The Tempe Center for the Arts hosted its first ever TCA Urban Arts Jam, packed with a week full of free activities created by and for the Urban Arts Community including a 2-on-2 freestyle dance battle, DJs, street artists, dance and spoken word performances, an educational panel discussion, and a film screening. The events were co-created with Urban Arts Community members Bboy "House" Magana and Melissa Britt.
November 5, 2017, 1-8pm
Urban arts filled the Lakeside Room at the TCA with a 2-on-2 freestyle dance battle hosted by Haboobs & Johnny Castro, live visual art by Haboobs, Suchstyles, Champ Styles, and Houseone, live beats spun by Roxswift from Gr818ers and Deejay Panic, and live dance and spoken word performances from EPIK Dance Company, the Jukebox Dance Studio, and Carress.
November 5, 2017, 4-5pm
A panel of hip-hop artists will discuss how they advanced their professional careers while maintaining a practice that is authentic to hip-hop culture. Moderated by Bboy "House" Magana, attendees heard from street artist, Suchstyles, co-creator of the community movement the Gr818ers, Pierre Boogie, and co-founder of The Jukebox Dance Studio, Rae Rae.
Worth the Wait Documentary Film Screening
November 7, 2017, 7:30pm
Next Gen Digital began documenting Phoenix-based battle, Worth the Weight. The format was developed by BBoy House in partnership with Johnny Castro as a way of creating an empowering and unifying platform for beginners while challenging the advanced movers. The battle style has allowed the Arizona urban arts community to grow, reshape and re-imagine the role of urban arts in Arizona.
TCA EDGE: EPIK Dance Company & Tandem Duo
November 9, 2017, 6pm
EPIK Dance Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting and uplifting people by sharing their love of music, movement, and the arts. With a strong core of strong, multi-faceted dancers trained in a variety of disciplines, EPIK has been able to combine classic technical training with urban styles to become one of Arizona’s premier street fusion dance companies.
Founded by Sarah Off and Marilyn Clark Silva, Phoenix based Tandem Duo is an innovative violin/marimba duo that performs original commissions, compositions, and arrangements, as well as established works for the ensemble. Tandem Duo strives to fit concert repertoire to specific audiences while at the same time expanding the sonic experience for concertgoers.
TCA EDGE: Pocket Change Crew, Astrid Morales, and Wesley Skinner
November 10, 2017, 6pm
Hip-Hop and classical music collide in this unique mash up featuring the breakdance group Pocket Change Crew, with pianist Astrid Morales and cellist Wesley Skinner. Together, they will present a fusion of hip-hop, breakdance, tangos, and salsas. This performance is guaranteed to break the boundaries of what audiences expect from a classical music experience.
TCA EDGE: AZ Beat Lab
November 11, 2017, 6pm
AZ Beat Lab is a local youth development and beat making organization that facilitates workshops and musical performances through an intersection of traditional music education and community urban practices, while creating brave spaces for young and emerging adults to develop creative practices and community collaboration skills.
Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist