Melanie Aguirre (Dancer) is a native New Yorker, founder of Rep Your Style, and young community leader in New York City. Melanie provides the NYC Dance community with dance competitions, community discussions, charity fundraisers, workshops, and job placement services. She teaches multiple dance styles within the tri-state area, nationally, and internationally. Through her company Rep Your Style, she directs theatrical performances and museum tours. She was selected in 2017 for a cultural exchange program in Paris France at La Place Hip Hop cultural center. With these different avenues of outreach, she has been able to inspire creativity through her work.

 

Anthony “Buckwild” Best (Beatmaker) is a beatmaker that has been working in the background of New York hip-hop since the early 1990s. Anthony boasts an impressive list of projects, collaborations, and remixes, many of which have become quite successful. His breadth of experience and dedication to his craft is what Anthony will be bringing to Next Level.

 

“iLLspokinn” (MC) is an international performer, songwriter, and organizer in New York City. His songs have been featured in several television commercials, including a promotion for NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. Corey has been a featured performer at the Atlantic Music Expo in Cabo Verde, the Timitar Festival in Morocco, and the NBA’s London games in 2015, 2016, and 2018. In NYC, he is a co-founder of “Urban Art Beat” – a platform for creative expression that partners talented artists and dedicated volunteers with underserved school and organizations. He also works with “Arts By The People”, holding bi-weekly rap and percussion workshops with senior citizens. Corey is also the producer, host, and co-founder of “Freestyle Mondays”, the longest-running hip hop event with a live band in New York City, the popularity of which has allowed his to launch versions in France and the Czech Republic.

 

Lance Johnson (Graffiti Artist) is a graffiti artist based in New York City who uses his work as a vehicle for urban development and a celebration of urban life. His practice involves using improvised collage to draw stories from the combination of seemingly random imagery. Lance is passionate about making vibrant and thought-provoking work that draws from the past to provide insight to the present.

 

Jaci Caprice Clark (Beatmaker) captures the spirit of hip-hop in rhythmic measure. She will serve as the site manager for Team Azerbaijan. Raised a Buckeye who currently resides amongst Wolverines, she currently lives just outside of Detroit, MI where she is a member of 5e’ The Foundation, which celebrates women in hip hop. She also hosts her own internet radio show “The Soul Studieux”, which heralds over 100,000 listeners to the station, and is dedicated to stimulating the mind, grooving the body, and uplifting the soul through the arts, education, activism, and music. She is also an accomplished vocalist/producer who released a full-length album entitled “Storms Come” (2007), and an EP entitled “LoveLikeWater” (2012), both which she wrote and produced independently.

She has shared the stage with such artists as Karen Clark-Sheard, Canton Jones, K-Drama, Miz Korona, and many others. Jaci also writes and produces music for a diversity of artists which include poets, vocalists, and hip hop lyricists.