BEAT Breakers Instructor
is one of the greatest influences the dance of Bboying (otherwise known as Breaking or Breakdancing) has known.
Considered "The Epitome of a Bboy", Bboys
and Bgirls worldwide have emulated Ken's image and style throughout the years.
is credited with establishing movements critical to the dances' foundation with his
personal style and techniques.
He is a true pioneer recognized worldwide for his continued contributions throughout the last 30 years of promoting, educating, and preserving the art form.
continues to be a driving force in its current global culture and is continually invited to attend, judge, and compete in competitions around the world.
Separate from Ken Swift's
successful individual career, he
has collaborated with and is one of the original members of the world renowned Rock Steady Crew (RSC); the first group of Bboys
to receive professional recognition from the media and their peers.
They also appeared in television and film including Graffiti Rock (1983), Style Wars (1982), Wild Style (1982), Flashdance (1983), The David Letterman Show (1983), and Beat Street (1982).
In 1999, Hip Hop Culture was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for which Ken
was asked to produce an installation.
career led him to open the Ken Swift School of Hip Hop Fundamentals at Breaklife Studios
in Brooklyn in 2005.
started VII Gems as a dance company in 1996, a company dedicated to the preservation of New York City traditional dances: Breaking and Rocking.
directed and choreographed the first ever Rock Dance theater piece entitled "Rockin It" that toured 8 cities throughout the UK in May of 2009 sponsored by the Breaking Convention
, a Sadler Wells Project.
The company is involved in numerous dance classes, lectures, demonstrations, performances, panels, film screenings, competitions, and workshops throughout the world.
In 2010, the Hip Hop Theater Festival has named Ken Swift
an Official Honoree for his
historic contributions to Hip Hop Theater.
Most recently, Ken
was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts' American Masterpieces
: Dance Award to reconstruct his
choreography with Olive Dance Theater in a show entitled "Swift
Solos," which began touring in March of 2010.
After touring the UK with legendary Bboy icon, Ken Swift
and the VII Gems Rock Division in 2009, James began to recognize the void of hip hop in the educational system.