Introducing: UrbanKnowlogy 101
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Team Code: CT015
What is the name of your group? In addition, how did your group get its name?
The name UrbanKnowlogy 101 was chosen by our founders Terrance “TP” Polite, LaShonda Wilson, and JayEll Vaughn in 2005. When brainstorming what hip hop meant to them, our three founders came up with the idea of urban knowledge. As college freshmen, the three decided to give the organization a name that related to students, a name that represented a basic, fundamental course in urban movement, hence UrbanKnowlogy 101.
What is the history of your group? In addition, why did your group form?
At the time that our three founders came to George Mason University, hip hop dancing was mainly in music videos. TP and Shonda, coming from a background with Culture Shock, met up with JayEll to create an outlet for urban dancers at Mason. These three wished to share the hip hop dance culture with the student community. Since then, many of the dancers who have spent time on UrbanKnowlogy during their four or so years at Mason have gone on to pursue successful careers in the dance community.
What is your group’s hometown?
UrbanKnowlogy 101 is based on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus in Fairfax, VA.
What do you feel are your group’s greatest accomplishments to date?
UrbanKnowlogy 101 has had many successes over the years. In addition to attracting the attention and respect of much of the student body at George Mason, UK 101 also received first place at the University of Maryland-College Park’s Rip the Floor competition in 2009, came in second at a Radford University’s R U HYPE? competition in 2011, and has also been invited to audition for America’s Got Talent in 2009 and fall of 2011 (we are still on the waiting list to hear back about the results).
Why does your group continue to dance?
We continue to dance because all have a tremendous passion for movement, whether individual training be strictly in hip hop or in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, gymnastics, or a combination of many styles. As individuals we each pursue our own goals, but overall we love having this community where we can share and learn from each other.
Why should the others support your group?
As members of the dance community we have a great respect for all dancers, and hope to foster relationships with people who share in our passion. All we can ask that other groups, dancers, and community members feel the same way, and, at the end of the day, respect the movement above all. UrbanKnowlogy has the unique dynamic of being a college troupe, full of members from diverse ethnic backgrounds, religions and a variety of experience. Other groups should support our dedication to represent urban culture and urban dance to the best of our ability while we continue to grow as students and people in a university setting.