In addition to collaborative performances with other companies, projects, and events, Urban Artistry also produces shows, live events, flash mobs, and global educational exchanges to further its cultural mission.
An international urban dance and culture festival sponsored in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Soul Society spans an entire week celebrating hip hop culture! Detailed information is available at www.internationalsoulsociety.com.
In 2012, Urban Artistry was proud to present the DMC DJ Battle at U St. Music Hall. Winners of this battle went on to compete in the national DMC DJ championships. Photos and more information are available at the DMC Facebook page. Soul Society also included the Tru Skool MC Showcase with the Proseeds Project, Enoch 7th Prophet, and DJ Earth 1NE, bringing together emcees both local and from around the world for a night of hip hop celebration at Lounge of Three on U St. To wrap up the festival, in collaboration with Albus Cavus, American Parkour, Forward Festival, and 5×5 Project, the Flow party brought together dancers, artists, DJs, MCs, and athletes at the Bridgespot in Garfield Park.
Nuit Blanche DC is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, stretching from the heart of Chinatown to the Shaw neighborhood. Urban Artistry performed throughout the evening in an old-school block party, with music by DJ Baronhawk Poitier and DJ Mate Masie. We also welcomed Scotty76 back to DC!
Urban Corps creates a new give and take between French and American dancers, generating a symbiotic, artistic relationship. This collaboration, the likes of which is unprecedented in D.C., serves as proof that urban issues are not only local, but mutually influenced on both sides of the Atlantic and across the globe. Urban Artistry is proud to take part in the Urban Corps festival, including a discussion titled Old School: the birth of hip hop in the US and France and the festival’s closing dance battle.
Capitol Tap, Coyaba Dance Theater, and Urban Artistry explore the parallels and paradoxes within the life cycle of the movements, music, and cultures that make us go. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. A reprise of this acclaimed show was produced and performed with students from the DC Arts and Technology Academy. More information about Origins can be found at www.originsoneheartbeat.com.
A monthly all-styles battle and workshop event, The Illest Ingredient takes place every month on RED Friday at U St. Music Hall. More information can be found at the Facebook page.
The United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and Urban Artistry presented a series of workshops and discussions on urban culture and dance. UA Executive Director Junious Brickhouse and several artistic directors traveled to the islands to teach and perform. Visit the embassy Facebook page for more information.
As part of a two-week “Youth Development through Urban Dance and Culture” program, supported by the U.S. Mission to South Africa, Executive Director Junious “House” Brickhouse traveled to Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, and Johannesburg to teach dance and film workshops in March of 2011.
Urban Artistry travelled to Bulgaria in September 2010 to participate and compete in “Jam on It 10″ in the city of Smolyan. The trip was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Sofia.
Weekly Workshops presented by Urban Artistry in Montreal, Canada. More information at Montreal Workshop’s Facebook Page.
This year’s Dance Is The Answer includes Flash Mobs, a world-wide phenomenon that has busted into being in the last few years. With the coming of age of viral videos and social networking, YOU have the opportunity to learn and perform a dance!
A promotional collaboration with The Washington Ballet, Urban Artistry’s Baronhawk Poitier created a locking routine as part of a longer flash mob routine. It was performed in Dupont Circle, in Northwest DC.
Urban Artistry joined producer/DJ Todd Terry with a dance tribute to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of “SAMBA.”
Urban Artistry collaborates with Kwasi in his music video, “Stand Up.”
Dance in the Circle is a major new six-hour dance festival that will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It will feature performances and instruction in various styles in the center of Dupont Circle Park on April 21, 2012 from 3pm to 9pm. A sound system, DJ and parquet floor will set the stage for the event. Established dance companies from across the DC Metro Area are participating, including Urban Artistry. More information available at danceinthecircle.org.
Produced in cooperation with Hip Hop Education
Classes and performances in collaboration with Beat Refinery.
On Sunday, August 1st at 2 PM in Meridian Hill Malcolm X Park (Washington DC), dance company Urban Artistry performed to an audience in total silence–at least, that’s how it looked to anyone walking by. The audience members and dancers downloaded a free MP3 of accompanying music composed by BLUEBRAIN for the occasion, and performed to it over headphones using a synchronized countdown.