BraveSoul was born organically in 2016 as the newest iteration of a 15-year synergy between two of Chicago’s influential street dance artists: Daniel “BRAVEMONK” Haywood and Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson. BraveSoul, which focuses on concert and site-specific dance performances, education and social/community-building practices, is rooted in the movement languages and cultures of Hip-Hop and House, as well as martial arts, a wide-range of improv traditions and other Afro-diasporic movement languages. BRAVEMONK and K-Soul share a connection with Spirit as the central driving force in their relationship to movement. As BraveSoul, they seek to engage the mind, heart and senses through embodied dialogue and collaborative artmaking processes.
A playful evening capturing the kindred spirits of two Chicago dancers. Shot in and near Chicago's historic nightclub, Green Dolphin.
Music: Everybody by 2 Makes 1
Videographer/Editor: Paul Elliott
Movement Artists/Dancers: Daniel "BRAVEMONK" Haywood & Kelsa "K-Soul" Robinson
Directed & Choreographed: DualMind & BraveSoul
Shout out to: Just Jacob Ventures LLC & Jesse Sexton
Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson is a dance artist and educator with deep experience and training in the underground House, Hip-Hop and street-dance communities. Kelsa is a member of Venus Fly, an internationally known street-dance crew. She has performed and served as a guest artist around the country and overseas, and has taught at the collegiate level since 2005. Kelsa is currently a visiting lecturer at The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches technique, pedagogy, dance studies and community cultural development courses. Kelsa has also dedicated much of her career to working at the intersection of activism, community building and the arts, through curation, community organizing, and program development, management and evaluation. Kelsa’s teaching and dancemaking also draws on best practices in community development. Most recently, Kelsa co-founded BraveSoul Movement, a socially engaged dance company. BraveSoul currently has a 6-month residency at Links Hall and is working on a piece that will be performed in August 2017 at Pritzker Pavilion as part of a community-based dance initiative of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE). Kelsa holds a bachelor degree in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Daniel "BRAVEMONK" Haywood: Daniel Haywood, known as BRAVEMONK in the Hip-Hop community, is an artist, performer, choreographer and educator who has spent the last 18+ years speaking, judging, hosting, competing, performing and teaching at Hip-Hop cultural events throughout the U.S. and Internationally. BRAVEMONK, a cultural ambassador and leader in the Hip-Hop community, is a member of Chicago’s legendary and internationally recognized breaking crew, Phaze II Crosstown Crew (Est. 1982), as well as Co-Artistic Director/Co-Founder of BraveSoul, a founding contributor & Co-Host of Power Style Radio and an Advisory Board member of Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP). BRAVEMONK will be teaching a new course that focuses on breaking at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago beginning this fall 2017.