STICK AND MOVE DANCE CREW
Stick and Move Dance Crew is a team of professional dancers, performance artists, and teaching artists specializing in Break dance, Acrobatics, Choreography, Popping, Locking, Power Tumbling, Comedy, Hip Hop Culture, Improv, and more. Together since 2001, Stick and Move has reaped national and international acclaim through performing, teaching, competing, and touring across America, working with the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Sky (WNBA team), the Finding Our Folk Tour, and The Best of Dance Chicago, as well as winning BET’s internationally televised dance competition “Spring Bling.” They’ve also shared the stage with many of today’s leading artists such as Common, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and KRS 1. Stick and Move travels to schools and universities performing and spreading their positive message of H.I.P.H.O.P. with a mission to educate, entertain, and inspire humanity through innovative artistry. Like the University of Hiphop, Stick and Move Dance Crew represents Real H.I.P.H.O.P.: Healthy Independent People Helping Other People, with style and authenticity.
Inlight (Jonathan St. Clair)
Jonathan St. Clair, co-founder and director of Stick and Move Dance Crew, is a professional dancer, choreographer, instructor, and event organizer. Known to the hip hop dance world as “Super InLight,” Jonathan travels nationally and internationally, performing, teaching, and sharing real hip hop and hip hop dance to audiences of all ages and cultural and educational backgrounds. Along with traveling to China for the World Expo 2010, Jonathan will also be performing and teaching in Morocco and Algeria in July through the U.S. Cultural Envoy program. Following Shanghai in September, Jonathan will be returning to Uganda in December 2010 to continue working with Breakdance Project Uganda and In-Movement, using performing arts to enrich the lives of youth in urban & rural Uganda. As a leader and innovator in hip hop dance, Jonathan uses his passion for the arts to bring inspiration, fun, and joy, to all walks of life. Currently Jonathan is starting a nonprofit organization to continue providing arts access to youth in underserved communities locally, nationally, and abroad.
Monty Rezell was raised on the south side of Chicago and found his passion for dance and entertaining at a young age. Growing up he taught himself to move like his favorite entertainer Michael Jackson, as well as James Brown and MC Hammer. In high school Monternez and his friends taught themselves different forms of street dance, eventually forming Stick and Move Dance Crew. He is now co-artistic director of the company and has performed all over the U.S. at universities and festivals and for major sports teams. While attending Eastern Illinois University he started the only coed hip hop dance company in the university’s history, Rhythm and X-tacy. In addition to performing, Monty has been teaching authentic hip hop dance, breaking, popping and locking, and street funk around Chicagoland and Wisconsin since the age of 18.
Monty is currently dancing with his new company, Monternez Rezell’s Movement Revolution, also known as MRMR, which performs hip hop, African, and jazz. He uses his love and passion for dance as a tool to encourage, motivate, and enlighten the world about the true positive aspects of hip hop culture. “We must continue to uplift our culture to show the world true hip hop beyond the stereotypes portrayed in mass media.”
Yah-Unity Israel is 23 years young and has been dancing since she was 4 years old, when her mother began teaching her ballet, modern, and African dance. She attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, which was featured on MTV’s show “Taking It to the Stage.” In 2007 she moved to Chicago to study dance at Columbia College Chicago. Since then she has performed in productions as a solo artist, taught dance, and become involved in community projects throughout Chicago.