d. Sabela grimes aka Ovasoul7
Sablea is a multi-hyphenated artist, choreographer and educator whose work transforms speech and sound into a visual performance with movement that is electric on transmission. In addition to performing internationally with Rennie Harris Puremovement, Sabela has conceived and presented a body of dance theater work that proactively seeks to expand beyond contemporary notions of Hip Hop culture and aesthetics. Sabela’s performance work and pedagogical approach reveal his vested interest in the physical and meta-physical efficacies of Black dance practices. He created and continues to cultivate a technique-based approach to learning Black dance vernacular dances/dance forms called Funkamentals, which he teaches at UCLA in the World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department.