Sunday, June 18

7:00 pm

Soul Music Sunday Kickoff Party featuring DJ Sid

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 932 Philadelphia Ave., 3rd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910

DescriptionThe International Soul Society’s opening party, celebrating soul music and rhythm and blues.  Bring a partner and come out!  Dress up if you want.

Free. All ages


Monday, June 19

11:00 am

Juneteenth Celebration

Location: Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Steps, 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037

A celebration of the art, music, movement and communities that have evolved as a direct and indirect result of the emancipation of enslaved people. Our celebration will include a reading of the proclamation and expressions of honor and gratitude.

Free. All ages

6:00 pm

Blues Heritage Social

Location: Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737

Description: Urban Artistry celebrates the blues as the musical, cultural, and artistic foundation of the many forms of urban dance culture. We are honored to collaborate with The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation as Acoustic Blues musicians and historians teach informal workshops and provide historical context to the Acoustic Blues. This is a unique cross-cultural and intergenerational exchange for artists from both the Blues and various urban dance communities to continue our greater artistic enlightenment. Soul Food is on us, bring your instruments and an open heart!

Donations encouraged. All ages

About The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation:

Archie Edwards (1918-1998) was a bluesman, teacher, barber, and storyteller. The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation was created to preserve his memory and to carry on the work he began at his barbershop in Northeast Washington, DC, to teach people about Piedmont blues and keep the tradition alive. To learn more about Archie Edwards, visit:

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Tuesday, June 20

7:00 pm

That’s House: True School Workshop and Jam Session featuring DJ Ernest Fountain

Location: Ten Tigers, 3813 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington

DescriptionBefore you get upset… The term “ That’s House” is not a statement about authenticity or an off remark about your brand of House Music. It is a reference to the traditions of self-expression, diversity, tolerance and forward thinking that many of us have found in House Music Culture.

In following those traditions, Urban Artistry Inc. presents another edition of “That’s House,” a House Music Culture series, aimed to educate, inspire, and highlight the people, the music, the movement that unapologetically represent the diversity that is House Music Culture.

People who enjoy House music should get together more often, experience other genres of house music, learn about the dance cultures in different states and countries and from time to time get to know each other outside clubs and competition. Every community has value and holds the right to their truths and traditions.

Free. Donations encouraged.  All ages.  


Wednesday, June 21

8:00 pm

The Preservatory Project Presentations featuring Ty Bunky

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 932 Philadelphia Ave, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Description:  The Preservatory Project presents an archive of the voices of the Urban Dance Community in Maryland and the Greater Washington DC Area. Join us for an evening of reflection and discovery into the rich history of our local arts community and those who have helped to shape it.

One of those people is Tyone “Ty Bunky” Woods, a percussionist, dancer and cultural preservationist. Also, a Certified Addictions Specialist, Tyrone provides instruction in The Basic Concepts of Movement Therapy to the criminally insane, special education, the physically challenged, juvenile delinquents, person’s living with HIV-AIDS, persons in substance abuse recovery, the blind, those neglected and abused while in residential care, and senior citizens.  Mr. Woods will be giving a presentation entitled: We Dance To Survive, A History of Dance From Africa To America.

This event is partially funded by a Maryland State Arts Council grant.

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Thursday, June 22

8:00 pm

The Nexus DJ Showcase

Location: Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL), 1212 18th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036

DescriptionThe Nexus is a DJ Showcase hosted by Urban Artistry. The local DJs/Turntablists represent many genres of party music to include Hip Hop, House, Funk, Rare tracks and sounds that represent Urban Dance Culture. These DJ’s will play a consecutive set of music through the night, keeping each other, the audience and dancers connected through music. This is not a battle…this is not a competition…this is community coming together celebrating music and dance.

Free. Donations encouraged.  21+

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Friday, June 23

7:00 pm

Let Your Sole Speak – Funk Edition

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 932 Philadelphia Ave, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Description: Bring your funkiest outfit, let loose, bring your friends and let’s get down on the dance floor. 

Free. Donations encouraged.  All ages

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Saturday, June 24

3:00 pm

The Main Event

Location: Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL), 1212 18th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Description: A day representing an international understanding of urban dance culture, featuring dance competitions, showcases, live painting, art, music, cyphers, and more.

The innovative battles in House dance and Popping feature national and international champions of “The ABYSS: A House Dance Experience” and “Book of Styles Popping Battle” qualifiers. Those who won the qualifiers will travel to DC to participate in the final competition featuring live vocalists and musicians.

Specials guests from Memphis will showcase Memphis Jookin’ — a hip hop dance style originating from Memphis.

See our confirmed events below:

$20. **URGENT: Despite previous confirmation, we were just informed that the venue will not allow guests under 21. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience.**

**Prelims for both The ABYSS and The Book of Styles start at 4:00 pm sharp.**

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10:00 pm

International Soul Society 17′ After Party

Location: Ten Tigers, 3813 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Description: We invite you to join us for our after party at Ten Tigers Parlor. Celebrate our passion for this culture, for the love of dance and music, and our community.

$5 Cover.  21+

DJ Lineup: 
DJ Oji (POJI Records)
DJ Andrew Hogans (House-N-U)
DJ A. Plane

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Sunday, June 25

2:00 pm

Workshops with Pop Tart and Dr. Rico

Location: Urban Artistry Dance Academy, 932 Philadelphia Ave, 3rd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Description: We are pleased and proud to open up our community to the culture and styles of Struttin’ and Jookin’ through direct sources. Lonnie “Poptart” Green and Marico “Dr Rico” Flake have been the main source and inspiration for Urban Artistry and we are proud to carry on the traditions of both styles of movement. Each class will give an in depth look into how the communities began, where they are now and how we are to continue to push forward into the future. We welcome you all to come and experience and hear the stories of these two guests from San Francisco, CA and Memphis, TN.

2-4 pm Memphis Jookin’ with Dr. Rico
4-6 pm Struttin’ with Poptart

$30 each. Both workshops for $50.  All ages

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6:00 pm

Beer Tasting and Cool Down

Location: Denizens Brewing Company, 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Description: Re-energize with good eats, spirits, and company at a local beer garden before the closing party.

All ages.

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10:00 pm

Underground Soul Solution Closing Party featuring DJs Sam “The Man” Burns and Jose Marquez

LocationEighteenth Street Lounge (ESL), 1212 18th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Description: Dancers and music lovers have followed Sam “The Man” Burns, a native of DC, for years.  From club “State of the Union,” to “Red,” to his current residency at “Eighteenth Street Lounge,” Sam “The Man” Burns has earned his rep as one of D.C.’s most skilled house music DJs.  He leads us on a journey through house, disco and R&B.  Bring an extra shirt.

** Large bags, Backpacks, or men’ shorts are not permitted in the venue. Please store them prior to entering the venue**

Free. 21+