Peter "P-Boogie" Reynolds Jr., hip hop faculty at The Hartt School Community Division
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Peter "P-Boogie" Reynolds Jr.

Dance Faculty, Hip Hop

Peter ReynoldsPeter (P-Boogie) Reynolds Jr., was born in Hartford, Conn. During his late youth and teens he moved to West Hartford and Bloomfield and later moved back to Hartford.

Reynolds starting dancing after watching and following videos of Michael Jackson over and over, but it was in 2000 that he entered his first talent show at Conard High and met another local dancer by the name of “Popkorn." The two of them began a close relationship totally based from dance . That same year he was introduced to a mentor by the name of “Trac 2,” who is a Legendary Bboy, as well as one of the original “Bboys” from the South Bronx, New York.

After meeting the two legends, Reynolds not only learned about the history of Connecticut’s Hip-Hop scene and culture, but he also retained and studied everything about the Hip-Hop culture and history through battles, lectures, and community performances in and out of the tri-state area while being mentored by Trac2.

For the past 13 years, Reynolds has taught foundations and technique in dance styles such as Roboting, Locking, Popping, and Hip-Hop (old/new).

Reynolds is cofounder of Studio-8-Sixty located in Hartford, Conn., cofounder of Village of Poppers (New England Dance Crew), and an independent dance instructor at the Artist Collective, Charter Oak Culture Center, and The Hartt School Community Division, all located in the city of Hartford. Peter has also been one of the original principal dancers of the first Hip-Hop dance company in Connecticut, EQuilibrium Dance Theatre, since 2009.

In his career, Reynolds has performed with and opened up for artists such as Busta Rhymes, KRS-ONE, Black Eye Peas, The Doug Elkins Dance Company (Fraulein Maria), and Suga Pop (Electric Boogaloos). He was also awarded the Dedication and Commitment award by Zulu Nation 860 in 2013 for his teaching, dedication, and giving back to the community through “Popping.”

Reynolds plans on continuing to reach and teach individuals through dance, lectures, performances, and being a positive role model in and out of the Hartford community.

“Foundation, Dedication, & Cre8tion.” P-Boogie