Celebration of Black Arts ( CBA) is July 1- 31, 2018. Check out our events schedule for more details!

Dancers! India, Ricky, Sophiann + Nasya

Born and raised in New Jersey, currently residing in Philadelphia. India has been a dancer from the heart all her life. She's trained with acclaimed all-around dancers such as Marcus Tucker and Andrew Ramsey Founder of Face Da Phlave Dance Education and Theatre, and Clyde Evans Jr founder of Chosen Dance Company. As a seasoned performer, choreographer, and instructor India has extensive knowledge in the foundation of all five styles of Hip Hop as well as its dance terminology. India's high-intensity energy level and down-to-earth personality inspires her many students to learn more. Her variety of love for dance allows her to respect not only Hip Hop but all styles of dance culture and its art. India currently owns Really Philly Collective a community based organization focusing on many aspects of art. India would like to thank Marcus, Andrew, and Clyde for sharing their experience that inspires her to go after her dreams.

Sophiann Moore's heritage as an artist consists of performing with Equilibrium Dance Theatre, D2D: Dare To Dance, and Kariamu & Company: Traditions. She has trained under Lee "Aca" Thompson, who has influenced artists such as Michael Peters choreographer of Michael Jackson's Thriller, and Dr. Kariamu Welsh, creator of the Umfundalai technique. She has studied West African, Modern, Ballet, Hip hop, Waacking, and Umfundalai with AQiida Gilbert, Dara Stevens-Meredith, Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Jillian Harris, Jolet Creary, Kun Yang Lin, Laura Katz Rizzo, Lee "Aca" Thompson, and Stephen Hankey. She is currently a teaching artist with PAEP at Thomas K. Finletter School. Through her heritage, Sophiann's fusion of African, hip-hop, and waacking, help her promote the limitless and regal qualities of womxn and the black body through dance.

Ricky “Glytch” Evans is a street dancer from Pennsauken, NJ. He has been dancing for over 10 years, but continues to be a student of his style, always looking for more historical knowledge as well as keeping up to date with the latest Hip Hop trends. His professional career started in 2005 with Face Da Phlave Entertainment, a dance crew that bridged the gap between Philly and Jersey dancers with the purpose of educating the community about the origins of Hip Hop dance. The crew also preached using dance (and the other arts as well) as an alternative to drugs, bullying, and violence. His first few years at Face Da Phlave was spent solely on training in the styles of Hip Hop, and at the same time he was studying for his B.A. in Economics at Seton Hall University. Once he graduated, the wheels on his dance career would start turning and take him places. He began teaching at various colleges and dance studios, and he would make his way into fitness centers with a Hip Hop aerobics class called Groovics. Glytch’s dance would also go around the world. In the past few years, he has traveled to Paris to represent the U.S. in an international dance battle called Juste Debout, he was the amongst the Top 16 dancers in the Hip Hop International dance battles that are held in Las Vegas, and he has been flown out to Colombia, South America to teach workshops on a yearly basis. Other notable accomplishments were ventures with his crew, The Hood Lockers. They were featured on So You Think You Can Dance, the NYC couture fashion show; and most recently, an off-Broadway production written by Dr. Rennie Harris entitled “LUV American Style”.

Nasya Gay is a dance/movement artist from Philadelphia PA. She holds an MA from Goldsmiths University of London in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and has been dancing since she was 9. Nasya is trained in Bhangra, Bollywood, Hip-Hop, and Authentic Movement. Having lived and performed in South Korea, England, and India, Nasya has a passion for learning dance styles from different cultures and understanding how dance impacts people socially, physically, and psychologically. Not only has Nasya performed in The US, UK, India and South Korea, but has held movement sessions and workshops for children with autism and other learning difficulties in spaces including Hackney Empire in London, and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Come try something new and learn Bhangra! Bhangra is north Indian folk dance that has become popular in North America in the past 20 years. Its traditional music is often remixed with hip-hop and RnB music.

DANCE Workshops Located in Art Sanctuary Gallery:

Sunday July 8, 4 – 7pm

Sunday July 15, 4 – 7pm

Thursday July 19, 6-8pm

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