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jasmine artis


Artist Biography

Jasmine Artis has been a performer for as long as she can remember, but decided to seriously pursue dance upon entering the University of Maryland in fall 2003. There she co-founded Dynamic Dance Team in the spring of 2004. Jasmine became a member of Culture Shock DC in February 2006. She graduated in May 2006 with a BS in Kinesiology Science and since then has made the dance community a huge part of her life. She is currently the Artistic Director of Mini Shock DC and is so excited and humbled to see so many amazing young people grow and develop as dancers and individuals. She also dances for Contradiction Dance, a local company that merges several artistic forms with the intention of expressing stories. She has performed at several venues nationally and internationally including The Kennedy Center, Warner Theater, ATLAS Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Escondido Center for the Arts and Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. She has also performed in international festivals in Suzhou, China and Idaho. Jasmine is interested in inspiring people to chase their dreams…fall, fail, cry, love, and keep pushing through the struggle because it is only then that we can find true fulfillment.

Educator Biography

Jasmine Artis has been a performer for as long as she can remember, however did not begin any type of organized dance until 2003 when she started college at University of Maryland. In 2005, she began teaching hip hop at Wheaton Studio of Dance. From there, she went on to add Beginner Tap and Combination classes to her teaching schedule at the studio. In 2006, she auditioned to be a part of a non-profit youth outreach organization, Culture Shock DC. She was accepted into the company as a core dance member and within a year began teaching a hip hop class for children ages 5-10. This class was the beginnings of what is now Mini Shock DC, a youth company of which Jasmine is the Artistic Director. Jasmine graduated from University of Maryland in 2006 with a BS in Kinesiology Science. She currently teaches at various locations throughout the DC Metropolitan Area, including the following: Contradiction Dance at Echo Park, The Madeira School, The Jewish Community Center, Potomac Dance Center, the Davis Center, and Poetry N Motion. Some of her Mini Shock members were recently selected to accompany the Broadway Across America's production of The Wizard of Oz, where they played the role of munchkins at the Warner Theater.

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