Urban Artistry ONLINE: Upcoming Events
Saturday, 12/12: Derick Grant: A Dance & Dialogue experience through the lens of Tap Dance!
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:
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 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:
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
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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