Monday, November 16, 2009

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:

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