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Josie Say

           

Josie Say has found success in the arts and entertainment industry for over 20 years. Through her first love of acting and theatre, she found her passion for dance and choreography, with much of her career focused on street/urban dance, such as lindy hop, charleston, jazz, hip hop, breakin’, lockin’, tap and capoeira. She is the founder of Harlem Soul, a collective of dancers specializing in the swing era and beyond (with the mission to “preserve and progress street dance”), co-artistic director of In Rhythm with Him hip hop ministry, and swing dance consultant for KB’s Definition of Creativity. Josie has served as administrative director for Future Shock LA, a youth hip hop dance company, and is an alumnus of Culture Shock LA breakin’ crew. 

Based in CA and NY, she travels internationally as a teacher, choreographer, and performer, working in Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Croatia, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Italy, and Canada. Being one of the first revivalists in the early 90s and known for her fusion of traditional and modern styles, Josie has influenced multiple generations of the swing dance community. Josie is dedicated to preserving not only the art form of lindy hop, but the history and culture surrounding it. This led her to study and work with Tony Award winner Frankie Manning, while performing and winning several competitions with a variety of partners. In fact a recent win with Nathan Bugh granted her the title of Guest Performer with The NY Pops at Carnegie Hall.

In similar fashion, upon responding to the call of the healing arts, Josie earned certifications in Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork, AcroYoga, Mat Pilates, Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball Practitioner, Yoga Nidra, and Master Instructor Trainer for AntiGravity Fitness and Aerial Yoga. Furthermore, valuing versatility and balance in her work, Josie holds a degree in Movement and Exercise Science and continues to expand on her love of yoga and dance in her own developed technique called Hatha 2 Hip Hop.

Past projects include Brooklyn Museum, Vanguard University (professor of dance/ fitness and hip hop club advisor), LA Tap Festival, NYC Tap Festival, Carnival: The Choreographers’ Ball, videos for Georgia Anne Muldrow, Carney, The Jonas Brothers and Illa J, Academy of International Dance, Helsinki Tap Festival, Homeland Cultural Center, Josephine Baker Tribute at The Museum of Latin American Art, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Urban Youth Workers Conference, The Walt Disney Company, World Lindy Hop Championships, Herräng Dance Camp, Capitol Records, KTLA news, The Rose Parade, The Thirteenth Floor, Vanity Fair (photographed by Annie Liebovitz with Leonardo DiCaprio), and numerous films and stage shows.