Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Performance at BLANK SPACE OPEN HOUSE in SE, Washington DC

Contact: Lisa Bacon
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 202-365-8392
Mailing Address: 1227 Good Hope Road SE
Washington DC 20020
New Blank Space Arts Venue to Host Open House

December 9, 2010 (Washington, DC) -- Blank Space SE, a new permanent creative pop-up space in Anacostia, will be hosting its first ever Open House event since its inception in October. The Open House will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 11am-7pm with a performance portion from 5-7pm.

The event will include a special performance by Urban Artistry, a non-profit collective of dancers, artists, historians, musicians, folklorists and documentary filmmakers on a mission to preserve and continue the practice of urban dance, music and arts culture. As well as a one-day only, special photo exhibition by Critical Exposure, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.

Blank Space SE welcomes all professional, experimental, visionary, original artists and organizations to use the space as their own temporary creative home, as it is meant to be the ideal rental venue for all forms of creative projects and outlets. Community members are invited as well as local organizations and schools. This event is free and open to the public.

Blank Space SE, located at 1922 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, is available for many different projects, including (but not limited to): the production of your own art exhibit, a dance or theatre event, a workshop or classroom, a short term studio, a think tank, a creative crucible, a pop up boutique, or business.

Blank Space SE is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation (, a twenty year old not for profit dedicated to the creative revitalization of the Historic Anacostia community in Washington, D.C.
For further inquiries, please contact Lisa Bacon at Be sure to visit the Blank Space SE website for details:

BBOY Workshop w/ Hannibal from Philly

Urban Artistry Presents:
A Bboying Workshop with Hannibal from Philly

When: Sunday, January 2, 2011 from 4:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Dance Bethesda: 8227 Woodmont Avenue #2a, Bethesda, MD 20814

RED LINE METRO- Bethesda Station
FREE PARKING avaliable in Woodmont Garage

Cost: $20 (2 hour workshop)
4pm Warm up cypher
5pm to 7pm Workshop

Brian “Hannibal” Newby was born and raised in North Philadelphia. He grew up in a neighborhood where he was exposed to many block parties and house parties. Being in this environment led to his first attraction towards dance. He started popping in 1998 after he began watching and mimicking his mother dance. Six years later Hannibal started breaking and also became an influence and teacher to others around him. He was quickly recognized as a dancer with tremendous talent and style. He started his own movement, 360 Flava, where he strived to teach and share the knowledge and full aspect of Hip-Hop. Along with entering and winning b-boy battles, he stepped foot into the commercial business. He danced promotionally for BET and Adidas to name a few. Hannibal was personally sought out and asked to join Rennie Harris Puremovement, allowing him to fully enter the theater world. With the company he has performed at numerous places including Jacob’s Pillow, the San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Fest, and Apap in New York. His enormous talent has also allowed him to tour internationally to Mexico, Switzerland, and Bolivia where he did work for the U.S. government. With the combination of his talent, knowledge and intelligence, Hannibal has become an outstanding figure in the Hip-Hop community not only in Philadelphia. He is a leader who understands his role and chooses to continue working, learning and inspiring everyday.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

MODERN LUXURY named UA #3 in the Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2011

A special thanks to Philippa P.B. Hughes for recommending us!!

#3 in their list of the top ten DC based artists to watch in 2011

Washington Area Grantmakers FLASH MOB!

...the once-a-year opportunity for the region's social profit community to gather, network and collectively explore some of the most exciting topics and difficult challenges affecting our region and the field of philanthropy. Join us this year as we explore "Opportunities for Impact."

Thursday, November 18, 2010:

URBAN ARTISTRY, Dance MetroDC and the Teen Exchange crashed the WRAG Business meeting to ask for a little bit of HELP! They got together with some secret foundation representatives that learned the FLASH MOB choreography created by Baronhawk Williams of Urban Artistry and jumped up from their luncheon seats to perform with the dancers. The crowd was overwhelmed to see their collegues getting down to the funky sounds and everyone had a great time performing together.

WATCH OUT you never know where we will hit with this years FLASH MOB!

Business Meeting (for members only)
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am | Location: Ronald Reagan Building
Speaker: GABRIEL KASPER, Monitor Instituteand co-author of What's Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World
* Sponsored by the Vradenburg Foundation

Luncheon & Keynote Speaker
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm | Location: Ronald Reagan Building
Speaker: MANUEL PASTOR, JR., co-author of This Could be the Start of Something BIG: How Social Movements for Regional Equity Are Reshaping Metropolitan America
* Sponsored by Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


The Urban Artistry family has moved to a new location.

Please visit our new classes at:

8227 Woodmont Ave #2a
Bethesda, MD 20814
(202) 431-4202 for more information or visit our website at

Classes are offered every Thursday

6:00pm Breakin with Russell Campbell
7:00pm Hip Hop with Rashaad Pearson
8:00pm House Dance with Junious Brickhouse

All classes are $10 drop in and are open to all levels and ages- no prior experience is required for any of these classes.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Correctional Facility Promo

New partners, new battles, new beefs, new artists...coming soon in 2011


Dance/MetroDC Kick-Off Party

Urban Artistry's youngest current member Kalik Mumean performing some toprock to the sounds of DJ Baronhawk Poitier at the MetroDC Dance Kick-Off Party at SkyBar in Washington DC.

Iron Man vs Meen187| UNBREAKABLE III

Battle between Artistic Director Russell Cambell and MEEN187 of Dynamic Rockers at UNBREAKABE 2010... see what's in store for 2011.

Community Day @ The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Highlights from The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art- Community Day!
September 18, 2010 @ 3:00pm
950 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20560

National Urban League Centennial Exhibit - Video Wall Excerpts

The National Urban League Centennial Exhibit - Video Wall Excerpts by STUDIOUP!

Featuring Executive Director Junious Brickhouse
Apprentice Director Desmond Howard
Performers: Natalie Hoffman, Manuel Iglesias, James Draney and Gabe Lipton Galbraith

Part of The National Urban League Annual Conference whih took place at The Washington Convention Center during the Summer of 2010.

Funk in Focus Workshops

This video is a sample of the Funk in Focus Workshops with Urban Artistry's Artistic Directors Rashaad Pearson and Ryan Webb. Their partner work has traveling the globe spreading the knowledge, culture and education of the urban dance styles of popping, strutting, boogaloo and the robot among other funk, soul dance and hip hop dance styles that these amazing artists have the ability to teach. Their choreography, performances and workshops never fail to impress and their ability to bring this knowledge in an age appropriate manner to students of all ages sets them apart from their competition every time.

Their workshops and performances have been featured at Jam On IT in Smolyn, Bulgaria, IllReality in Philadelphia, PA, The World Dance Coliseum in Japan, various events throughout Korea, Canada and the West Coast of the United States.

Performances entitled "Funk In Focus" have also appeared at the above listed venues and at the 2010 VelocityDC Festival (see article here, The Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival for 2009/2010, The Smithsonian Musuem of African Art, various school shows with Class Acts Arts and many other locations throughout Washington DC where they are currently based.

For more information they can be contacted at:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Winner of Dance metro DC Award 2011 for Excellence in Costume Design

Congratulations to Urban Artistry costume designers for winning the Dance Metro DC Award in 2010 for excellence in Costume Design for their hand painted graffiti suits featured in the production "DIGITAL FUNK 5002."

Monday, September 20, 2010

INTERSECTIONS: A New American Arts Festival 2011

"Break Boundaries. Create Connections. At INTERSECTIONS.

The Atlas' second annual all-arts festival celebrating the dynamic artistic and cultural crossroads of our community and world."

March 12, 2011 at 8:00pm in the Lang Theater
March 13, 2011 at 2:00pm in the Lang Theater

Urban Artistry ( and Coyaba Dance Theater ( present their new collaborative work showcasing choreography from Sylvia Soumah and Junious Brickhouse.

Join these established artists as they journey to nightclubs throughout the world, only to find that these traditions although evoloved have not abandoned their roots from Africa. Focused on the stories behind these dances and on the similarities between House Dance Footwork and in the Footwork seen in West African Traditional dances- this is a story you do not want to miss!

Tickets will be avaliable soon at and stay tuned for upcoming events and specials throughout the holidays!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Velocity DC Festival 2010

The VelocityDC Dance Festival is an annual event produced by a consortium of leading arts organizations in the Washington, DC region, including the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Dance/MetroDC.

Urban Artistry opens the house for this year's VelocityDC festival with their performance "FUNK IN FOCUS" by Lead Artistic Director: Rashaad Pearson (nominated two MetroDC Dances Awards in 2010).

Harman Ceter for the Arts
Chinatown/Gallery Place

Thursday, 10.7.2010 at 7pm
Friday, 10.8.2010 at 7pm
Saturday, 10.9.2010 at 2pm & 7pm (two shows)

Tickets on SALE now! Only $18- catch this great deal now at:

Arlington Arts Center Artisphere Opening!

Event Details | Arlington Arts Artisphere Opening!

Join Urban Artistry at the grand Opening for ARTISPHERE in Rossyln, Virginia on 10.10.10 at 11:00am. Groove to the sounds of DJ Mate Masie and DJ Obeyah along with Urban Artistry performers getting down to those funky sounds!

2010 DMV Soul Exchange 9/11 & 9/12

A big thanks to Kim Talley for taking these great photos of the event and to The Zulu Nation Chapter, The Mambo Room and Urban Artistry's great instructors!

Urban Artistry performs at SKY BAR/Beacon Hotel

Join us on September 15th, 2010
5:30pm to 8:00pm
The Beacon Sky Bar
1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-2100

Metro DC Dances Kick-Off Party and Dance-off with
DJ Baronhawk Poitier and Urban Artistry!