Featured Artists Bios
Al J. Powell
My name is Al J, and I am from Northern Virginia. As an Afro-Latino, I come from a musical household. There was always music playing, people dancing, and people singing. This is probably why I have an affinity for most things music-related. I have been dancing seriously for about 5 years. My hope is to spread love and to understand myself and others through dance.
Cody “Coflo” Ferreira
Born and raised in the East Bay Area of California Coflo considers himself a “house head” before anything else. Growing up in the Bay Area club culture as a dancer, Coflo’s obsession with music drove him to the explore the inner-workings of sound, musical composition and the art of a club DJ. This wanting to understand more drove Coflo to study music in basic theory, production, instrumentation etc… In an effort to further his knowledge in dance through music, Coflo began to fall in love with the art of music production. Through friendship with local dancer/producer Stephen Rigmaiden; Coflo was shown some of Stephen’s trade secrets of house music production. Since these basic beginnings Coflo has grown in both dance and music production through the decades. Known as one of America’s best “house dancers” of a new generation; Coflo now has published remixes and original productions on King Street; Ocha Records and MoBlack Records. He has also founded a multi-genre music label for his artistry crew “The Soulshifters” called Catch The Ghost Records. Coflo acknowledges many of his sound choices to his local influences as well as his ongoing study of the Brazilian martial art/music, Capoeira. Coflo sends his respect and gratitude to the dance-floor masterminds of the Bay Area club culture sounds: David Harness, Patrick Wilson, Dedan, Jayvi Velasco, Cali, Cecil, Carlos Mena (while in the Bay).
E the poet-emcee
Depending on where you encounter him, E the poet-emcee is either a MC with powerfully poetic lyricism or a performance poet with masterful MC presence. E the poet-emcee delivers social commentary with street-wise swagger. Combine the storytelling of a Slick Rick, Godbody wisdom of a Rakim and lyrical wit of a Jay-Z and you have E the poet-emcee. Hear E the poet-emcee speak his own bio.
Tatiana is a professional dancer, dance instructor, choreographer, and event organizer. She holds a Master’s Degree as an Adult Educator. Tatiana has won several competitions in Switzerland and abroad (Italy, Denmark, Canada, France), had the opportunity to dance in Bercy in Paris for the world finals of Juste Debout in the House category in 2010, and has been sought out to give workshops and judge competitions in Switzerland and overseas (USA, Canada, Italy, Austria, Canada, Italy, France, Peru, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia and Germany). In 2017, she had the chance to perform at Madison Square Garden in New York and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as a dancer for the known rock band “Arcade Fire” for their tour, “Everything Now.”
Tatiana has been very involved in the growth and development of the Swiss Hip-Hop scene. She has been a Hip-Hop dance teacher in two Swiss contemporary dance companies, ”L’Estuaire” and “Alias,” and has taught Hip-Hop dance in schools: Studio des Bains, and Centre de Formation Professionnelle des Arts Appliquées (CFPAA) for the contemporary dance branch in Geneva for 12 years. With Loïc Dinga, she opened her own dance school in Geneva, Le Centre Hip-Hop. She is a member of the JAIA association, with which she organizes dance camps, the JAIA Battle, House, Hip-Hop and Dancehall dance sessions “Sweat your House” and “LES 5 SENS” (a party which combines different art forms that appeal to the five senses and connect different artistic worlds through clubbing culture). In 2012, she was one of the four dancers and creators of the “Continuum” Hip-Hop dance company, the first Hip-Hop dance company in Geneva. Tatiana moved to New York in 2016, and teaches Hip-Hop and House at “EXPG New York.” She is also now part of the legendary Rennie Harris PureMovement Dance Company in Philadelphia. She is now building her dance company called “Passion Fruit.” Using her first influences: Afro-Haïtian dance, and dancehall, Tatiana continues to develop and grow in her dance. Amongst others, she specializes in Hip-Hop and House Dance.