EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Mark your calendars Phoenix! The day is finally here, CYPHERS: The Center for Urban Arts will be opening it’s hiphop doors on January 21, 2012!!!
Sure, there are many dance studios around the Valley of the Sun that offer a hiphop choreo class here, or a bboy class there, and an occasional popping class sometimes, but CYPHERS is going to be the first ALL HiP-HOP ALLtheTiME studio in Phoenix. Yeah, there’s gonna be Yoge and Zumba offered here as well, but the focus of CYPHERS (as the name implies) are all the elements of HiP-HOP. Be prepared to learn, grow, and cypher with Authentic Practitioners of all the hip-hop elements. Look no further if you want to learn how to dance/dj/paint! Conveniently located right off the i-17 near Metro Center Mall, this place is gonna be your one stop shop for all thangs Hip-Hop.
On the 21st there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony + bboy jam. On the 22nd there wil be a full day of workshops for your learning pleasure! Peep the line-up here:
Cyphers Mission Statement:
The Center for Urban Arts is Phoenix’s premier center to learn, practice, and celebrate urban art forms. We aim to showcase the essence of hip-hop culture as a liberating force in our communities. At the Center we teach hip-hop, aerosol art, yoga, house, and other styles of movement and art that push the boundaries of urban culture. We take our inspiration from the urban metropolis, and combine cutting edge artistic practice with innovative style. The Center’s vision is to educate students about the history and cultural importances of urban art styles, as well as provide authentic movement techniques and practices. All of our classes use hip-hop methodology to liberate students and inspire thought and practice rooted in community, justice, and art engagement.
Unlike other studios, The Center for Urban Arts teaches the foundations, history, and cultural knowledge of all urban art forms to deepen our student’s respect and appreciation for the styles they practice. We believe that responsible artists are those that understand the historical and cultural significance of their art form.
The urban arts are inspired by revolutionary tactics from those that live at the margins. From hip-hop dance to aerosol art, all styles are rooted in self-expression and bold individual identity. Our classes and culture uphold the traditions and knowledge of each particular form and believe that urban art can be a catalyst for thoughtful change.
At the heart of The Center for Urban Arts is the strong connection to the community. We foster deep bonds with our students and teachers, and believe that The Center can be a hub for urban arts culture, youth, students, and teachers to come together to create revolution through cutting edge styles, cultural exchange, and rigorous practice.
See you there!