H+ / The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory

New York, NY


H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory is a non-governmental organization with goals of tracing, stabilizing, and expanding the art form through programs that recognize the necessity, intensity, and social issues of dance.


Founded over 28 years ago by Artistic Director Safi A. Thomas, H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory is a multi-platformed, non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 2017 with the mission to preserve, evolve and proliferate the art-Form of Hip-Hop Dance in the United States and abroad through our six foundational pillars: Pedagogy, Repertory, Advocacy, Medical Research, Infrastructure, and Design.

Signified by the acronym, PYRAMID, these pillars are designed under the premise that every artist is a human first. This artist cannot thrive at their greatest potential if their basic human needs are not being met consistently. In turn, each Pillar was carefully chosen to address the needs of our culture and community in Hip-Hop, which are in many ways reflective of the needs of the overarching Arts infrastructure in the United States.

Advocacy has been a staple pillar of H+. We are and will always be a company founded upon the thought that all humans are valuable and have the right to live and be advocated for in this world. Our campaigns address the livelihood of dancers, with subjects spanning from gender equality to body image to agency. Each project aims to serve as a platform for healthy dialogue surrounding subjects that are often considered "off the grid" in our societal barometer of “appropriate discourse” thereby pushing the boundaries of human development and understanding.


Does not accept volunteers.