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Urban Contemporaries


Urban Contemporaries, A Young Professionals Society for Urban Souls Dance Company: USDC invites our patrons ages 21-40 to get connected to the mission of Urban Souls by joining the Urban Contemporaries. Joining this group gives you the opportunity to attend performances, volunteer in the community, and organize and attend special social events and parties. The Urban Contemporaries membership includes:

ONE Season Pass (1 ticket to three different USDC productions) Invitations to: • Social events • Exclusive parties with the dancers • Open rehearsals • and exclusive fundraisers


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SDC welcomes Shani Sterling to the position of Rehearsal Director. Shani is a Houston native and HSPV alum. With a Bachelors from Lamar University and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Florida State University she brings to Urban Souls an extensive knowledge of dance with a special passion for the African diaspora. SHani currently teaches within the Houston Community College System and USDC is excited to have her joining us this season.


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his concentration was Shakespeare acting. neral Manager Walter furthered his dance and theater training at University of LouisianaLayafette where a number alter Hull of his choreographic works is one have been highlighted at of the the University. Through founding his arts administration members experience with the of USDC. He moved from Perfoming Arts Society of Lafayette Louisiana in Acadiana (PASA) Walter 2005 to assist Harrison created a partnership with developing the with the City of Lafayette company into a bustling and PASA entitled professional modern dance The Performing Arts company. Walter Hull Conservatory of Lafayette, began his arts training with a training facility for The Children’s Theatre young dancers. Some of Company located in Lake his performance credits Charles, LA. He later includes Othello, MacBeth, attended Northwestern West Side Story, Lysistrata, State University where Laughing Wild, Joe

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Turner’s Come and Gone and Beyond Therapy. Walter was a recent Irene Ryan Award fi nalist at the Regional Conference in Fayetteville, AR. this past March for his portrayal of Othello. Walter is currently the Center Director for U.S. Dream Academy, an after school organization committed to enhancing the lives of inner city youth. Walter believes that moving to Houston was truly divine intervention and that he has truly found his place. He was awarded the Star Dancer award at Dance Houston 2008. He serves as the company’s General Manager and a resident choreographer.


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H arrison has captivated audiences across the nation through his inspirational and unique works of passion and beauty. He is constantly cultivating his rare style and vision of the craft, which is sought after by other artists, directors, choreographers, dance companies and educational institutions. Harrison Guy a native of La Marque, TX began his dance training at Ruth Elgin Studios in La Marque, TX and continued his studies at Prairie View A&M University under the artistic direction of Kennteh Epting and Paula Williams. He received full scholarships to study at Energy Source Dance in Murfreesboro, TN and Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. He then studied dance at Sam Houston State University. He has had the privilege of working with a host of teachers and choreographers; among them are Troy Powell, Kirby Reed, Melanie Pearson, Milton Myers, Earl Mosely, Tracy Inman, Toni Pierce, Chuck Davis, Kevin-Iega Jeff, Bill Evans, Matthew Rushing, Nathan Trice, Gary Abbot, and Cornelius Carter. Harrison has performed with Classic Dance Ensemble in a variety of lead roles at Prairie View A & M University. He has also worked with Dallas Black Dance Company (Dallas), ODC Dance Company (San Francisco)

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago) Mr. Guy has also served at Prairie View as a Artist in Residence and an Adjunct Professor. He has also performed with Dorrell Martin’s Dance Fusion, The Ailey School’s Summer Sizzler, and is a founding member of Exclamation Dance Company where he danced for five years. In 2004 he debuted Urban Souls Dance Company at the city wide dance festival. Since the inaugural performance he has lead Urban Souls to win the dance Houston award, and best artistic achievement honors in both 2005 and 2006. In 2008 Dance Houston presented USDC with two awards; Best Choreography and The Audience Pick Award. Urban Souls was also awarded best choreography at the Houston Black Dance Festival in 2008. Constantly striving for new inspirations for his work some of his noted creations include the powerful and gripping piece “The “N” Word”, the sensuous and relevant “Scarlet Situation, and the thought-provoking “Our Deepest Fears”. Harrison’s students and peers have noted

him as a memorable influence. He has a way of touching people’s lives with passion, emotional expression and a unique style of dance. His teaching credits include Houston ISD, North Forest ISD, Galveston ISD, Prairie View A & M University, Houston Academy of Dance, and was recently commissioned to teach “How to teach boys the art of dance” at The Texas Dance Teachers Association. Two of his favorite quotes are: Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion……Martha Graham I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work…. Alvin Ailey


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Across the Waters is a global outreach program that provides ongoing art access for all in Kigali, Rwanda. USDC aims to travel from Houston to Rwanda annually to offer dance training and African American cultural studies to the people of Kigali in partnership with the Ishyo Arts Centre, a local arts organization there. Across the Waters was inspired by one of USDC’s most notable works that premiered at Dance Houston in 2008. This piece is a heart grabbing piece about the genocide attacks of Rwanda in the early 90’s. See the piece here


USDC2 (ages 15-21) is an artist development program for young aspiring artists. This program focuses on humanity and is designed to cultivate confidence, artistry, selfawareness, and technical ability. WATCH VIDEO ON YOUTUBE


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PROJECT PUSH } is an annual dance workshop created to offer community children and adults dance training taught by professional dance instructors. Project Push not only raises the student’s awareness as it relates to the specific dance technique, it also allows the student to become more comfortable with their bodies and subconsciously enhances their self awareness and self esteem. The workshop offers opportunity for team building which can easily translate to community building as well.. WATCH VIDEO ON YOUTUBE


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Dancing Champions Mia Wright & David Anderson

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Dancing Champions Jade Gold & Byron Lundy

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Dancing Champions Dr. Heather Brown & LaRence Snowden

Dancing with the Houston Stars is Urban Souls Dance Company annual fundraising gala where local celebrities trade in their respective career shoes for dancing shoes all in the name of charity.


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Urban Souls Fans & Supporters, We hope you have missed us as much as we have missed you! Well, the wait is finally over. We are excited to announce the launch of SEASON 4: REVOLT! Please join us at our launch mixer on Thursday October 31, 2013 atSugarhill Lounge located at 2533 Southmore Blvd. The night will feature lite bites, delicious cocktails, live music, performances, and an opportunity to purchase your season pass. Help us to start our season off with a Revolting BANG!


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