Daniel “BRAVEMONK” Haywood Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of BraveSoul Movement and a cultural ambassador and leader in the Hip-Hop community, has served both nationally and internationally as an artist, performer, educator, choreographer, host, judge and competitor over the last 18 years. His credits include: International Cultural Festival of Contemporary Dance in Algiers, Hip-Hop Theater Festival at the MCA, The movie Dreams produced by Lions Gate Films, and a feature in the book Black Theater Is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater and Dance, 1970-2010. BRAVEMONK is a member of Chicago’s legendary and internationally recognized breaking crew Phaze II Crosstown Crew (Est. 1982), a founding contributor and Co-Host of Power Style Radio, and an advisory board member of Chicago Dance History Project. BRAVEMONK’s movement vocabulary is rooted in African American urban vernacular dance forms including Breaking, Hip-Hop social dances and house. He also draws on his training in martial arts and other embodied Afro-diasporic movement languages. BRAVEMONK is currently on faculty at Hubbard Street and the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and is a recipient of the 2017 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award.
While in residence at Dorchester/Rebuild, BRAVEMONK, along with BraveSoul Movement company members and Co-Artistic Director, Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson, will host open practice sessions on the first and 3rd Thursdays of the month and a community jam on Sunday, December 16. Open Sessions are a space for dancers who practice various styles of Hip-Hop & street-dance (such as breaking, house, and Chicago footwork) to meet up, build and hone their skills in each-one-teach-one fashion. A curated playlist of music will bump. All levels and experiences are welcome. The Jam is a dance party and competition where dancers test their skills in head-to-head freestyle battles. Some of the top dancers from around the city will converge to share, express and connect. The Jam may also include workshops, performances and more. Stay tuned for updates!