Showcase featuring all-female talent from around the globe uniting communities through dance
Featuring 7pm LOHH Dance Workshop
Ladies of Hip Hop (LOHH) is the brainchild of Michele Byrd-McPhee (executive director and founder), a self-taught hip hop dance forerunner and longtime feminist. She got her start in street dance as it took shape in the clubs that she frequented while growing up. The organization was established in 2004 with the goal of giving women an outlet to dance uninhibitedly and be themselves without the constraints of the male-dominated hip hop world infringing on them. LOHH is a steadfast force in the world of hip hop dance, that provides a constructive outlet for girls and women to proudly display their work. This progressive union of art and egalitarian philosophy also offers liberating workshops, artist exchange programs and inspiring and educational public talks. LOHH is expanding rapidly too; with events all over the US and Europe (Vienna, Sweden), they have burgeoning chapters in Canada and all the way across the globe in China. Bryd-McPhee carefully curates the LOHH participants, presenting a sterling showing of unbridled energy and heartfelt pieces.
Amirah Sackett graduated with a B.F.A in Dance from the University of Minnesota and has studied at Tisch School of the Arts in NYC. Amirah has performed and had her choreography featured locally, nationally, and internationally. Amirah has been an active participant and 2009 -2010 dance curator for B-Girl Be, an international festival for women in hip-hop, at Intermedia Arts. Amirah was honored to receive a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant for 2008-09, which allowed her to travel with fellow dancer and recipient Lisa Berman to Rotterdam, Holland. In 2011, Amirah created a show encouraging collaborative works between artists in hip-hop called “The Joint Project” as part of the Catalyst Series for Intermedia Arts. It was at this show that “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic” debuted, combining Amirah’s love of hip-hop dance and her love of Islam. Amirah along with her dancers Iman and Khadijah have performed as “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic” at events and school throughout the Twin Cities and abroad including “Band Together 2011 for ARC, “Day Of Dignity” at Masjid A’Nur, “Facing Race” Conference 2012 in Baltimore, MD, and at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum 2013 with Brother Ali. Amirah was honored to perform as a solo artist for Undocunation Denver in 2013 in Denver, CO. Amirah’s choreography was featured in Brother Ali’s music video “Mourning in America”, and is currently performing with Brother Ali at several events including “Sound Set 2013” in the Twin Cities, and the upcoming show “Taking it To the Streets” in Chicago, IL. Amirah currently resides in Chicago and is excited to have been chosen to represent hip-hop culture in Bangladesh as part of “Next Level” an initiative by the U.S. State Department and UNC. She will be teaching and choreographing with artists in Dhaka, Bangladesh in the month of November 2014. Amirah believes hip-hop culture, as a whole, gives voice to those often unheard and is a way to uplift, inspire, and bring change to those communities that need it the most.