Dance as a means.

We invite you to

A youth empowerment dance summit with the future in mind.

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Being held at the Harold Washington Cultural Center on the southside of Chicago - Everybody Dance Now!, Power Style Radio, and Dance & Delivery bring an unique event to Chicago's youth.

Join us for a night of dance on Saturday, June 16!

Our feature programming in the evening, will be two youth-based dance battles (3v3 Breaking battle [2 youth, 1 adult] / 2v2 Open/All Styles [1 adult, 1 youth]) and a performance showcase designed to highlight the talent and art of Chicago’s youth. Earlier that afternoon, we will be hosting a variety of community programs and discussion panels centered around how dance can have the power to combat issues throughout the city.

We will show that dance can be used as a means...

… for Community Building & Youth Empowerment,

… for Social Change & Violence Prevention,

… to Making a Living, and

… for Self-Expression.

We will be creating a space for youth to voice their stories and interact with dance-based professionals, who can show them that dance can be the means to deliver so much more than it initially appears.

Visit our Facebook event page for more details.

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Investing where it matters most

When a site reaches out to us to host four workshops in a single day with over 250 kids, I gladly accept without hesitation. It has nothing to do with the confidence I have in myself; it stems from the belief I have in our talented team. I have the privilege of working with my mentors, peers, and friends in the dance scene. Our work doesn't happen without them, and it happens at a high level because of them.

Location Spotlight: The Peace Corner Youth Center (Chicago)

The Peace Corner Youth Center is an organization located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, providing employment services, skill development, mentoring, tutoring, and a push in the right direction. EDN!C instructors Nadell Jackson & Chris Ayala create an enjoyable environment within the weekly classes. Once the kids get into the choreography it becomes an area full of fun and excitement. “For kids their age, they catch on to the choreography very easily and execute in a very high level,” Jackson reflects. The majority of the classes are relatively small; with roughly ten kids for each class, providing an intimate and personal experience with the choreographer.

Chicago Community Member Spotlight

Meet Monyett Crump!

by Briana Madden 

Monyett Crump may have just pulled off two extremely well-received and quickly beloved workshop events in Chicago, but most in the community just know him as an exuberant teacher and committed student. Reveal Vol. 1 in September of 2017 got the ball rolling for an even more successful Vol. 2 earlier this month. Instructors and dancers alike can’t seem to stop lauding the talents Monyett brought together to create an inspiring, positive and community-driven event. As footage from classes like Melvin TimTim’s, Vinh Nguyen’s and of course, Monyett’s, continue to circulate, it’s safe to say Chicago is ready for Vol. 3 in the fall.

All this buzz could easily go to a person’s head, but for Monyett, it’s really about sharing his craft and focusing on the simpler, core values of hip hop. As a self-proclaimed “YouTube kid” who only took his first formal class five years ago, Monyett got his start at family parties and through learning choreography from YouTube videos. “When I imagine hip hop, I imagine it to be a big party, everybody just jamming and having a good time together, listening to music, and just dancing…To me, if you want to dance, and you like to dance, then that’s it,” he said.

According to Monyett, social media is the reason for both positive and negative changes lately in the culture around hip hop and urban choreography. He praises platforms like Instagram for helping bring exposure to hip hop dance in general and helping some dancers book jobs in the industry. However, he’s not a fan of how some talented artists get left out entirely, saying, “There’s so many dope choreographers and teachers in the world, versus the ones that we just see on social media, that don’t get the recognition that they deserve.” If Monyett has anything to say about it, that will be changing.

With high hopes that future volumes of Reveal will continue to create more job opportunities for Chicago dancers and choreographers, Monyett has a clear vision for the type of energy he wants to cultivate. He even refused to even call it a “convention,” because he dislikes the competitive nature of the word and has dubbed Reveal a “dance experience” instead. “There’s no real passion in the word, ‘convention,’” said Crump.

A workshop event that’s actually by the community and for the community may seem too good to be true, but Monyett Crump made it happen and is committed to continue building the experience.  He truly just wants to show off the talent in the community, saying “The more talent that is seen and revealed (I love that word), the more opportunities that can come.”

For info on the Chicago-based dance experience, Reveal, visit www.revealdance.com

→  Follow @crumpitize_me to view more of Monyett's dance journey  ←

Staff of EDN: Jordan Ordonez

Meet Jordan Ordonez!
EDN! Chicago Chapter Director

by Alyssa Leahy

Jordan Ordonez is a dancer and leader in the dance community who continuously aims to learn more in his experiences to share with his works and community. He has been a part of the EDN! team for four years now; one year as Assistant Director and the last three years as Chapter Director.

Within his time with EDN!, Jordan has been able to work with the Chicago team in rebuilding program models and implementing new leadership structures into the community. He is working with the EDN! branches to help these models grow and expand youth empowerment and community involvement. Having different branches around the country, EDN! is able to have so many different teachers and backgrounds to work with; which is a huge interest for Jordan.

Jordan continues to learn and practice different styles while in Chicago and traveling, such as house and hip hop, and brings his experiences back to teach others what he learns. Outside of EDN! and dance, Jordan is working on his pharmacist career and finding his way to help and serve the underserved; sharing his knowledge with those who need it.

Within both Jordan’s dance life and personal life, he is aiming towards building more community involvement and being a leader while learning from his surroundings in the process. Jordan says, “The mission of EDN! is truly a passion of community building and youth empowerment, both on a micro scale and a macro scale.” He is happy to dance and work with people of the past and new connections to help get to the mission of our future!

Gratitude - A Director's Note

by Jordan Ordonez

At this point in my life, I have grown to strongly value four things in life: gratitude, understanding, happiness, and authenticity. This list is by no means complete, but during my twenty-six years, I have adopted these core values into my identity. Today, I would like to talk about gratitude.

I wholeheartedly believe that the best way to express gratitude is, not by simply saying, “thank you”, but by the act of “paying it forward”. Dance has been a part of my life for more than ten years and it has given me so much - passion, love, life-long friendships, and so much more. Dance makes me happy, it has become a therapeutic tool, and it gives me community.

I have been with Everybody Dance Now! for four years and have put in countless hours of work. This is my way of paying it forward and showing my gratitude to dance and my dance community. For the new year, I call on all of my friends, loved ones, and acquaintances to take stock of your life, find the part that has given you joy, and show your gratitude by paying it forward. Use your art, sports, or your profession to find a way to give back. That might be with your time, your money, or your support. Exchange and spread the knowledge that you have with others in your community. Volunteer your time, or donate a few dollars. Anything counts. It all matters.

- Jordan Ordonez