Urban Artistry ONLINE: Upcoming Events
The Afro Continuum presents a Dance & Dialogue with Lisa La Touche!
Saturday, April 17
Free of charge! All levels welcome, no tap shoes needed.
Dialogue and Q&A 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST Register now
Footage & Movement Workshop: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST Register now
Lisa will discuss her career and the traditions she is a part of, particularly the Black Broadway production, Shuffle Along, which literally stopped traffic a century ago, and through its revival, still resonates powerfully today. Lisa will share the names and stories of performers we may not know about but should, such as Florence Mills and Mable Lee. We will also have the chance to experience the tradition through footage and movement. No specific experience or special shoes required, just an eagerness to learn.
As a proud Canadian and New Yorker, Lisa’s credits are world renowned. She was an original cast member in Broadway’s Shuffle Along, choreographed by Savion Glover and Directed by George C. Wolfe, where she received both the Fred Astaire Award and the Actor’s Equity Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Her TV credits include the 70th Annual Tony Awards and Amazon’s Original “Z, The beginning of everything”. Previous highlights have also included touring with the Savion Glover production, Stepz, and also performing with both New York’s Off-Broadway and the North American touring casts of STOMP. Since 2010 she has run her own performance company Tap Phonics and has been commissioned to present for such organizations such as The Brooklyn Museum, 92Y and Fall For Dance North. As an educator and Professor she has taught for PACE University, NYU, The School of Jacob’s Pillow, University of Calgary, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Rosie’s Theater Kids and member of the creative council for the American Tap Dance Foundation. Above all, her proudest achievement greatest inspiration, is the gift of being a mom.
Our Dedication To Service – A Special Announcement
We have extended free programming through April! As an effort to help our supporting communities & partners understand that we see and hear their voices, we offer this very special announcement from Urban Artistry Inc., Executive Director – Junious Lee Brickhouse.
Our hope is that in these times, we are upholding the mission at the standard of building authentic connections and experiences with the people that we engage with in our programming. As a Non-Profit Organization, our commitment to the service & safety of these very communities is priority number one. We hope you hear our message and continue the journey with us in bearing the traditions we were passed. Thank each and every one of you for your time and support.
To take advantage of Urban Artistry’s free programming exentions through April! Please register for classes through Urban Artistry’s Mindbody site!
Having an issue registering? Please see our step-by-step instructions and contact information for support.
Urban Artistry presents a new Directorate:
New Weekly Classes Offered featuring excellent instructors, Kati Hernandez and Adrian Valdivia!
- Afro Cuban Dance Oricha Therapy As a Way of Knowing: Mondays from 6-7:30pm EDT, taught by Kati Hernández
- Foundations of Cuban Casino: Wednesdays from 7-8:00 pm EDT, taught by Adrian Valdivia
ONLINE WEEKLY CLASSES: REGISTER NOW!
Urban Artistry Dance Academy is offering all youth and adult weekly classes online! Please note there are no in-person classes and all open sessions are canceled until further notice. See our weekly class schedule and register for your online class!
Styles of dance include:
- Afro Cuban Dance Oricha Therapy As a Way of Knowing
- Cuban Casino
- Groove fundamentals
- Hip Hop Dance
- House Dance
- Memphis Jookin’
Urban Artistry is excited to have participated and supported the virtual Wheaton Arts Parade 2020! To view Urban Artistry’s cypher, please check out the Wheaton Arts Parade Dance Party Video (Urban Artistry’s performance takes place between 28:25-48:23). For more information about the Wheaton Arts Parade, visit their website and check out their social media:
Get to know the person behind the movement!
View past dialogues on our Facebook page videos
Urban Artistry’s Dance & Dialogue Series invites influential urban dancers to participate in a dialogue to share a bit about their story of how they developed into the artist they are today. After learning about the person behind the movement, the guest artist will teach a workshop. All dialogues and workshops will be recorded and added to Urban Artistry’s Urban Dance Digital Archives.
Past interviews can be viewed on our Facebook page videos. include the following guest artists:
- Raphael “Vaizeen” Xavier
- Damon “Rubberband Man” Frost
- Alain “Hurrikane” Lauture
- Henrick “Locksmith”
- Samantha Mavinga
- Shelby “Gameova Skip” Skipper
- Anthony “YNot” Denaro
- Kosi Eze
- Deandre “OG Dre” Byers
- Torrence “Tea-Buggz” Griffin
- Derick Grant
THE PRESERVATORY PROJECT
Check out the The Preservatory Project, the archival of the voices of the urban dance community in Maryland and the greater Washington, DC area.
Directions to our studio
Our studio is just 10 minutes north of the Silver Spring exit off of 495 and a 5-minute walk from the Wheaton Metro. Convenient parking is available.
Urban Artistry Dance Academy
11308 Grandview Ave Suite 200
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Studio landline: (301)348 – 8782
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