TruSchool Hip-Hop/Sixth Street Dance Studio

Dance Esaias Corporation

Date Awarded
Grant Period
10/01/12 to 09/30/13
Focus Area
Knight Arts Challenge

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  • Miami, FL

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To broaden and support the TruSchool Hiphop program for kids by incorporating new forms of dance, writing and cultural events.

The 6th Street Dance Studio’s TruSchool is a free hip-hop program for young people serving Little Havana and Overtown and based on the original elements of hip-hop. With challenge funding, the studio will incorporate house dance, lindy hop, writing and cultural events into its programming, as well as deejaying, emceeing, spoken word and graffiti. The project also will also collaborate with local, national and international performance companies to mentor the program’s participants.

Miami’s nonprofit, professional 6th Street Dance Studio/WholeProject is located in the heart of Little Havana. Directed by professional dancer-choreographer Brigid Baker, the studio is known for its open-air, open-door hospitality and has been home to some of the best professionals in contemporary, urban and commercial dance. Baker ensures that the studio upholds life principles of deep ecology, diversity and greenness. The studio is “dedicated to conquering barriers of racism, sexism, classism and all other forms of small mindedness.”

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Project Team

Brigid Baker

Brigid Baker holds a BFA in Dance from Purchase University New York, and she was a dancer with Mel Wong for 8 years and worked with Dancers Company in NYC as well as with her own pick-up company. She currently teaches a contemporary ballet class with a pedagogy based on balance, the spiral, and directed movement rather than controlled movement, and incorporating perspectives gained from Juliuu Horvath and Horvath Gyrotonic yoga, Network Spinal Analysis, Breathwork, Qigong, and CranioSacral Therapies.

Her contemporary ballet class deepens movement standards and is wholistic without diminishing the dehors, classic or modern needs. She teaches for the stage with neutral standards that enable the contemporary dancer to be versatile and incorporate the many styles and movement perspectives necessary to work in 2007. She has studied ballet with Finis Jhung, David Howard, Lawrence Rhodes, and Maggie Black. She has studied Limon with Jim May and Aaron Osborne and Graham with Kazuko Hirabayashi and Carol Freid. She studied Horst based choreography in intensive years of study with Kazuko Hirabayishi. She has taught at Dance Space in NYC and various NY studios, and she has an ongoing teaching and choreographic relationship with Ballet Biarritz in France and Balletto dell'Esperia in Italy, she has taught in national and international festivals in Latin America, Europe and the United States. Brigid is an award winning choreographer, having been awarded the 2005 choreographic fellowship here in Miami as well as being the only American and the only woman to have choreographed for Saison Temps d'Aimer, Biarritz France, Ballet Biarritz. She is currently choreographing here in Miami with works being developed for her company Whole Project.

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