A hip hop panel and discussion

Saturday, June 10th 2017

Velocity Dance Center

July 28th - August 4th, 2019

For the past 26 years, leading dance practitioners convene in Seattle for the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. The festival offers both multi-session intensives that run across multiple days of the festival and by one-session drop-ins that are different every day.​ 

Honoring Jaron Lanier (computer scientist/author, ​Who Owns the Future) and Jeffrey Wright (actor, West World)

2019 Live Ideas Award accepted by Chris Anderson (TED Talk Curator) 

Hosted by Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri
Featuring performances by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane CompanyTwin Shadow, Raphael Xavier, and Elliott Skinner


Philadelphia, PA


In partnership with SEAMACC, a Philly-based refugee agency dedicated to supporting and serving immigrants, refugees, and other politically, socially and economically marginalized communities as they seek to advance the condition of their lives in the United States.  

New York Live Arts

Monday, March 25th 2019

HERE & NOW Hip Hop Forum

As part of The United States Artist Fellowship, the Knight Award was given to Xavier as the “Hometown Hero” grant. In partnership with the Kimmel Center, W.O.R.X presented free open to the public workshops, a panel discussion and a dance jam taught by a host of progressive Hip Hop artists in the field.

Guest teachers included Teena Marie Custer, D. Sabela Grimes, and B-boy Neguin in addition to featured panelists Ursula Rucker, Tyiib Smith & Ryan ‘Napalm’ Wagner

This day-long session of classes, panel discussion and movement sharing was about creating dialogue to inspire artists in dance and the arts, covering a vast breadth and depth of artistic insight into the Hip Hop culture and performative arts for artists who are thinking about a career in Hip Hop dance and art forms.  It also served as a way to give back to the Philadelphia artist communities for their ongoing support over the years.


​​Skills Philly Footwork Fest