Freestyle Lab: NYC
Hip-hop is a culture, a movement, and a platform. A means for seeing, celebrating, confronting, and conversing about the world. Hip-hop is a way of life.
Freestyle Lab by WorldStrides is a weekend of workshops and rehearsals with featured artists in the hip-hop industry.
You will then perform on two of the most famous stages in the world—The Apollo Theatre and Carnegie Hall!
This experience goes beyond the beat to immerse you in this American art form with a story as powerful as its sound. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in its birthplace, New York City, with hands-on, icon-led instruction that culminates in a legendary performance onstage at Carnegie Hall exploring the evolution of hip-hop.
October 14-17, 2023
Don't stall-save those moves for the dance floor.
The Q Brothers
Your Mix, Your Way
At Freestyle Lab, you're the DJ. Choose the track that speaks to you-music, dance, or art & culture-and in no time, you'll be in NYC learning, sightseeing, and collaborating with others who share similar interests.
What's your passion?
Music, Beats, Production, Scratch, Vocals, MCing, Freestyle
Breakdancing, Locking & Popping, Stepping
The Pillars of Hip-Hop, Fashion Styles, The Sneaker, Street Art, Tagging, Digital Art & Production
What to Expect
Instruction from industry legends and the brightest up-and-coming talent
A once-in-a-lifetime performance onstage at world-renowned Carnegie Hall alongside your fellow artists
Exclusive sightseeing tours around New York City
Accommodations at The New Yorker, a historic Midtown Art Deco hotel
Panel Discussion about hip-hop careers with professionals across the industry
Hands-on-training in your area of interest
An exclusive tour of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, the first of its kind
Your Own Amateur Night at The Apollo
Learn by Doing
Don't just learn about hip-hop. Become a part of its history. Freestyle Lab was born from a thirst for culturally relevant, hands-on training. Here, you'll break through boundaries, stereotypes, and developing and leaving your legacy along the way.
Dynamic workshops and engaging panels led by some of the industry's most well-respected names will immerse you in an unforgettable three days of hip-hop masterclasses. Check out a few of the incredible sessions available to join.
Curious about what the days will look like? Check out the preliminary itinerary.
Rehearse at the Apollo Theater
Since opening its doors in 1914 and introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, and soul-all quintessentially American music genres. A catalyst for new artists and audiences, the Apollo is a partner in the projection of the African American narrative and its role in the development of American and global culture.
If you are interested in participating in one of the Apollo's signature Amateur Nights, you are in luck! We are producing our own Amateur Night! Participants will have the opportunity to perform live on the Apollo Stage. The historic talent competition has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, like Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R., Machine Gun Kelly, Jazmine Sullivan, and more.