WHAT IS A CYPHER JAM?
A cypher jam is an improvisational space dedicated to all Hip Hop art forms. The word cypher itself comes from the circle formation that the participants stand in as performers "battle" each other in dance in the center of the circle. There are generally judges at cypher battles who determine winners in different categories like bboying/bgirling/popping/locking, etc. Cyphers are used to build community, learn from other dancers and artists, and show off. The Project 401 cypher will be an "All Stylez Battle," meaning that all types of performance are welcomed and encouraged, as are spectators.