Sanuel "Sammy Mac" McIntosh

Young alumnus Samuel "Sammy Mac" McIntosh '15 advocates for the gravity of hip-hop culture through music and dance.

BW grad builds hip-hop arts career

January 16, 2018

Sanuel "Sammy Mac" McIntoshBaldwin Wallace graduate Samuel (Sammy Mac) MacIntosh '15, has utilized his arts management and classical ballet and modern dance experience at BW to develop a career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher of hip-hop dance, specializing in the genre known as "popping."

Popping is a form of movement where the artist exhibits control of specific muscles – both contracting and releasing them to accompany the beat of the song or parts of the song, usually through hip-hop.

Advocating for his art

Sammy Mac dancingIn a profile for Creative Compass, a publication of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), McIntosh talked about defining hip-hop as a technique-driven art form, advocating strongly for its gravity in American society.

"Though the culture has come a long way, we still don’t place enough value on Hip Hop dancing in America yet," he told Creative Compass.

To recognize and support his artistry, CPAC awarded McIntosh a one-year arts administration fellowship.

McIntosh is also part-owner of the Cleveland hip-hop collective known as AyyeDeesMM (or 80's MeetsModern), a group that modernizes old hip-hop. Finally, he raps and writes music.

Hip Hop DNA

Samuel McIntosh congratulated by BW President Robert Helmer at his commencementDrawn to and influenced by hip-hop culture in his youth, McIntosh said, "I can't say or even recall being introduced; it felt more like Hip-Hop was always embedded in my DNA...The beauty I saw in Hip-Hop dance is that after being given a specific foundation, you are encouraged to provide a sense of individualism. This gave me confidence, purpose, and freedom to express emotions and ideas that I have never opened up before."

Check out some of his moves on YouTube.