EPIK Dance Company is a 501c3 nonprofit street-fusion dance company that combines classical training (like contemporary, jazz, and modern) with urban disciplines (like hip hop, breaking, and locking) to provide all people an opportunity to experience the benefits of dance and the arts through public education, performances, and community enrichment.
The EPIK Dance Company vision was put into motion in 2007 by Luis Egurrola and Sarah Dimmick, who shared a love of music and a passion for dance. With the simple goal of promoting the public’s knowledge of dance and fostering their appreciation for the arts, Egurrola and Dimmick began recruiting fellow dancers who shared their love and passion for the performing arts. What resulted was a group of unique, diverse, and talented dancers that have since made a name for themselves by providing dynamic performances and high-quality arts education programs throughout Arizona.
In November 2009, EPIK Dance Company hosted and performed in “Common Ground,” their first independent concert at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix. The show centered around the idea that there are always ties that bind us together, regardless of background, ethnicity, race, or creed; and was well received by critics and audiences. The company presented a follow-up show of the same title in February 2011 and again in October 2013 that expanded on the themes and story lines introduced in their debut. “Common Ground” was met by sold out crowds, critical acclaim, a grant award from The Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a nomination for ECHO Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
EPIK has created an all new anti-bullying performance and education initiative called “Every Move Matters”. The program incorporates dance and spoken word to teach audiences about bullying while empowering them to take action to make their communities bully-free.
EPIK Dance Company premiered “EPIK Effect” in February 2013, introducing work that addressed issues we all face as humans on this planet. The dynamic stage presentation explored the relationships we have with the world in which we live in. Through street-fusion dance, spoken word, visually striking choreography, and thought provoking video, the full-length stage show featured all new original works, done in true EPIK fasion. EPIK reminded its’ audience there is always a choice and opportunity to create change, and it is time for an EPIK one.
Unable to keep their excitement and passion for dance and the arts to themselves, EPIK continues to make education and community outreach a priority. They truly believe a connection to the arts, and more specifically dance, can provide limitless benefits to audience members, artists, and the community as a whole. Through classes, performances, and community outreach, EPIK Dance Company is focused on providing people of all demographics the chance to experience the positive physical, mental, and psychological benefits of dance; both as audience members and as artists themselves.