Dance Delight, a celebration of hip-hop, at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, April 15, 2016. Photograph by Andrzej “Andre” Pilarczyk.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — These are the Breaks: A Celebration of Hip Hop brings together Skidmore College’s own rappers, DJs, and dance groups for a night of performances starting at 8 p.m. Friday, December 8, at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.

Performers include 213 Crew, Quo, Skidmore DJ Club, Detailmadeit, TOMO, DJ gold guts, as well as a special guest performance by Siena College’s Hip- Hop Club. Members of the public are also invited to freestyle by spitting their own bars or taking to the dance floor to show their moves.

These are the Breaks continues a series of Skidmore-student led programs that engage the wider community with the hip hop tradition. The series began in 2015 and 2016 with Dance Delight, hip hop dance showcases and freestyle battles, and continued earlier in 2017 with Saratoga Sixteen, a freestyle rap and hip-hop record release event.

The event’s name derives from Kurtis Blow’s seminal hit rap song “The Breaks” from 1980.  These are the Breaks is co-organized by Jamerly De La Cruz ’18, Cristian Fernandez ’19, Geoffrey Greene ’18, Ariel Saloman ‘19, and Nigel Smith ’19.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit

About the Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York’s Capital Region, the institution’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs and series that bring together the visual and performing arts with fields of study as disparate as history, astronomy, and physics. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, the Mellon Seminar, and robust publication and touring exhibition initiatives that extend the institution’s reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum’s building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of ideas and exchange the institution catalyzes. The Tang is open year-round on Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5 pm, with extended hours through 9 pm on Thursdays, and is closed on Mondays and holidays. More information at