Aderonke “DJ Soupa Model” Ariyo (Beatmaker) is a music producer, songwriter, and owner of Music Blvd Group: an international music licensing and publishing company that has worked in over 50 countries.
Aderonke lives in Los Angeles, but her musical practice and non-profit work are focused on Africa. This has included working on the 2017 documentary “Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters”, about the impact of American basketball in Africa. She plans to continue expanding her horizon through music, both locally and globally.
Christopher “Def-i” Mike-Bidtah (MC) hails from Albuquerque New Mexico and represents the Diné Nation as an active touring artist. His performance styles range wide from Hip-Hop and Spoken Word to contemporary Native-American acoustic, and has appeared on Eminem’s XM radio station Shade 45, Sway In The Morning on Shade 45, BBC News, National Public Radio (NPR), Vans Warped Tour, PBS, and a number of other Hip-Hop outlets.
Cristopher is also an experienced youth workshop provider and an community activist. He has worked with College, High School, Junior High, and Elementary School students teaching creative writing, song recording, the art of beat-making, and the fundamentals of Hip-Hop culture. Aside from his dedication to Hip-Hop education, he has also supported environmental movements as an activist within the indigenous community. Recently Christopher helped raise over 1.8 million dollars for the legal defense of Water Protectors in Standing Rock via live concert fundraising.
Kyle Clark (Dancer) is a native of Baltimore, MD. He was selected by Rennie Harris for “Puremovement”, and served as its principal dancer and rehearsal director from 2006-2014. Kyle has performed and taught internationally in France, the U.K., Amsterdam, Russia, Mexico, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, The Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan. Kyle has won and judged battles nationally and internationally: He judged “House Dance Forever” 2015 and 2016 and won a number of competitions in his own right. In April of 2011, Kyle co-founded “Funky Sole Fundamentals” – a workshop series that brought educators and pioneers from around the world to Philadelphia. Also in 2011, he co-founded Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company where he serves as Choreographer and Artistic Director.
In 2015, Kyle was selected as a premiere choreographer for Ailey II‘s 2015-2016 seasons. His work entitled “I Am The Road” was the first Hip Hop dance choreographed on Ailey II in its history. In 2016, Kyle was awarded a grant by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for his autobiography “The Life Of A Just Sole”. In 2017, The University Of The Arts awarded Kyle “The President’s Distinguished Teaching Award” for his teaching excellence. Kyle is currently a Professor for 3 Universities: UArts, Temple U, and Drexel University.
Brandon Marshall (Graffiti Artist) is a Tennessee-based aerosol artist with a B.F.A in Graphic Design from the University of Memphis. Since graduating, he has been working as a visual artist specializing in mural-making and public art with a strong focus on community engagement. Marshall’s current professional endeavors stem from an extensive background in the Hip Hop Community as a Graffiti Artist, B-Boy, promoter, and educator. He has secured wall space and painted at mural festivals from Denver to Melbourne, and constantly strives for excellence within each of his artistic practices.
Junious “House” Brickhouse (Dancer) is the Next Level Associate Director and an internationally-renowned, award-winning urban dance educator, choreographer, community leader, and cultural preservationist. He will serve as the site manager for Team Egypt. House is from Virginia Beach, VA with over 30 years of performance experience on stages from Oakland, California to Helsinki, Finland to Durban, South Africa. As a scholar and practitioner, he uses an experiential approach to teach urban dance at colleges and universities. A citizen folklorist, House also conducts independent research the cultural traditions that have influenced urban dance culture. Based in Washington, DC, House furthers his global mission through teaching, lecturing, performing, promoting conflict resolution, and producing events for Urban Artistry, Inc.