakers, who perform both separately and together with the dance crew. They hold separate auditions and rehearsals due to the audition nature, but most of the time both groups tend to perform as one single unit. Raw's breakers also consistently hold open sessions, helping to connect the breakers to the greater NYC breakdancing community.
Joining Raw Elementz
Auditions are held twice a year, usually in early September and late January. No previous dance experience is required, just come ready to show what you got. There are no set amount of spots in the group. Meet members of Raw at the Activities Fair that kicks off the beginnng of the year, or if you’ve missed it, email firstname.lastname@example.org.