Beauty and the Beatz
Born Sierra Roundtree, DJ Beauty and the Beatz turntable prowess has never disappointed her audience. Her style ranges from Hip Hop to Pop to Top 40s, to various EDM genres, Reggae, R&B, and World Music. Hypnotized by her sound, poise and mainstream appeal, most are even more fascinated by her story. It’s not often, if at all, that you are musically mesmerized at a concert, rocking to your favorite beats, having the time of your life, only to look up and realize that you are jamming to a 17 year old female DJ.
Hailing from Las Vegas and now a resident of the Nation’s Capital, Washington DC, DJ Beauty and the Beatz was exposed to Music by her father before she could even crawl. Riding in the car with him while running errands, she realized her own love for beats and lyrics. By age 6, she began recognizing samples used by different artists and shouting “air” suggestions to the radio DJ to play songs based on their similarities. Her parents quickly recognized her ear for music and borrowed a set of turntables from a friend so their daughter could learn the craft. Unable to read “How to Dj” books at the time. Sierra took to Youtube as her instructor. By 8, she was spinning at school events and corporate gigs.
Now recognized as a celebrity Deejay, Beauty and the Beatz has entertained the Obamas, Will Smith, Doug E. Fresh, Teen Vogue’s former editor, Elaine Welteroth, Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, Sway Calloway of Sway in the Morning, and so many more. She’s partnered for heavy weight projects with brands like Sony, Abercrombie & Fitch, Smithsonian, Target, Colgate, Toyota, Uggs, VH1’s Save The Music, and was even the official DJ for US Women’s Soccer Team’s SHE BELIEVES tour. By 15 years old, she was approached, and agreed to open her life and home for the filming of MTV’s MY Super Sweet 16.
Recognizing her ability to influence fans, DJ Beauty and the Beatz uses her star power for good by purposefully inspiring girls to live their dreams out loud “BE SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU”
Ballet After Dark
Ballet After Dark is an organization that provides holistic dance therapy to trauma survivors and other disenfranchised individuals. The 12 month curriculum introduces participants to beginner’s ballet, self-care management, empowering mantras, classical ballet history and more! No dance experience necessary to participate! Tyde-Courtney Edwards is the Founding Director of Ballet After Dark. Be sure to watch the short film, Ballet After Dark, streaming exclusively on HULU.
Katie Jo Suddaby
Rev. Katie Jo Suddaby is one of the only Western artists who create delicate, temporary works in sand (called mandalas) using ancient Tibetan techniques. Tibetan Buddhist Monks have created and brushed away these symbolic works of art since the 8th Century BCE to teach the doctrine of impermanence. Since 2012 Katie Jo has designed and performed over 30 original mandalas for galas, festivals, and retreats across the country. Each mandala is unique and can take a few hours or a few months to complete. She has received training from Tibetan Buddhist monks in the US and Nepal. Katie Jo is also a pastor, workshop leader, and motivational speaker. Ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA, she fuses Buddhist art and Christian texts to teach self-care, art as a spiritual expression, and the value of religious diversity.
Batalá Washington is an all-women Afro-Brazilian band that plays Samba-Reggae rhythms. Batalá Washington’s mission is to empower women through drumming and expose people to Brazil’s dynamic Afro Bahian culture and Samba Reggae music. Batalá’s music, colorful costumes & energetic dancing, create a visual & auditory experience few forget!