Josie Say has thrived in the arts and entertainment industry for over 20 years. Although her first love is acting, much of her career focuses on street/urban dance, such as lindy hop, charleston, jazz, hip hop, breakin', lockin', tap, capoeira, etc. She is the founder of Harlem Soul, a collective specializing in the swing era and beyond, co-artistic director of In Rhythm with Him hip hop ministry, and swing dance consultant for KB's Definition of Creativity. Josie is an alumnus of Culture Shock LA breakin' crew and former administrative director for Future Shock LA, CSLA's youth program.
Based in CA and NY, she travels internationally as a teacher, choreographer, and performer, often in Asia and Europe. One of the first revivalists in the early 90s and known for her fusion of traditional and modern styles, Josie has influenced multiple generations of the swing dance community. Josie's dedication to preserving not only the art form of lindy hop, but the history and culture surrounding it, led her to study and work with Tony Award winner Frankie Manning. In turn her versatility and skills have allowed her to win and later judge various competitions.
Similarly responding to the call of the healing arts, Josie is certified in Vinyasa, Restorative, AntiGravity Yoga and Thai Yoga Bodywork, and is on her way in Pilates and AcroYoga. Furthermore, Josie holds a degree in Movement and Exercise Science, specializing in Athletic Training for dancers, and continues to expand on her love of yoga and dance in her own technique called Hatha 2 Hip Hop.
Past gigs include Brooklyn Museum, LA Tap Festival, NYC Tap Festival, Carnival: The Choreographers' Ball, videos for Georgia Anne Muldrow, Carney, Jonas Brothers and Illa J, Vanguard University, Academy of International Dance, Helsinki Tap Festival, Homeland Cultural Center, Josephine Baker Tribute at MOLAA, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Urban Youth Workers Conference, Walt Disney Company, World Lindy Hop Championships, Herräng Dance Camp, Capitol Records, Rose Parade, The 13th Floor, and numerous films and stage shows. harlemsoul.blogspot.com