Urbanity Dance has introduced the five recipients of its new residency method, Urbanity X. Urbanity X resident artists incorporate: Boaz “Statix” Deceus, Miranda Lawson, Sandra “Sasi” Marcelino, Kendall Niblett, and Ronnie Terrell Thomas. The plan serves as an incubator and career launching pad for proficient Boston-based artists supplying mentorship, committed rehearsal place, a $1,000 stipend, and entry to overall performance area and technological help.
The 5 Urbanity X residency recipients had been chosen by a panel of Boston-centered dance leaders including Tarikh Campbell (founding member and Government Director of The Notion ARTists Dance Corporation), Betsi Graves (Founder/Director of Urbanity Dance), Adrienne Hawkins (previous Artistic Director of Impulse Dance Company), Peter DiMuro (Executive Artistic Director of The Dance Advanced) and Marissa Molinar (Founder/Director of Midday Motion Sequence).
The residency consists of the option to create and showcase new choreographic function. The 1st effectiveness of the Urbanity X residency sequence, The Sky & the Sea, a do the job in progress choreographed by Kendall Niblett in collaboration with Will Neely and ONASMA: Shadow Dance, normally takes spot on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 6pm and 7:30pm at Urbanity Central (725 Harrison Avenue). A Zoom viewing selection is also out there for both of those 7:30pm displays. Tickets are obtainable at https://www.elegant.org/function/urbanity-x-the-sky-and-the-sea/e385650.
The Sky & the Sea is an interdisciplinary functionality, combining dance, movie, and code to illustrate the complexity of how one’s real and digital id coexists-asking how one’s digital identification relates to and influences their actual one particular and vice versa. It is done by Urbanity Underground and Junior Apprentice dancers.
“The Urbanity X residency has been these kinds of a favourable affect in my daily life,” claimed residency recipient and choreographer of The Sky & the Sea Kendall Niblett. “To be able to share with a are living audience once more has provided me anything to glimpse forward to every single day. I am grateful for the space to create with a great forged of folks who have encouraged me in the course of the full procedure.”
Urbanity X is feasible because of to the generous guidance of the Garth Loved ones Foundation.
About Urbanity Dance
Urbanity Dance was established as a non-gain arts organization in 2011 by Director Betsi Graves with the mission to have interaction, encourage, and empower persons and communities by way of the artwork of dance and movement. This mission is manifested through Urbanity’s organizational pillars of Firm, Faculty, and Neighborhood, which attempt to attain 3 aims: to propel present-day dance to the forefront of Boston’s cultural landscape fill an unmet demand for access to instruction in varied dance forms and use dance as a resource for fostering bodily autonomy and creativeness in neighborhood schools and neighborhood areas. By its three South Conclude studios and operate in the community, Urbanity is very pleased to present higher-good quality dance ordeals to more than 10,000 dance-lovers of all ages, backgrounds, and capabilities each individual 12 months.
Urbanity’s Specialist Firm offers demanding, entertaining, and visionary activities that leverage excellence to activate house, interact artwork, and develop relationship. With its blend of disciplines ranging from modern day jazz to breakdance, it embodies Urbanity’s dedication to local community by celebrating the collective tapestry of lived activities and coaching of its dancers. Company performances, workshops, and courses market empathy and harness the collaborative spirit and strength of Boston residents and its multidisciplinary arts community. By these initiatives, the Business has been recognized as one particular of Boston’s Best by Improper Bostonian, a “Ideal of Boston” winner by Boston Journal, and a Best 10 Critics’ Choose by The Boston World. To date, it has introduced do the job at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Pageant, The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Institute of Contemporary Art, and venues across New England, New York, New Mexico, Virginia, Texas, and Florida.
The Faculty at Urbanity Dance presents substantial-quality dance education in several kinds and genres for about 500 students of all ages and working experience amounts just about every yr by means of its 3 South Conclusion studios. The school, all from numerous cultural and dance backgrounds, supports every scholar in their coaching through a structured, nurturing classroom surroundings that fosters development, discipline, and exciting. The School’s educating philosophy aims to instruct to the entire dancer and acquire students’ emotional, social, and actual physical nicely currently being to come to be fully empowered people.
Urbanity’s motivation to Local community encompasses a numerous array of partnerships with educational facilities, health facilities, area arts institutions, enrichment camps, and juvenile detention centers by way of its 3 flagship packages: Urbanity in the Community, which gives dance curriculum to Boston Community Faculty college students who otherwise would not have obtain Dance with Parkinson’s, which works by using movement to make improvements to the mobility, equilibrium, and coordination of those with Parkinson’s Illness and other neurodegenerative diseases and Motion Mends, which utilizes motion to empower and encourage those people who have skilled incarceration, homelessness, or violence.
With each other, the Enterprise, University, and Group packages produce an interwoven community that delivers high-high-quality artwork experiences to students of all ages and backgrounds, as perfectly as compensated opportunities for all expert dancers, dancemakers, inventive collaborators and instructors, that serve Urbanity’s mission, its South Close neighborhood in Boston, and the city at significant.
About Boaz “Statix” Deceus
Boaz “Statix” Deceus is an up and coming dancer from Boston, specializing in street dance, this kind of as Krump, Hip Hop and popping. He has performed and competed in the better Boston location and traveled and danced in Texas, New York, California, and Minnesota. Boaz has taught at Urbanity and other studios as nicely. His goal as a dancer is to instruct and exhibit people today the road dance culture, and how they can use it as remedy. His motto in lifetime is “Follow can make development”.
About Miranda Lawson
Miranda Lawson (she/her) is a dancer and choreographer at first from Somerville, Massachusetts wherever she qualified at The Studio Dance Advanced (TSDC). She participated in regional and countrywide degree dance competitions with TSDC for 10 yrs and frequently returns there to instruct. She is in her closing semester at Mount Holyoke Higher education and for the duration of her time there, Miranda has done in performs by Shakia Barron, Barbie Diewald, Katie Martin, Jenna Riegel and in TU Dance’s “1” restaged by Kaitlin Bell. She has also worked skillfully with Urbanity Dance and has experienced several collaborations with Contemporarily Out of Order. Miranda has attended Bates Dance Festival, was the recipient of the Leadership Scholarship from American Dance Festival, has been an intern for Boston University’s Achieve Summer months Dance method, and has experienced her do the job chosen to be revealed at the American Higher education Dance Affiliation Convention. She is at present doing the job skillfully on “Concourse” with Barbie Diewald and Shakia Barron, which was most not too long ago in home at Jacob’s Pillow and Higher Road Studios.
About “Sasi” Marcelino
“Sasi” Marcelino, is a multi-disciplined executing artist and producer with a passion for investigation, preservation, and acutely aware continuance of Afro-Caribbean society through tunes and dance. Born in the Caribbean, raised in Boston, with over 25 a long time of general performance knowledge, Sasi tours internationally executing as a vocalist, dancer, and percussionist.
About Kendall Niblett
Kendall Niblett (he/they), a native of Morris, Alabama, received their BA in dance and imaginative creating from the College of Alabama. Kendall is presently in their third season dancing with Urbanity Dance Company. He has carried out and choreographed internationally with Yonder Up to date Dance Company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Jellybean Dance Collective at the Global Fitzgerald Meeting. Kendall has worked with Make, BCA’s Dance Makers Laboratory, Alabama Dance Pageant, Koresh Come Together Festival, Youthful Choreographers Pageant, Boston Present-day Dance Festival, Body x Frame Film Festival, Alabama Repertory Dance Theater, and Dance Alabama Movie Pageant.
About Ronnie Terell Thomas
Ronnie Terrell Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist who journeyed in the rigor of visual and carrying out arts. With a hand in drawing from a quite youthful age, Ronnie explored the overall performance world. He begun teaching as an actor, then ventured into ballet and contemporary dance as a teenager, and later expanded to include things like Breakdance, Aerial perform, Vogue, and Hip Hop. Ronnie has carried out with quite a few organizations from New York City to Boston. In 2014, he was invited to function in Europe with Teatrul De Balet Sibiu, Romania, which incorporated performing Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. In 2015, he returned to the US and begun Mystique Illusions Dance Theatre. In new years, Ronnie has explored images, and movie perform.