Thursday, December 31, 2009

Correctional Facility Best Of DVD Promo Video 2010

Since 2006 Urban Artistry in collaboration with CAB CRU and The Assassins Crew International have come together to bring you 5 amazing urban dance and culture events called the Correctional Facility. Visit for more details on the event and uploaded footage that has already been released.

The full length DVD is complete with cypher footage, hip hop battles, bboy/bgirl battles, seven to smoke, locking performances, waacking performances, house dance performances and popping battles. There are call out battles with DC icons Vortex (Natural Elements Crew), Ghost (Lions of Zion Crew) and Fatrawk (Arrive To Defy) from Bulgaria's famous Sleepwalkingz, solos from Frantick, Future, Rashaad, Popula, among others and hot box footage with Maryland's own Ironman. This DVD box set promises to give you everything you would expect from a Best Of DVD Series.

See the promo available now and stay tuned for the full length DVD which will be available in late 2010. A special thanks goes out to the probono filmmakers who captured this footage for us, especially Geoff Bund, Nick Huynh, Daniel Lagdameo and their assistants, the DJ's, Baronhawk Poitier, Mate Masie, Halfstep and Obyeah, the local, national and international competitors, MC's Halfstep, Ironman and Guerilla Will and the many guests who made this event possible.

We are grateful to all the supporters who believe in the Correctional Facility Mission that when talk is ineffective, we can correct through movement. Stay tuned for more events to come in 2010.

Montgomery College presents: Urban Artistry

Join Urban Artistry for their educational production teaching the origins of urban dance, music and arts culture at the brand new Montgomery College Theater in downtown Silver Spring, as part of the Saturday Morning Children Series on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 11 a.m.
.htm The House That Jack Built. With Urban Artistry., Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian, Smithsonian National Museum of American History The House That Jack Built. With Urban Artistry., Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Join Urban Artistry as they take you on a journey through the dances associated with House Music Culture. This is a family friendly show, open to all ages with an educational component. See the link below for more information.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Black Expressions: Hip Hop Festival!!! February 19th & 20th 2010

Join Urban Artistry at this years
Mason/Rhynes' 7th Annual
Black Expressions: Hip Hop Festival!!!

Friday, February 19th 2010 at 8pm
Saturday, February 20th 2010 at 8pm
Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Performing Arts Center
Montgomery College
TP/SS Campus
Silver Spring, MD

MRP brings you the best in dance, music, and spoken word in this heart-pumping showcase of DC hip hop. Let's put it this way, there are three exclamation points for a reason...check out the festival and you'll see why! Featuring Reggie Glass, Komplex, Shodekeh, Culture Shock DC, Urban Artistry, Tappening, RhythmiX, Dimensions of Funk, Just Tap, DCypher, and DJ 2-Tone Jones.

Tickets on Sale now for INTERSECTIONS

Coyaba Dance Theater
Tappers With Attitude
Urban Artistry
ORIGINS, a joyful collaboration
among three top DC dance companies
celebrating the heritage and soul
of African American dance.

Joining forces for a one-of-a-kind dance celebration, three DC Dance companies will intersect their distinctive powerhouse styles to tell the story of African American dance, culture and heritage. Take Coyaba Dance Theater’s high energy drumming and traditional West African dance. Add Tappers With Attitude’s sassy blend of popular percussive dance steps from the past. Mix with Urban Artistry’s funkstyles, hip-hop and house dance moves spanning decades of popular urban dance history. Season it with Latin flavors, Afro-Caribbean Soul, culturally based Martial Arts movement and you have a recipe for an unforgettable retrospective of dance that defines America.
Ideal for the whole family, this show will be sure to get you on your feet!

Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

ATLAS - Lang Theatre
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Tickets: $15 student / $20 adult
For audiences of all ages.


Hope for the Holidays!

On Monday, December 21st, 2009 Dream for Kids invited Urban Artistry to participate in an event to bring holiday cheer to many homeless, transitional living and foster kids living in the district. The event was a huge success and the folks at Urban Artistry had a blast performing for this kids, teaching them new moves and watching the kids teach us their favorite dances. The event culminated with gifts from Santa which was a thrill for all to watch. Although, the presents portion of the event was exciting, it warmed the hearts of the passionate Urban Artistry dance educators when some of the kids replied "more dancing" when asked what they came to the event for that afternoon.

Artistic Director Rashaad Pearson organized the performance which included Directors and Performers, Emily Wessel, Russell Campbell, Phillip Chang, Ryan Webb, LaTasha Barnes, Rizqi Rachmat, Toyin Sogunro, Maren Cummings, Giovanni Galleno, Lynnette Brunson and our European guest artist Rusi "Roosee" Yusifov from the Sleepwalkingz Crew in Sofia, Bulgaria. The artists performed for 15-20 minutes and then spent the rest of the time dancing with the kids and parents who attended the event.

Unfortunately due to the snow and ice here in DC that weekend, many of the kids couldn't make it to the event that day to meet the dancers from UA. As a consolation, Urban Artistry has promised to provide another show in the spring or summer through the Dream for Kids organization located at the Georgetown Foundry Building in NW, Washington DC. Stay tuned for announcements for this upcoming show as well as other UA events in 2010.

We want to also take a moment to thank Andrew Horn, Director of Dream for Kids DC for organizing this great event and to Washington Post Staff Writer, Darryl Fears for his attendance, support and the kind article he wrote on Tuesday, 12/22/09 covering the event.

To see the article in it's entirety, please follow the below links

For more info about the organization and the event please see the link below:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Urban Artistry is MOVING in 2010!!!

edited 10/26/2010 This program ended on 9/26/2010- Urban Artistry is no longer at the below listed location.

please click on the link to read the full brochure

please click on the link to read the full brochure

As 2009 comes to a close, we say farewell to Tenleytown/Friendship Heights, NW and say hello to Columbia Heights/14th street, NW!

As of December 20th, 2009, URBAN ARTISTRY has offically left The DC Dance Collective and will take up Residentcy at The Dance Institute of Washington starting in January 2010!

All of the current Urban Artistry Staff instructors have retired their classes at DCDC and moved in to our new partner location at 3400 14th Street, NW, Washington DC. There is 2 hour street parking avaliable, as well as validated parking at the Giant Foods and paid parking in the security lot under the Target/Best Buy in the Columbia Heights Neighborhood.

This new loaction is also metro accessible. It is about 2 blocks walking distance from the Columbia Heights Station on the Green Line.

The new class schedule will start the first week in January, with a week of FREE (yes, free) classes as our HOLIDAY GIFT to you!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Hip Hop from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Junious "House" Brickhouse
Rizqi Rachmat
House Dance from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Junious "House" Brickhouse
LaTasha Barnes
Toyin Sogunro
Desmond Howard

Thursday, January 7th, 2010
Breakin (bboy/bgirl) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Emily "Incognito" Wessel
Gabe "Shamrock" Galbraith

Popping Performance Class Preview from 8:00pm to 8:30pm

Rashaad Pearson
Ryan "Future" Webb

Locking Performance Class Preview from 8:30pm to 9:00pm
Baronhawk Poitier "JC" Williams

The regular season of classes kicks off on Sunday, January 10th, 2010 with our new Open Practice Session every Sunday afternoon from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. This structured practice will give students and community participants a safe, clean, healthy place to practice with mentors, dancers and friends of the urban dance community. All styles of dance are welcome and instructors will be on site to help those who are new. This practice will be $5 per person, which goes towards the rent for the space which has been generously discounted to make this practice possible! A live DJ will show up to play the practice about once a month!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
Hip Hop from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Junious "House" Brickhouse
Rizqi Rachmat
House Dance from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Junious "House" Brickhouse
LaTasha Barnes
Toyin Sogunro
Desmond Howard

Thursday, January 7th, 2010
Breakin (bboy/bgirl) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Emily "Incognito" Wessel
Gabe "Shamrock" Galbraith
Thursday, January 14th, 2010 to February18th 2010
6 week enrollment $75
Popping Performance Class from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Rashaad Pearson
Ryan "Future" Webb
Thursday, February 25th, 2010 to April 1st, 2010
6 week enrollment $75
Locking Performance Class from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Baronhawk Poitier "JC" Williams
Performance is informal and takes place in class on the 6th week.
This class is designed for beginners and those looking to clean up their skills.
Performance is Free and Open to the Public!
Emily E. Wessel
Director of Operations
Urban Artistry
Winner of the Dance Metro Dc Award for Best Emerging Performer or Group 2009!
Visit our in-school/after-school program though Class Acts Arts
Visit our International Urban Dancc and Culture Festival

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Underground: sponsored by Urban Artistry

The Underground is an event organized by Denise Kloeden, The British School, Rock Band- Company 28 and Urban Artistry Dance Company, created specifically for High School Students in the DC Metro Area as a place to party, dance, hang out and meet new people!

January 9th 2010
8:00pm to 11:00pm
2001 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC

There will be music provided by Urban Artistry/CAB CRU DJ: Baronhawk Poiter and Rock Band Company 28, as well as a freestyle (allstyles) battle, 1 vs. 1 for a prize of $100 to the winner. The battle will be organized and judged by some of the Urban Artistry Company Directors who will also be making appearances in the cyphers throughout the night!

All DC Metro Area High School Students are welcome. You must present a valid high school ID to enter unless you are a member of Urban Artistry or the British School. For pre-registration, please email and recieve reduced admission for $15, the event will be $20 at the door!

Visit the facebook page also for more info and to RSVP!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

THE ILL INGREDIENT 12.12.09 & Jammin on the 1 12.13.09

Friday Night: Dec 11th, 2009
Join us for the Artist in Residency Celebration at The Dance Institute of Washington
3400 14th Street, NW Washington, DC on the Green Line at Columbia Heights Metro Station

FREE Food & Drinks
Live DJ's, Performances, Cyphers, Film Screening and Special Honors Award from Urban Artistry to Sam "the man" Burns for his contribution to our Culture and Education Project.
Visiting guests: Paulskee (SF Bay Area), Roosee (Sofia, Bulgaria) & Mitsu (NYC) among others.

Then Saturday join us for the Main Event!

Urban Artistry/ Assassins Crew/ Cab Crew present:
The ILLEST Ingredient
This event is open to ALL AGES and is FREE to Kids under 13!!
$10 Admission

2 vs 2 BBoy/ BGirl "Odd Couple" Battles (PRIZE $400)
The format for ODD Couple is that you sign up to battle at the door.

Partners are picked at random once registration has closed.
BBoy Judges:
Roosee (Sleepwalkingz, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Ironman (Cab Cru/ Urban Artistry, Rockville, Maryland)

Paulskee (Rock Force Crew/ Mighty 4- International, Bay Area, California)

1 vs 1 Popping Battles (PRIZE $200)
Popping Judges:

Rashaad (Assassins/ Urban Artistry, Bay Area, California)

Ryan (Assassins/ Urban Artistry, Washington, DC)

Mitsu (Assassins Family/ Urban Artistry Family, New York, NY via Japan)

DJ Baronhawk Poitier
DJ Mate Masie
DJ Obeyah

Sunday 12/ 13/ 2009
Pop Shop: Jammin On The 1!
open cypher jam session $5
2pm - 4pm

DC Dance Collective

4908 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington DC 20016

12/11/09 at 7pm **FREE EVENT** Artist in Residency Preview Celebration at The Dance Institute of Washington

Urban Artistry and The Dance Institute of Washington proudly present:
Artist in Residency Preview Celebration

Friday, December 11th, 2009 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Location: 3400 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010-3401
This event is Free and Open to the Public

7:00pm Cocktail Reception - 8:00pm Program Begins

Performances by:

DJ Obeyah (Yeah Class/ Urban Artistry, Virginia)
DJ Baronhawk Poitier (CAB CRU/ Urban Artistry, Maryland)
DJ Mate Masie (CAB CRU/ Urban Artistry, Maryland)
DJ Roosee (Sleepwalkkingz, Bulgaria)

Special tribute to:
The Underground Soul Solution
DJ Sam “The Man” Burns (DC/MD/VA)
From Urban Artistry Family

Announcements for Urban Artistry’s Upcoming Classes at DIW
Announcements for Other DIW Programs and Performances

Introduce “Roosee” from the Sleepwalkingz Crew, Bulgaria
Talking about his experience with Urban Dance and Culture Abroad
Demo with the bboys/bgirls from Urban Artistry

Introduce Urban Dance Gear from Rogue Squirrel
Urban Artistry’s partner for the International Soul Society Festival
April 15th to April 18th, 2010 in Washington, DC

From the DJ Bassnectar Show at the 9:30 Club in November
Featuring: Youth Performers from Urban Artistry & Hip Hop Education
Meet the Filmmaker: Megan Keefe

Announcements for INTERSECTIONS DC at the Atlas Theater on H Street
Saturday, February 20th 2010 @ 2:00pm Sunday, February, 21st 2010
Documentary Film Creation and Production Overview
Tappers With Attitude, Coyaba Dance Theater, Urban Artistry
Filmmaker- Megan Keefe

Demo Performances from International Trips
Seoul, Korea and Smolyn, Bulgaria with Urban Artistry Directors:
Rashaad Pearson & Ryan “Future” Webb
Toyin Sogunro & LaTasha Barnes

w/ Live DJ’s & Performers

and later this month at the Dance Institute of Washington:

Our Holiday gift to you!

Keep checking the blog or come to the event for details coming soon!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

EVOLUTION: Friday's in December & January at 8:30pm learn proper streching for dance, tumbling & gymnastics skills at the DC Dance Collective

please email for details or questions about our new location!

On Friday, December 4th, 2009 join Yoga Instructor Tara Huber for a fundemental yoga class for all ages designed with the body of an urban dancer in mind. This class will allow dancers to achieve better flexibility, maintain stronger muscles and education in concepts for overall health and wellness. This class will be from 8:30pm to 9:45pm at the DC Dance Collective, 4908 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Washington, DC- on the red line metro between Friendship Heights and Tenleytown Stations.

For the month of December join Urban Artistry Artistic Director/ CAB CRU Giovanni "1 Mo' Round"Galleno and Urban Artistry/Capital Funk Performer Hannah George-Wheeler for classes in foundational tumbling, gymnastics and proper streaching techniques sure to help you overcome your fears, protect your body from injury and get that power move you have been trying for years!
Giovanni and Hannah have years of combined experience instructing in gymnastics and tumbling for all ages, as well as experience with dance, yoga, martial arts and other various forms of fitness training equipping them with the skills needed to create a strong curriculum in the art of movement.

These classes are open to all ages and levels and will take place every Friday in December at 8:30pm at the DC Dance Collective, 4908 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC.
Please contact the information below for details:
Emily E. Wessel
Director of Operations

Urban Artistry Classes every Friday with The Washington Ballet at The ARC

Classes now avaliable every Friday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in The Washington Ballet Studios at The ARC. Join Urban Artistry instructors for a different style of urban dance and culture each week:

Hip Hop I @ 5:00pm
Hip Hop 2 @ 6:00pm
Teen Hip Hop @ 7:00pm

With instruction ranging from Hip Hop Freestyle foundation to advanced execution and performance techniques, Junious "House" Brickhouse (The Assassins Crew) and his Urban Artistry program, is focused on building well-rounded, "ambassadors of Urban Dance and Hip Hop Culture."
Social dancers and active artists alike will recieve history and vocabulary in Hip Hop, Popping, Locking, Breakin (bboying/bgirling) and the influences that have taken Hip Hop from an idea to an urban artform.
Come out and join Urban Artistry at The Washington Ballet Studios at the ARC every Friday night to obtain the skills and the confidence needed to represent on any dance floor and learn how to create choreography that explodes on stage!

For more information contact:
Mary Wroth
School Coordinator
202.889.8150 x236
The Washington Ballet at the ARC
1901 Mississippi Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20020

Urban Artistry joins Class Acts Arts in 2009!

In 2009, Urban Artistry joined arts in schools agent Class Acts Arts to provide educational performing arts programming in area schools. They hope to provide insight into the culture and history of urban dance, music and arts culture by presenting shows that feature a live DJ, dancers in various cultural, ethnic and urban styles as well as details about the history of they all came to be.

"Class Acts Arts, Inc. is a non-profit arts outreach and presenting organization dedicated to bringing high quality and culturally diverse performances, workshops and artist residencies to schools and communities, at-risk youth, seniors, and special needs populations throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia."

Class Acts Arts
8100 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-588-7525
Toll-Free: 866-458-8966
Fax: 301-588-7270

Urban Artistry new show premier presented at The Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College on 11/17/09 at 7:00pm

Last night at the open house for the brand new, beautiful Performing Arts Center at Mongtomery College in Silver Spring, arts in schools agent Class Acts Arts presented the latest new work by the Urban Dance Company, Urban Artistry entitled "DIGITAL FUNK 5002."

The concept and stage direction for this piece was created by internationally recognized Artistic Director, Rashaad Pearson (Urban Artistry, Assassins Crew International). The piece was performed by LaTasha Barnes, Ryan Webb, Emily Wessel, Giovanni Galleno, Gabe Galbraith, Phillip Chang and Rashaad Pearson.
You can see Urban Artistry again at The Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College on Saturday, March 6th, 2010 at 11:00am for the centers 2009-2010 Saturday Morning Childrens Performing Arts Series. See the link below for more information!

If you would like to see Urban Artistry at your school please contact:
Class Acts Arts
8100 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-588-7525
Toll-Free: 866-458-8966
Fax: 301-588-7270

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Global Perspecitive on Urban Dance and Culture with Urban Artistry: 11/19/09 at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)- Van Ness Campus

International Festival and World Market - Come Experience the UDC international flavor at this fun and tasty event. Meet & Greet the Ambassadors, 4.0 Lounge, 4 PM, visit our wonderful vendors, and enjoy some awesome local talent, Batala, Urban Artistry, Nepalese Dancers, and Salsa Dancing!Building 38, B-Level World Market!

Embassy of the United States in Sofia, Bulgaria

American Dancers to Compete at 10th edition of “Jam on It”
PRESS RELEASE: September 17, 2009

The hip-hop dance troupe “Urban Artistry” will participate and compete in the 10th edition of the “Jam on It” Festival in Smolyan this week. “Urban Artistry” is based in Washington, D.C. and consists of dancers, musicians, and historians who work as ambassadors of urban art and dance culture. The U.S. Embassy in Sofia, through a grant provided by the U.S. State Department, is supporting the troupe’s participation at this event.

Urban Artistry will participate in workshops, events and competitions throughout the festival in Smolyan and will conclude with a performance at the “Crew vs. Crew” competition on Saturday, September 19th at 7 pm. See the “Jam on It” website for more information. Tickets for the performance are free.

Founder and Executive Director Junious “House” Brickhouse and the rest of his company focus on the authentic and complete representation of urban dance genres including: B-Boying/B-Girling , Popping, Locking, Hip–Hop, House Dance, Waacking, and Vogue. Although the members of Urban Artistry are strongly diverse in their education in the urban arts, they remain aware of the many legends who paved the way which allowed them to receive recognition for their art form with influences from African, Latin, Caribbean and Martial Arts roots, among others. Since its establishment in 2005, Urban Artistry has presented the international dance and arts communities with a renewed perspective on urban dance and arts. They believe that Urban Artistry has grown from the vision of one, to the mission of many.This is the second time the U.S. Embassy in Sofia has sponsored “Jam on It.” In 2007, the Embassy supported the hip-hop, rap and dance group HaviKoro. The Embassy supports the lesson of tolerance through culture that is at the heart of the “Jam on It” festival.
For more information on U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs,
please call tel.: 937-5173 or email:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Every Friday in November 2009 at 8:30pm join LaTasha Barnes for EVOLUTION: Urban Artistry's Open Company Class

Join LaTasha Barnes (Urban Artistry, Assassins Crew International) for classes in Waacking, Hip Hop and House Dance every Friday at 8:30pm in November at DC Dance Collective 4908 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington DC.

She incorporates years of hip hop dance experience, fitness training and leadership skills to each of her classes and draws from a wealth of experience training in various styles of urban dance with the Assassins Crew and UA to provide a strong educational experience for her students, encouraging them to be fearless in their execution.

Tasha has competed and won several national competitions around the country including, "Rock Tha Beat, at Bashville Stampede, Nashville TN (March 2009) and at the "House 2 vs. 2" at BreakFestival in Los Angeles, CA (Summer 2009). She was also a strong competitor, alongside other UA members Toyin Sogunro and Sopheye Richard in the Waacking 1 vs. 1 at House Dance International 2008.

See her videos at

Methods- classes in bboy/bgirl foundation and culture with Urban Artistry and CAB CRU

Join Russell "Ironman" Campbell (8:30pm Intermediate) and Emily "Incognito" Wessel (7:30pm Beginner) for classes in vocabulary, technique, foundation and culture each week on Tuesday's at the DC Dance Collective, 4908 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC.

The House That Jack Built with Junious "House" Brickhouse

Locking with Baronhawk Poitier Williams aka "Joe Cool"

Locking is back at the DC Dance Collective in the Fall of 2009!

Join Baronhawk "JC" Williams for classes in the funkstyle dance known as Locking, in this class you will learn foundation, routines, vocabulary and battle strategies on how to become competent in this fierce and funky style of urban dance. All ages and all levels welcome, this is a drop-in class!

Every Thursday Night at 8:30pm
DC Dance Collective
4908 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington DC

The DC Pop Shop is back in effect at The DC Dance Collective

The Washington DC Pop Shop is back...

Assassins and Urban Artistry present a structured open practice for all of you Poppers, Boogie Boys, Lockers, Boogaloo, Struttin, Robot, Waving, Dancers....Come on out and train, build and learn in a healthy way with dancers alike...Special guests and other FUNKY surprises...

Every Sunday 2-4pm $5.00
DC Dance Collective
4908 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC

Join our facebook group and keep up on the special events and special guests!

for questions

Rashaad Pearson teaches in DC every Thursday

Rashaad Pearson (Urban Artistry, Assassins Crew International)

Teaches Funk in Focus- popping and other funkstyle influences.
Thursday's at 7:30pm
(All ages and All Levels welcome- drop in class)

DC Dance Collective
4908 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC

Born and raised in New York City, Rashaad Pearson grew up watching many urban dance forms and listened to a variety of music. When he moved to the Washington D.C. Metro area in 2003, he took dance more seriously and met people who taught him foundation at The D.C./Baltimore Pop Shop. Rashaad’s styles of dance are Popping, House, Hip Hop, Locking, and Waacking. Rashaad has competed in and won various dance competitions around the country, such as Unity & Respect in Boston (2006), Step Ya Game Up in NYC (2007), and All the Way Live in the San Francisco Bay Area (2008). He was also a battle guest at 4 Da Next Level 2 in Busan, Korea (2008). Rashaad currently dances with The Assassins Crew and is the Artistic Director for Popping in Urban Artistry Dance Company.

Rizqi Rachmat joins the faculty at The Dance Institute of Washington for the Fall 2009/Spring 2010 season!
The Dance Institute of Washington
Located at 3400 14th Street,
NW Washington, DC 20010.
Conveniently located and Metro accessible in the revitalized Columbia Heights section of Washington, DC.
Join Rizqi Rachmat (Urban Artistry, Assassins Crew)
Saturdays for Youth Hip Hop Classes
12:45pm and 2:30pm (Fall 2009- Spring 2010)

Rizqi is in high demand as a dance educator who combines years of urban dance, freestyle/fusion hip hop, performance choreography and competitive martial arts study into his classes for a fun, eclectic and original style. He has extensive experience as a youth dance educator and choreographer from his years as the Director for Future Shock, DC and has created countless performance choreographies for local classes and companies in the DC Metro Area. As a founding member of Urban Artistry and an active member of the International Assassins Crew, Rizqi has found himself competing, performing and judging all over the world with his unique and memorable style. He recently directed the Urban Artistry Youth Performers in the Cozza Connection Project DC for DJ Basnectars Fall 2009 tour, along with apprentice Artistic Directors Desmond Howard and Gabe Galbraith and has played a major role alongside the other talented Urban Artistry Artistic Directors, in the development of the performance "Time to Come Home: A Tribute" with Coyaba Dance Theater winner of the Metro DC Dances Award for Emerging Performer or Group in 2009. When he is not practicing various form of movement, he is traveling or studying an array of topics in the field of Economics, Culture, Education and Peace in the Middle East both locally and abroad. Join him on Saturday's at the Dance Institute of Washington or for other special workshops throughout the DC Metro Area.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Urban Artistry competes at REDEMPTION October 24th, 2009 in downtown, Philadelphia- an event hosted by

Congratulations to all who competed at REDEMPTION in Philly October 24th, 2009. Big shout out to Gabe "Shamrock" Galbraith for winning the up and coming battle, and to all the UA performers who entered the up and coming and the all styles battles that afternoon.

To see videos of the battles please visit:

Urban Artistry goes to Bulgaria for JAM ON IT 10!

The Sleepwalkingz and the US Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria invited the Directors from Urban Artistry to visit Sofia and Smolyn, Bulgaria for the Jam On It 10th Anniversary Festival this past September 2009! We were honored to be invited and had the most amazing experience during this trip. Pictures, video and comments from the individual members can be seen at out facebook and youtube page.

Jam On It 10th Anniversary Trailer:

(to see the full length Urban Artistry Performance, please visit our youtube page at

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

SAVE THE DATE- The Soul Society Festival 2010 with Urban Artistry and Rogue Squirrel

The Soul Society Festival is coming again to the DC Metro Area in 2010- Save the Date for the weekend of April 15th through April 18th 2010 as Urban Artistry and Rogue Squirrel bring another great International Festival of urban dance and culture to the DC Metro Area. Stay tuned for details about the festival coming soon, including venues, parties, competitions, workshops, judges and more...coming soon!

View the trailer from Soul Society 2009 here:

COZZA CONNECTION DC a collaboration with DJ Bassnectar, Urban Artistry and Hip Hop Education- Thursday Nov 12th 2009 at the 9:30 Club

A Cozza Connection community service spotlight on Hip Hop Education and Urban Artistry.

Hip Hop Education is a DC-area organization dedicated to "keeping it street" by providing real, empowering, and positive lyrics for area children to perform and listen to.

Urban Artistry is an internationally known, multigenerational performance organization that spans the spectrum of performance styles. Urban Artistry has incredible knowledge of the capacity of our bodies, and respects the value of movement for everyone. Because of this respect, much of the funds they raise and the work they do is contributed to provide prosthetic limbs to child amputees in partnership with Kicking for Kids Who Can't, because nothing should slow these kids down.

Produced by Megan Keefe and Petri Dish TV. Huge thanks is due!

Written by Lia Holland of Bassnectarlabs and Community Activism

This film created by the amazing filmmaker Megan Keefe and her crew, documents a collaboration project between Urban Artistry: an International Culture and Education Project based in Washington, DC and Hip Hop Education, a 501(c)(3) located in Maryland which was created to help provide children with rap & hip hop lyrics that speak to their experience and are age appropriate.

The collaboration project is sponsored by the Fall 2009 DJ Bassnectar Tour. Please visit the 9:30 Club on Thursday, November 12th 2009 at 8:00pm to see the youth from both organizations perform their work live before the show!

Thank you to everyone who made this project possible,
Everyone from Hip Hop Education,
filmmaker Megan Keefe and her crew,
Show Director Rizqi Rachmat,
Director of Operations at Urban Artistry Emily Wessel,
Executive Director of Urban Artistry Junious "House" Brickhouse,
Urban Artistry Director of IT Management Harley "Halfstep" Jackson who made the connection with KFKWC possible,
all the Urban Artistry members who helped out,
The Assassins Crew and Cab Cru for their support in this project,
the youth and parents from Urban Artistry,
Youth Show Directors Gabe Galbraith and Desmond Howard,
Tim and Ginna Goodenow from Kicking for Kids who Can't,

Lia from the Dj Bassnectar Tour and most importantly DJ Bassnectar for allowing us to provide this performance space for our kids!

Great work everyone!

See the documentary & performance Live at the DJ Bassnectar Cozza Frenzy Tour Show at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, November 12th, 2009 at 8:00pm- get your tickets early before they sell-out! This event is going to be amazing!

See a preview of the documentary on youtube at this link:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Urban Artistry helps Kicking for Kids Who Can't 2009

Join Urban Artistry Dancers and DJ's this weekend at the Kicking For Kids Who Can't, Annual Kick-a-thon this Sunday on The National Mall from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

This is an all ages event that is open to the public and FREE!

Please visit for more information or contact us directly at Thanks for the support!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Soul Society- April 18th 12pm to 12am

Urban Artistry and Rouge Squirrel present:

April 18th 2009
12pm to 12am

1st Annual Urban Dance and Culture Festival
featuring artists from around the world!!!