Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Freestyle Love Supreme Launches Winter Classes

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Before there was Hamilton and In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme! The hip hop improv troupe co-founded by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Freestyle Love Supreme, is launching winter classes for people of all ages.

Freestyle Love Supreme Co-Founder Anthony Veneziale: “FLS Academy classes are designed for everyone and we strive to create as diverse a space as possible. We are proud to continue the FLS Academy scholarship and financial assistance programs with opportunities available on a rolling basis. The Academy has granted more than 15 scholarships so far and we are eager to welcome more participants of all ages in 2021.”

To RSVP for a winter class, please email (academy@freestylelovesupreme.com) or click HERE. More information on classes below direct from FLS.

Welcome to the Cypher
Remote intro course for adults, available three different weekends from 5:00-7:30 PM (EDT)
January 23 and 24
February 27 and 28
March 27 and 28
Two-day workshops for ages 18 and up
Fee is $100

This introductory adult course in beatbox, finding your flow, and telling your story over a beat has now inspired hundreds of participants from Australia to Tunisia, creating an incredible community of people supporting each other in doing something vulnerable, powerful, and ridiculously fun. This is the beginnings of the Foundations of Freestyle 8-week course spread out over two days and tailored for the Zoom environment.

Hip Hop Homeroom: History Rhymes & So Do Dreams
Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17
4:00-6:30 p.m. (EDT)
Two-day workshop for youth from 7-17 years old
Fee is $100

FLS Academy presents “Hip Hop Homeroom,” a series of weekend workshops for ages 7-17 years old combining a variety of lessons with hip hop music, improv, teamwork, and creative assignments. The first winter weekend workshop in January, “History Rhymes and So Do Dreams,” is a fun, creative way to supplement a child’s education and offer civil rights lessons with a beat.

Hip Hop Homeroom: HERStory
Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21
4:00-6:30 p.m. (EDT)
Two-day workshop for youth from 7-17 years old
Fee is $100

The second winter “Hip Hop Homeroom: HERstory” will take place in February where students, ages 7-17, can learn about women heroes with a beat. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, “Hip Hop Homeroom: HERstory” is a two-day exploration and celebration of women abolitionists, suffragettes, and voting. The lessons and discussions will be delivered over a beat, with students encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences through the art of improv and storytelling. Each student will be given an educational mission between the two days – to present their own rap about a heroic woman from history to their group.

Got Your Back: An FLS Academy Showcase
Friday, February 12 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)
Open to all ages
Fee is $15

“Got Your Back” is the popular FLS Academy showcase that features FLSA founders and facilitators, including Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan, Aneesa “Young Nees” Folds, Andrew “Jelly Donut” Bancroft, Tarik “Tardis Hardaway” Davis, and more. They’ll spend 50 minutes using suggestions to inspire their improv games, beatboxing, and freestyling.

“Got Your back” is also what Freestyle Love Supreme members say to each other before every show. It means that no matter what happens, they’ll be there for each other. This new virtual show is a chance for the founders and facilitators to demonstrate this concept and to spend an evening lifting each other up with improv and music. A Zoom link will be sent the week of the show.