In terms of dance, there really hasn't been anything more creative in the non-profit world than Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy, a non-profit weekly hip-hop arts program.
An award-winning, nonprofit community urban dance collective, J.U.i.C.E. was founded in 2001 in the Rampart District of Los Angeles. Overall, this organization has made a fine case for itself while teaching visual arts workshops, painting large-scale and legal graffiti murals in the community, recording and producing music, among other things.
"J.U.i.C.E. is a community place where the youth and young adults come together to practice all four elements of hip hop, DJ-ing, and in the outdoors they paint graffiti art," Emiko Sugiyama says. "It's a free program that we provide at McCarthur Park from 12-4 p.m. every Saturday."
For the past four years, this entity has presented an Annual Hip Hop Festival. For a fifth time, they're doing so again (September 22, Ford Amphitheatre). And they're proud of that. Sugiyama has been the producer for the festival since 2010.
"Everything will be about dance, but we do have some emcee performances," Sugiyama says.
J.U.i.C.E’s new program, “Each One Teach One,” could perhaps be classified as the most prominent set within this year's festival. Basically, it's a dance and mentorship program for high school students and young adults and is supported by Flourish Foundation and the Asian Pacific Healthcare Venture.
"Each One Teach One" teaches inner city youngsters to prepare to work in a professional setting as soon as they graduate from the program, according to a prepared statement. This segment of J.U.i.C.E. is free and occurs weekly, as it serves as a creative arts mentorship program that teaches them how to choreograph and perform in a theatre environment, too.
J.U.i.C.E. figures to provide an excellent night of entertainment filled with activities and respectable guests and performances by Young Sam, The Avengers Crew, The Underground, Antics Performance, Lux Aeterna, Teressa Toogie Barcelo, Versa-Style Dance Company, Boogie Frantick, 2nd Nature, The Waackers, SoulShifters and Baneful Brew.
"This will be a celebration to see all kinds of hip-hop dances," Sugiyama says. "They're all coming together in one place."
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