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: