Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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:

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