Stephanie Franco, Miami FL
Stephanie Franco, mover and creator, embodies dance in all that she does and honors its sacred message, hoping to be a vessel to pass on to generations in the most fruitful way. Franco practices hip hop, freestyle, house, salsa, and krumping. She danced at Miami Dance and Music Academy for 11 years & then at Dance Attack Miami for 9 years, then attended Miami Dade Kendall Campus Dance with Michelle Murray.
Angel Anderson is a movement artist from the south suburbs of Chicago.She is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is a M’singha Wuti licensed teacher of the Umfundalai technique and has recently received her certificate of completion for finishing her first year of the Africa Diaspora Training at Ecole Des Sables in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal.
Eric Durden Jr.
Eric Durden Jr. is a member of The Underground Dance Company and his main dance styles are Hip Hop, Locking, Lindy Hop, Solo/Vernacular Dance and House. He loves all styles, and his current mentors are The Hood Lockers. Durden Jr. has been dancing all his life, professionally since 2014, and has performed in 2014 for Armstrong Flooring and 2017 for Tru Tv. Durden Jr. believes that a practitioner of Street Dance is someone that is a leader in the community and passes on the knowledge they have gained; someone who has been in the game for a while, is great at what they do, but still willing and ready to learn and teach.
Jennifer Rivera is an emerging professional dance artist based in Miami, FL. She practices Hip-hop and House Dance, and intends to become a historian of Street Dance styles and culture while continuing her professional development in styles she knows and wants to learn about through the incredible faculty and partners of RHU. She has performed at Miami DanceMakers with Adele Myers and Dancers. Rivera attended Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus under the direction of Michelle Grant-Murray and University of the Arts with Kyle and Dinita Clark and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts (2021).
Aya Shabu’s goals for her participation in Rennie Harris University are to affirm Black people, their achievements and contributions through community self-knowledge encoded in the in Black dance capable of being decoded by the dancing body as a liberatory strategy. She is committed to becoming proficient in the popular dance styles and cultures of people of African descent in the Americas, Caribbean, and African continent in order that we might liberate ourselves and one another through dance.
Angelica DeLashmette Hurst
Angelica DeLashmette Hurst is a hybrid dance artist who is passionate about Hip-Hop/Street Dance forms and Modern/Contemporary dance forms and lineages. She aims to bring awareness, education, respect, and appreciation for Black vernacular dance through her artistic practice and pedagogical research. She is currently residing in Southern Arizona and is on faculty in the dance programs at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Scottsdale and Mesa Community Colleges. She is the creator and host of The Artist Arena Podcast, a podcast specifically for professional dance artists, students, and educators working in the dance field/industry.
Genesis Castaneda primarily practices House Dance and has been dancing with Rennie Harris RHAW since 2022. She performed Lifted! with Rennie Harris Pure Movement at Annenberg in March, 2022. Castaneda studied at University of the Arts and Miami Dade College. Castaneda loves to immerse herself in the history of street dance and believes that a practitioner of Street Dance is someone who understands the movement and academia and can actively practice the standards of the ever-evolving culture that comes with dance.
A highly acclaimed performing and teaching artist, Sanchel began her career in Brooklyn, NY as an apprentice with Urban Bush Women. Sanchel is a 2022 U.S. Hip Hop Cultural Ambassador with Next Level Hip Hop Diplomacy Project. Her performance credits include Let 'Im Move You: This is a Formation (national tour 2021) , World of Dance Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center's 2018 Jazz residency (soloist/choreographer), and Theatre Horizon's Black Nativity (Barrymore Win!). She has been featured in Davido’s Coming to America Tour and Runa’s all natural energy drink commercial. Sanchel holds robust teaching experience and has taught dance workshops across the United States and Senegal, West Africa.
Justine Diggs - Cunningham
Justine's dance journey began when she started dancing with a professional indoor football dance team called Crush in 2014. Later that year she joined a dance company called Keystone Dance Project that was created and directed by Moncell E. Durden. The following year she attended the Jacob's Pillow Jazz to Hip-hop two week summer program that was directed by Moncell E. Durden and Camille A. Brown and attained a Professional Advancement award. Following Keystone Dance Project Justine joined a dance company in 2017 named HoodNation that was created and directed by The Hoodlockers and is still currently a member.
Justin Bowen is an interdisciplinary dancer who gets most of his enjoyment out of genres such as hip hop and contemporary movement. However, he is also experienced in ballet and modern. Justin is currently an active company member of The Pocket Fuel Groovers, directed by Nick Alselmo Rodrigues. His personal practice involves exploring ways to use dance, video games and
cartoons/anime to create a new space for dancers of nerd culture through live performance, video and animation.
Lovar Davis Kidd
Lovar Davis Kidd, known by L.D., is a multi-disciplinary performer, Diasporic dance researcher, and choreographic artist. L.D. is no stranger to the stage having performed extensively in dance and musical theatre productions throughout the US. Most notably, as an ensemble member and principal understudy of the 2011-2012 2nd National Tour of the award-winning musical In The Heights. Kidd has taught and choreographed at several Studios and Universities throughout the US and is currently a 2nd year MFA student on the choreography track at the University of Iowa.L.D. is the founder and CEO of 100% OVER RACISM. a social justice apparel company and is the proud father of two handsome boys, Myles & Kohen
Jasmyn (Jay) Haralson is a recent graduate of Sonoma State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. During her time at SSU she was able to dip her toes into the different Club and Street styles as well as various euro-centric forms. Haralson has a deep respect and passion for learning the history of Hip-hop culture and dance, as well as the technique. She practices Popping, Locking, Waacking, House, and Party/Social Grooves and has trained with Dynasty Dance Crew (3 years), Urban Bush Women (2 week intensive), and SSU Blue Baronz Dance Crew. In addition to SSU, Haralson has attended Mendocino College (3years) and The Dance Center of Santa Rosa (2 years).
Sheila Russell RN, MSN currently lives in the Bay Area on Ohlone land and gives thanks for this often. She is the artistic director of the dance company See Through Soul. Movement Technician, registered nurse, certified doula, massage therapist, Reiki “master”, and certified Compassion Key® practitioner. She has a Master’s of Science in nursing and is working on her second Master's in Nursing. She is a lifelong learner/student. Her biggest joys are her son, family, and friends, whom she loves fiercely.
Alexis Roberto Curiel
Alexis Roberto Curiel is an Afro-Latino Dominican American dancer and choreographer, born and raised in Miami, Florida where his love for dance compelled him to begin training at the age of 11. He embraces a multidisciplinary background including Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, African, Afro-Caribbean dance, as well as music editing and video making. Accompanied with his passion to create, Alexis utilizes his leadership skills to coach, organize, and choreograph for various dance schools and studios. Alexis pursued an education at Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus as an active member of the pre-professional dance company Jubilation Dance Ensemble under the direction of Michelle Grant-Murray, while simultaneously dancing competitively with the Next Level Dance Company Supremacy Hip Hop team, under the direction of Alain Marquez and Adriana Rizzo. Continuing his education with the University of the Arts in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Alexis has performed in various concert works by Maleek Washington, Bill T. Jones, Juel D. Lane, Thom White, and Pearl Primus before receiving his BFA (2021).
Pedro Torres is a member of The Bronx Boys Bronx Girls Rocking Crew and practices House, Breaking, Rocking, Locking, and Hip Hop. He has been dancing since 1992 and has performed with Fearless Crew at the Festival Internacional Chihuahua 2010. Torres has combined his engineering career with his love for dancing, and started performing in 2010 and teaching in 2008. He has trained at Bboy Hodown workshops, Hip Hop International workshops, Las vegas Locking Camp, Jardy Santiago Online program, 36 Chambaz of stylz, and Rennie Harris University cypher intensive. Torres has created and promoted breaking, all styles, and popping events in his community. He also organizes weekly house dance sessions, where he brings OG's and other dancers to help educate and inspire the new generation of dancers in his city. He looks forward to gaining more in depth knowledge from dance professionals and pioneers in order to continue better educating the new generations.