Urban Artistry ONLINE: Upcoming Events

Saturday, 12/12: Derick Grant: A Dance & Dialogue experience through the lens of Tap Dance!

Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live for the Dialogue and Live Q&A
4-5PM EST – Dialogue
5-5:30PM EST – Live Q&A
6:30-8PM EST – Tap Master Class ($20) *Register now*
*International folks, please register by sending your EMAIL address and $20 through PayPal: paypal.me/urbanartistry

Tap Dance is a living tradition, and Derick K. Grant has played a major role in preserving its history, shaping its present, and securing its future. Tap is a street dance form, a branch of the same tree as Hip Hop, House, Breaking, Popping, Locking, and Jazz, all with roots in Africa. Tap dancers are also musicians, and Tap has always had a close relationship with African American music. As a member of the original ensemble of Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, Derick brought this connection to the Broadway stage, expressing the Hip Hop culture in which he grew up, as well as the ancestral traditions that live in Tap, in his rhythms and movement. Throughout his career as a performer and educator, Derick has been a tradition-bearer, a historian, and an innovator, and we invite you to learn about both his story and the story of Tap Dance in this online Dance & Dialogue session.

 Urban Artistry presents a new Directorate:



The Afro Continuum Cultural Exchange Initiative is a diasporic family reunion that is grounded in holding space for ethnic specificity, amplifying living traditions, and embracing the connection and continuation of arts in multiple local and global communities. Despite centuries of efforts to break, erase, and devalue ancestral traditions throughout the African diaspora, this Urban Artistry, Inc. initiative connects a global network of organizations and artist-educators to decolonize and unlearn the myth of a monolithic Black Aesthetic.
Through dialogue, workshops, panel discussions, and exchanges, tradition bearers insist that when linguistic, regional, ethnic, and communal specificities are shared, Black Excellence- the vastness of its complexity will continue ad infinitum. Be sure to follow @theafrocontinuum to stay updated on all that is to come!

New Weekly Classes Offered featuring excellent instructors, Kati Hernandez and Adrian Valdivia! 



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:

See our weekly class schedule and register for your online class!

Urban Artistry is excited to participate and support 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:

Instagram: @wheatonartsparade
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WheatonArtsParade


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


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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Urban Artistry, Inc is in part funded by the Maryland State Arts Council.
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