Teachers of EDN!: Kim Holmes

Kim Holmes

Meet Kim Holmes, one of the NYC teachers here at EDN!. Kim Holmes grew up in New York City, where dance became a hobby and then quickly turned into a passion. She has had formal training in ballet and jazz, however she was drawn to the creative energy and passion in street dance which led to her eventually pursue street dance professionally as she began working with several stars in the music industry. Kim Holmes has enjoyed traveling with several artists including Robert Redford, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, and Salt-N-Peppa, however she also loves the freedom she has to travel under her own name outside of a music artist. Kim met Kunle when she was interviewed for a project involving some of the pioneers of street dance styles, and soon after was brought on as a teacher with EDN!.

    As street dance is predominantly male-dominated, Kim Holmes wants to help set new boundaries for women in hip hop. She hopes her work as a dancer inspires others to begin street dance and follow in her footsteps. Through EDN!, Kim Holmes hopes to push her agenda even further by inspiring all her students to continue dance. She wants to teach perseverance and drive; skills to be used outside the classroom as well as in it. Kim Holmes also hopes that her students leave her class “knowing that they matter”, both as dancers and as human beings.

 

Teachers of EDN!: Chrybaby Cozie

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Meet Daniel “ChryBaby Cozie” Holloway, one of the NYC teachers here at EDN!. ChryBaby grew up in Harlem, NY in a family filled with people who enjoyed music and street dance. As a child, ChryBaby was inspired by the music that played at his house along with the popular music videos and hip hop movies of the time. His older brother actually taught him his first dance step, the running man, and from there, he fell in love with dance. As a child, ChryBaby felt that he was slightly overweight and could not do popular breakdancing moves such as spins. However, determined not to stop dancing, ChryBaby used moves such as waves and glides to do his own thing and continue to dance.

After high school, ChryBaby met AG The Voice of Harlem and helped pioneer LiteFeet, a Harlem born dance style. LiteFeet is a street dance style that has been greatly influenced by the culture of NYC and has inherited several commonly known dance moves such as the Harlem Shake, the Tone Whop, and the Aunt Jackie. LiteFeet has become a defining New York style that today is a critical part of street dance culture.

Through EDN!, ChryBaby hopes to “elevate the students and elevate their minds”. He wants to inspire his students, no matter what path in life they end up taking. He also wants to teach his students about the culture of NYC, specifically Harlem, that was instrumental in creating street dance and LiteFeet. Because of Chrybaby’s own upbringing in Harlem, he feels that he has many things in common with his students and wants to help inspire them through dance.

Chrybaby Class

NY Dance Community: Rami Shafi

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Meet Rami Shafi, the founder and director of Pedestrian Wanderlust, a group creating a video portrait series of dancers doing improvised dance in public spaces. In addition to the video portraits, all created using minimal equipment and the artist’s spur of the moment decisions, Pedestrian Wanderlust also provides free public dance jams in an effort to bring communities together through dance.

Rami grew up as a part of the dance world in Orlando, Florida and moved to NYC after college to pursue his dance career. After a hamstring injury forced him to take a break from dance, Rami turned to documenting and videography as a way to stay involved in the dance community. Pedestrian Wanderlust was born after Rami filmed one of his friends doing improv in the streets of NYC. Rami was captivated and inspired by the individuality that the viewer was able to see as an artist improvised movement. This video became the first video in the portrait series and since then, Pedestrian Wanderlust has filmed over 150 dancers.

Rami met Kunle Oladehin, EDN!’s executive director, on Shapr, a networking app, and instantly loved the idea of bringing dance to schools where students were not exposed to dance or did not have the opportunity or access to take classes. Rami and Pedestrian Wanderlust are working with EDN! to donate 10% of all Pedestrian Wanderlust sales and donations to EDN! to support the growth of EDN!’s programing and provide access to dance to more students.

In the future, Rami hopes to take Pedestrian Wanderlust overseas and expand the network of dancers involved to be international and cross-cultural. In the meantime, Rami is focused on expanding his “movement movement” using dance and improvisation to bring communities together while also allowing dancers to express their individuality through movement.

 

Teachers of EDN!: Cebo

Meet Cebo Terry Carr, the program director here at EDN!. Moving to NYC from the West Indies when he was very young, Cebo grew up around street dance. He remembers seeing his older brothers dancing in battles, and “it just grabbed [his] soul, [he] knew that street dance was something [he] had to be a part of”. Cebo has been performing his whole life, both on the streets and in competitions, winning his first competition when he was just 5 years old.

In 2003, Cebo moved from NYC to Japan where he opened Next Generation New York Studios, a studio focusing on teaching the fundamentals of street dance. Like NYC, Japan is a hub for street dance and Cebo thought his studio would thrive. His studio has taught thousands of eager students street dance. In addition, Cebo also created GenX, a street dance company based in Japan. In moving to Japan, his largest struggle was the language and cultural barrier separating Cebo from his students. Street dance is largely influenced by the culture of NYC so teaching it to those who have very little knowledge of the culture behind it was a difficult, but welcomed, challenge.

Although he loved his time in Japan, Cebo was extremely excited to return to New York and come back to where street dance originated. Cebo joined EDN! as a teacher, eventually expanding his role to become the program director. Cebo’s hope for EDN! is to bring street dance back to where it began and to educate students about the “silver lining” that came out of a difficult time in New York’s history. The unique culture in NYC has been a major influencing factor on street dance and Cebo loves being able to teach the art of street dance to those who still remain in contact with the culture that created it. Rarely dancing behind another performer, Cebo also hopes to show the students that they do not need to stand behind someone else, they can be artists in their own right. If there is one thing Cebo wishes his students take away, so much so that it has become the motto of his studio, is “Music Feeling Dance”, meaning “listen to the music, feel it, and put that into dance”.  

(Images courtesy of Dance Education Laboratory) 

Teachers of EDN!: Tinelle Matlock

Tinelle Matlock began working for EDN 4 years ago as a teacher and as the director of our performance troupe. Tinelle's favorite part about working for EDN is how she has the pleasure to witness a community grow, expand, and come together for the love of dance. She is also deeply grateful to help educated dancers while experiencing the joy that dance brings to the students, and the joy that it brings to her as well. While Tinelle is an inspiration and mentor to our students, she has a few inspiring mentors and teachers in her life that have influenced her goals as well including Teresa Espinosa and Luam Keflezgy. We are so grateful for all that Tinelle does for EDN. To learn more about Tinelle, check out her bio on our Santa Barbara chapter page here!