NoHo Dances for a Cause

Dance for fun. Dance for a CAUSE. Dance in NoHo on September 14.

The NoHo Arts District dot Com team is always proud of our local artists, especially those that give back, and especially those that give back through an art form. We had the pleasure of taking Hip Hop In Heels classes with choreographer and all around fabulous motivator Brandee Evans. The class was just pure fun, but its purpose is higher. Hip Hop In Heels is a “TRADEMARKED” series of dance classes for women focusing on improving confidence, building strength, finding “sexy,” and having fun. Dancers of all experience and ability levels are encouraged to take the class in a fierce pair of pumps, as no kitten heels are allowed. Brandee’s class brings together women of all ages and dance levels and gives the dancers a bout of not only confidence but a sense of accomplishment. Thank you, Brandee.

So NoHo, get ready to dance. On Sunday, September 14 from 2-5:30PM, Brandee will host a Hip Hop charity workshop with various choreographers and hip hop styles at The Basement Dance Center in North Hollywood to raise funds for her mother, Diana Harrington, who is battling Multiple Sclerosis and currently resides in a Rehabilitation Center.

Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord making it difficult to walk, sit, and stand. The around the clock care Ms. Harrington so desperately needs is becoming costly and like any child would do, Brandee is going out of her way to do whatever it takes to give her mother the best care possible.

Hip Hop In Heels Charity Dance Workshop

The previous workshop was such a success that Brandee decided to hold one again. The goal is to get renowned choreographers together to teach different styles and bring the dance community together. She’s not just raising money for her mother’s care, she’s also raising awareness of this incurable disease that is Multiple Sclerosis and the struggles people go through to get the healthcare they need.

The styles the instructors will be teaching this weekend include a variety of hip hop and they will be geared towards commercial dance styles.

WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 2-5:30PM

Class instructors include:
JR Taylor from 2-3PM
Tricia Miranda from 3:15-4:15PM
Oth’than from 4:30-5:30PM

The instructor’s credits include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Trey Songz, Lil Jon, Missy Elliott, Mila J, X Factor, The Pulse on Tour, and more.

WHERE: The Basement
5259 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Brandee Evans is a professional dancer and choreographer, originally from Memphis, Tennessee. Brandee has worked both in front of, and behind the camera for projects and clients including Ledisi, Katy Perry, Target, Adidas, Smoothie King, the Miami HEAT, and the Memphis Grizzlies, and more. She has coached and choreographed national title winning teams at the University of Memphis, Northern Arizona University, Japan, and throughout the US.

Hip Hop In Heels Charity Dance Workshop
In 2010 Brandee created Hip Hop In Heels and, with the classes growing quickly in popularity, she has gone on to teach sessions in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Memphis, Japan, Atlanta and the UK. She also started “Hip Hop in Heels” at USA (The United Spirit Association) college/pro dance camp summer 2013.


Brandee can be seen dancing alongside Ledisi & Alicia Keys during the 2012 & 2013 “Black Girls Rock” awards ceremony on BET. She choreographed the 2013 performance on Black Girls Rock for Ledisi, as well as her “I Blame You” music video. She can also be seen in Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” video, Snoop’s “I Wanna Rock” video, an Adidas commercial, a national fitness campaign for Target, and many more. She’s toured with Katy Perry on her “California Dreams” Tour; as well as with Snoop, Kelly Rowland and many more. Pitbull & Kesha’s video “Timber” was also choreographed solely by Brandee. Currently, Brandee is busy choreographing for Ledisi and assisting Laurieann Gibson on many of her projects as her assistant choreographer. She is also the face of Smoothie King in Memphis, TN kick starting their fitness campaign. Brandee travels the world teaching competition routines and Hip Hop In Heels™ master classes.

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