Haleem “Stringz” Rasul
The stage is his canvas and his body moves like a brush within a balanced composition of technique and artistry. From the foundation of b-boying, the original hip-hop dance, using design elements of line, contrast, shape, pattern, juxtaposition, and repetition to create a smooth display that interprets the rhythms he encounters.
Haleem “Stringz” Rasul discovered his passion for the arts at an early age. Growing up in Detroit came with its own unique challenges that served as motivators manifesting into his creative and business ventures following graduating from Western Michigan University in 2001. He established Hardcore Detroit as a brand dance company and fashion label. His motto “hardcore,” represents success after struggle and overcoming hardships to achieve victory. By 2010, Hardcore Detroit was voted best dance company in the Real Detroit Reader’s Poll.
He has instructed dance workshops internationally, judged and participated in dance tournaments throughout the nation gaining international respect, organized dance-related events in his hometown and produced relevant merchandising materials.
In 2006 Haleem was selected for Red Bull Beat Riders: one of the world’s premier urban dance events. Beat Riders brings together a handpicked international group of 30 of the best up-and-coming urban dancers to train and study with the founders of contemporary urban culture and dance.