"Miami has rich street dance history that dates back to the 80’s. The problem is the city's dynamic underground street culture often gets overlooked by tourism of South Beach and Miami. There are little to no platforms at all for young street dance artists to gain recognition or to showcase their talent to the masses. Body Talk is about bringing the underserved neighborhoods and the inner city dance community of South Florida together."
- Jon Boogz, Movement Artist/Founder of Body Talk
Since 2007, Body Talk Popping Jam has been a space for the youth and street dance community to congregate and celebrate their artistry. As one of the largest street dancing events in South Florida, Body Talk is back to empower young dancers to reach their full potential by creating a platform and showcasing world class dancers.
This year, Body Talk is bringing three movement artists back to their South Floridian roots: Nao Campbell, Quentin Robinson, and Andrews Mujaca.
Founder of Body Talk Jon Boogz is a Miami native who recognizes the power of connecting with young adults in his hometown to inspire change and set an example. By giving back to the community that raised him, he hopes to create positive trajectories for the next generation of street dancers.
Make a tax-deductible contribution today and support Moving & Passing!
Moving & Passing is a project supported by Sozo Impact, an arts initiative dedicated to developing and producing purpose-driven artistic experiences. With a strong focus on education, social impact and civic engagement, Sozo Impact partners with high caliber artists and organizations, using the arts to connect people of diverse backgrounds together, and promote empathy, understanding and action.
There are two ways to donate. Send a check payable to "Silicon Valley Community Foundation," with a note that this is for "Sozo Impact - Moving & Passing," to the following address, or donate online by using a credit card via the link below.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Attn: Gifts Administration
2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040
Sozo Impact is a fiscal sponsorship fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Donations will be processed by SVCF, a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the United States, EIN# 20-5205488. Contributions will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. SVCF will provide a formal acknowledgment letter containing tax-deduction language for your records.
BAMUTHI (Marc Bamuthi Joseph) is a curator of words, ideas and protagonists. His bold poetically-driven work investigates social issues and cultural identity. He is a steadfast believer in empathy as the most valuable currency in building community, and seeks to spark curiosity and dialogue about freedom, compassion, and fearlessness through pioneering arts stewardship and education. A 2017 TEDGlobal Fellow, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine as one of America’s Top Young lnnovators in the Arts and Sciences; artistically directed HBO’s “Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices” and is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s greatest living artists. Dance Magazine named him a Top Influencer in 2017.
BAMUTHI’s evening length work red black and GREEN: a blues was nominated for a 2013 Bessie Award for “Outstanding Production (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form)” and he has won numerous grants including from the National Endowment for the Arts and Creative Capital Foundation. His latest touring work /peh-LO-tah/ is inspired by soccer and Bamuthi's first generation American experience, intersecting global economics, cross border fan culture, and the politics of joy. Recent commissions include the libretto for Home in 7 for the Atlanta Ballet and theater work for South Coast Repertory Theater. He has collaborated as a librettist with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and director/choreographer Bill T. Jones on an opera We Shall Not Be Moved, co-commissioned and produced by Opera Philadelphia, New York’s Apollo Theater and London’s Hackney Empire, which premiered in Fall 2017.
BAMUTHI is the founding Program Director of the exemplary non-profit Youth Speaks, and is a co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one-day festivals which activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life. His essays have been published in Harvard Education Press; he has lectured at more than 200 colleges, has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford and Lehigh, among others, and currently serves as Chief of Program and Pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.