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Elementz provides hip hop arts education and mentoring

Hip hop dance
Hip hop dance
Photo by Stephen Lovekin

A Cincinnati hip hop studio is providing an education in the hip hop arts that doesn’t take place inside a school.

Elementz, an arts non-profit founded in 2001, began with the goal to take kids off the street and “of transformation for children in the urban core…” With support from The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trust and other sponsors, Elementz is equipped with staff to support their different programs. Staff specialties include dance, beats and rhymes, and multimedia.

To support aspiring hip-hop musicians, Elementz provides a mentoring program. Another arts organization, The Beat Lounge, joined forces with Elementz. Members, or beatmakers, get the know-how to develop their existing talent into a professional, sales-making skill.

The Beat Lounge Ltd., and Elementz were originally two separate entities. After joining forces with The Beat Lounge, Kontrax, founder of The Beat Lounge, explained in a video how valuable the mentoring process is. Kontrax explains, “My purpose is to make this a better situation for members. If I had this growing up, it would have made tremendous changes in me.”

Another effort of Elementz is Studio Kre8v, a hip hop dance team instructed by Kasib Hasan and Derek Burbridge. Studio Kre8v has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Boychoir. The dance group is opening its doors to the public with a free dance class on Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Arts Center at Dunham. Space for the class is limited. To register, call 513-588-4988.

Elementz will be opening its doors to the public again for a free concert on Saturday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the Arts Center at Dunham featuring Studio Kre8v. For further details, visit Elementz online.

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