Durden, Moncell


Moncell Durden
B.A., Art, Corllins University
Part Time Faculty

 Moncell “ill Kozby” Durden is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, dancer, educator and embodied historian, currently teaching and lecturing nationally and internationally. He spent ten years as a member of Mop Top Crew, the pioneering NYC Hip-Hop dance group, and ten years performing with Rennie Harris Puremovement, the Philadelphia-based Hip-Hop theater company. Proficient in Locking, House, Hip-Hop, original Jazz, and party dances from 1900 until today, Moncell has been dancing all his life. He trained, studied and performed with members of the original Lockers, The Electric Boogaloos, Rocksteady Crew, Rennie Harris Puremovement and Mop-Top Crew. Moncell has taught for seven years as an adjunct professor at Drexel University, served as senior lecturer of Hip-Hop at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has also taught at Wesleyan University. He was recently accepted into the graduate program in Dance Anthropology at Roehampton University in the UK. Moncell’s goal as an educator is to bring an anthropological approach to the preservation and study of African American vernacular dance practices.
Courses Taught:
  • Urban Dance Practices

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