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Take Hip Hop Technique II - With a focus in HOUSE DANCE!

Learn street dance: Bringing in some great guests, and partnering with Juke Cry Hand Clap/Honey Pot Performance to do some performing and house cultural engagement experiences off campus. It will be a super fun and challenging course, and I will be turning each and every one of you into FIERCE HOUSE DANCERS!

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Tuesdays and Thursdays: 03:30p-04:50p
Dance Center - 1306 S. Michigan
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Jessica Estelle Huggins creates “Chi-Voices” a Poetic Film Series, a media project with six premier poets who creatively express their personal experiences with violence in their communities through Spoken Word and Film. Inspired after the death of Jonylah Watkins, the 6-month old baby in March of 2013, we aim to showcase personal stories directly from citizens of the community, not politicians, corporations, or news media. The intention is to showcase the film series to show how violence effects our environment, economy, and humanity.

With Chicago’s heavy poetry scene and using visuals will be the film’s creative platform to appeal to today’s generation that we can see and and understand. All of the poets featured in the series heavily explore violence in their work. The Chi~Voices team will target all constituents, particularly at-risk youth urging them to utilize their talents to make a positive impact in the world around them and to leave a legacy of good and not evil.

Through our partner, BRIJ Fund, Chi~Voices was able to collaborate with the Institute For Positive Living (IPL) in the Bronzeville, a southside neighborhood of Chicago. A few of the poets from Chi~Voices held poetry workshops to help increase the literacy and performance skill sets of the youth in the Youth Working For Success program at IPL. Currently, Shiri Burson (Director of Chi~Voices) is putting the pieces created by the youth at IPL together to make one solid poem. A few of those youth at IPL will also be featured in the series as well.

Our film will dig deeper into socioeconomic issues, broken homes, lack of direction, absent role models, gang warfare, and emotional distress; many of which breed violence. Each poet tackles an element of each of these factors and brings them to life.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly. Sponsored by BRIJ Fund, L3C.

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Jovan comes back with a vengeance with her newest anthem “Triple Threat.” You only live life once; but who says you have to only do one thing? Jovan Landry proves she’s a force to be reckoned with on “Triple Threat.” Collaborating with St. Louis producer, O.S.D., “Triple Threat” tells a tale of the 22-year-old’s passion for film, photography and music. Strap yourself in tight for a ride on an empowerment roller coaster through a track laced with equal parts of hip-hop and rock ‘n roll. By the end of your journey, Jovan promises a full glimpse into her hip-hop philosophy and why she’ll always be one-third filmmaker, photographer and emcee.


Chi Voices Poet Spotlight with Shelyse Santiago Opio! Get a scoop on her piece and experience working on set!

CHI~VOICES is a media project with six premier poets who creatively express their personal experiences with [Chicago] violence in their communities through Spoken Word and Film.


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A short film by Creative Producer Jessica Estelle Huggins that explores violence using the voices of Chicago poets from the Black and Brown communities heavily impacted by this epidemic. In partnership with BRIJ, we were able to assist in securing a collaboration between Institute for Positive Livings second change program which resulted in the receipt of the Illinois Humanities Media Grant, spring 2014. BRIJ has also assisted the crew with fundraising, administrative support and marketing. The film will premier this fall and tour high schools and colleges shortly thereafter.

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Need to come from the self and the most high..

I Pray..

For understanding and acceptance within myself.

Making My 1st Attempt at Iced Chai..

Here it goes…

chiandsocial asked: what's chi voices? I can't financially back it up, but i'd still like to know about it.

Well, I’m glad you asked chiandsocial!


So Chi~Voices is a poetic film series on the youth violence in Chicago told by spoken word artists.. Each poet has their own piece/scenario/experience about violence that we bring to life through film.

The purpose of the project is to of course be an alternative for the youth, encouraging them to utilize their skills to make a positive impact in their communities, so we would like to showcase the film in high schools, youth centers and NFP Organizations around Chicago. What’s also unique about us is that we are using poetry (which Chicago is deeply grounded in), film, with real life stories!

And that’s ok if you can’t donate, we do need more supporters on our Facebook, Twitter, WordpressInstagram, and YouTube so that they can stay in touch with the project, spread the word, and make a difference in their community! 

So that’s a brief summary and I hope you support!