Urban Movement Arts presents a constellation of Fringe activities: two wild shows, a dance class discount, and a welcoming dance party.
UMA Studio: 2100 Chestnut St, 2nd FL, Philadelphia PA 19103
All shows: $15. Tickets available at the door, www.fringearts.com and www.urbanmovementarts.com
For the third year in a row, UMA presents (mostly) family friendly experimental dance theater dreamed up and brought to live by the talented and *diverse* aka not-all-white-people of UMA’s teaching crew. Will the shows be Weird? Yes. Will they be boring? No.
Fringe Season at Urban Movement Arts (UMA) this year is not just one show, but two shows. There’s also an all inclusive dance party on opening weekend. Plus, in an effort to get everyone in the world to dance, an Introductory Month of classes is $10 of regular price. So come forth, you fine Philadelphians and get your Fringe-y paws on 30 days of dancing for $30. And come to these shows:
The first show appearing on the Fringe horizon is You are Not a Shining Star, created by Mark Wong with Vince Johnson. Have you ever thought about your legacy? I mean, what makes you SPECIAL? What does it mean to be YOU? Are you the experiences you’ve accumulated? Are you the thoughts in your brain? If you’ve never pondered this, don’t worry. Vince and Metal are here to help. This show runs the first and last weekends of Fringe.
The second show in the Fringe firmament is Fire in the Sky, a group show created by UMA community members Queenz Collective (Sanchel Brown & Caitlin Green), Haylee Warner & collaborators, and Kayla Bobalek & Maddie Hopfield. Look, presenting a show as part of Fringe is not cheap. UMA is supporting, subsidizing, showing love to this group of dance theater makers because we want their work shoot into outer space to become a constellation of stars shining down on you from the heavens for years to come. This fierce line up is taking over all the nooks and crannies of UMA’s labyrinth of studios to bring you everything from an interactive spaceship to the fast footwork of the Afro-diaspora club dance styles. Get. You. Some. This group show is an extension of UMA’s Artists in Residence (AIR) program, directed by Lily Kind.
UMA serves as a home for all bodies, genders, sexualities, ages, and experience levels to dance their hearts out. Meanwhile, it is also the not-so-secret-since-this-breaking-in-the-Olympics-coverage hot spot for professional dancers in under-represented forms to practice, cipher, and build. In Da UMA is a seasonal house and funk dance party that aims to bring people together through the love of music and social dance. The Intro Month and the In Da UMA dance party are further invitations for anyone looking to dance to enter this movement galaxy.
Artist Bios for You are Not a Shining Star
Mark Wong also known as B-Boy Metal, has danced competitively with Philadelphia’s Repstyles Crew (dedicated to the tradition of battling) for ten years, and performed in the theatrical context with Olive Dance Theatre for four years. Now co-owner of Hip Hop Fundamentals, he performs integrated assembly programs as well as in-school and after-school residencies. He is a teaching artist at Urban Movement Arts. His 2018 Fringe Show with Lily Kind was called “delightful and provocative” by thinkingDance and a “Fringe Gem” by the Dance Journal. As an artist, Metal is interested in the stories, emotions, and experiences that the language of Breaking can explore.
Vince Johnson, Philadelphia native and graduate of Villanova University, has been a dance teacher for more than a decade. He is the founding director of Urban Movement Arts and Move Makers Philly. He also helped to establish the first hip hop program at the Rock School of Dance Education in center city Philadelphia. He has taught dance workshops nationally and abroad to youth and adults. He also has 14 years of experience as a martial arts instructor. In competitive martial arts, he has coached more than 5 world champions and dozens of elite competitors. In 2017, he was selected as a MANCC Forward Dialogues emerging artist.
Artist Bios for Fire in the Sky:
Haylee Warner is an interdisciplinary performance artist currently located in Philadelphia, PA. She attended the Headlong Performance Institute in 2017 and holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The University of the Arts. Her influences have come from working with artists such as La Pocha Nostra, Esther Baker-Tarpaga and Faustin Linyekula. Haylee’s performance history has included Bury our Guns, Not our Bodies through the PMA, Philly Files at The Painted Bride (PHL), ZOCO in Tijuana MX, and Dis(place)ment benefit concert at St. Kevin’s Arcade in Auckland. Also, I won dodgeball once in summer camp because I could hide super well in the back.
Kayla Bobalek studied ballet under the instruction of Elizabeth Drucker Treadwell at The Ballet School in Topsham, Maine as well as in the Pre-Professional C.O.R.P.S program at Portland Ballet. She thrived off the discipline, structure and logic of ballet (most likely the beginnings of her interest in formalism.) She studied Dance Composition at Bard College and created numerous pieces that delved into athleticism, character, and (more into) formalism. She also had the privilege of collaborating with artists from different mediums (music/ visual arts/ written arts/ costume/ lighting design) while at Bard. Since moving to Philadelphia she has taught creative movement and hip hop at a k-8 school as a resident Teaching Artist. She has created and performed her own work as part of a residency at Urban Movement Arts and in Vince Johnson’s project Philly Kerplop.
Maddie Hopfield attended Bard College and studied Dance and Poetry. Since moving to Philadelphia she has worked as a preschool teacher, writer at thINKingDANCE, performer with the Leah Stein Dance Company and Vince Johnson’s Philly Kerplop, dancer in Lily Kind’s ongoing Wolfthicket project, and has created and performed work along with Kayla Bobalek as part of Urban Movement Arts Artist in Residence Program.
Queenz Collective, founded by Sanchel Brown, is an interchangeable collective of dance creatives who tell stories of present, past, and future that invoke healing in all whom witness and participate. Their most recent performance highlights are World of Dance Philadelphia 2018 and Raw Artists Showcase in Baltimore 2019. Current members of Queenz Collective are Sanchel Brown and Caitlin Green.
Sanchel Brown is a performer/choreographer/poet originally from Baltimore, MD. She is the founder of The Queenz Collective and a 2015 Barrymore Award nominee for Best Lead Actress in a Musical and winner for Best Ensemble for her leading role as “Mary” in Theatre Horizon’s Black Nativity.Her performance credits include Davido’s Coming to America Music Festival ,her original dance play Home to Homeland, Urban Bush Women (apprentice), Let I’m Move You This is a Formation (choreographer Jumatatu Poe and Jermone Beacham), and most recently featured as talent for Runa’s all natural energy drink commercial. Sanchel has also shared her talents as a teaching artists with Mark Morris Dance Center, Drexel University, University of the Arts, Princeton, and Yale University. She teaches a weekly “Bmore-Afro” dance class fusing Baltimore House Dances and Traditional West African dances at Cumbe Center of Diasporic Dance and Urban Movement Arts. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and has also trained under the direction of Rhapsody James’ Motivating Excellence Division II Intensive (2018) as well as Omilade Davis Dance in Africa Program (2019) in Senegal, West Africa where she also served as choreographer’s assistant.
Caitlin Green is a Philadelphia based dance artist, well versed in contemporary, jazz and hip-hop. She has most recently performed in the World of Dance Philadelphia Tour, RAW Artist Showcase in Baltimore with Queenz Collective, and was an artist in residence through Earthdance’s E|MERGE 2019 in Massachusetts. Caitlin dances with Roger Lee Dance Company and is completing her Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Drexel University.