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The Beat Ya Feet Kings Debut on America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV this Weekend


(photo above of the Beat Ya Feet Kings & manager Diallo Sumbry is by Kanika Tolver and is found @ Amadi Magazine )

DC natives will tell you that the official music style in the city is Go-Go. The DC-based band Experience Unlimited (EU) let the world know just that in the 1980’s Spike Lee movie “School Daze” when they performed their hit song “Da Butt” during a scene in the film. Come this month, folks in DC and around the world will learn the official DC dance step– the Beat-ya-Feet. The DC-based dance troupe, the Beat-Ya-Feet Kings will be appearing on MTV’s popular dance show America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC), hosted by Mario Lopez on August 9. They will be showing the world just how it’s done in DC.

Hailing from southeast DC, the Beat Ya Feet King members are Dante Hancock, 24, Jose Hancock,26, Richard Ogunsiakan, 24, Brandon Faulkner, 23 and sole female member Porche Anthony, 22. During the school year they give back to the community, recently wrapping up in June a successful after-school program they facilitated in Hart Middle School and other area schools where they taught students how to dance.

The dance crew is managed by entrepreneur Diallo Sumbry who also manages the African drumming group Farafina Kan. The members of the Beat-Ya-Feet Kings are hometown celebrities, garnering a buzz whenever they perform, recently showing their stuff off in the month-long Artomatic which was housed in the Navy Yard area of town on M Street.

The Beat-Ya-Feet Kings have dozens of Youtube.com videos and have performed in events throughout the city and in national venues such as Harlem’s famous Apollo Theatre.

Be sure to catch them when ABDC premieres Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 9 pm ET on MTV. You can watch the Beat-Ya-Feet Kings on Youtube.com by typing in the name “Beat Ya Feet Kings”

Are You Starting A New Program?


Starting a youth-centered group, organization or program begins with careful pre-planning. Questions you want to begin to ask yourself are:

(1) Who is your target population?

(2) What are the intended outcomes you hope to achieve?

(3) How will the program/organization/group become sustainable?

WHO IS YOUR TARGET POPULATION?

Your target population is the group that your program is intended to serve. Yes, you will be working with youth, but will it be youth from a particular neighborhood, youth of a certain age or educational background? You can only tailor your services once you identify who your target audience will be. This is crucial for those developing a new program, for it allows you to become more specific and intentional and helps you avoid being all over the place as you come up with your ideas.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTENDED OUTCOMES?

Outcomes are the things that you want your target population to be able to do once you implement a program activity. For example, if your program provides tutoring, an outcome could be that 85% of program participants will advance one grade point in the subject they have been tutored in. Outcomes all you to measure the success of your program.

HOW WILL THE PROGRAM BE SUSTAINABLE?

Is your program free or will there be a program cost? Is the program dependent on volunteers or will you need paid employees? You will need to identify the costs involved in starting and maintaining your program by developing a budget. Once that is done, identify the areas of income for the program–whether they are from program fees paid by participants or grants. Comparing the income with the program costs will allow you to understand how much is needed to maintain the program. You will then need to identify places you will solicit money from if your current income is not sufficient.

This then moves you into the next phase of your development…

AND FINALLY…

SOYA, LLC would like to thank Shining Starz Dance Troupe, under the direction of Pat Jackson and assistant Shanika Wilson-Ross for asking me to be MC of their summer dance extravaganze which showcased the performances of their young dancers. The performances were wonderful and I had a ball!

For personal consultation contact us at soouryouthaspire@yahoo.com

-Khadijah Ali-Coleman

(In photo: Pre-school aged dancers in the Shining Starz Dance Troupe. Photo by Khadijah Ali-Coleman)