Grant Recipient Details


Philadelphia, PA

Project Title
Sassafrazz: Roots & Mastery
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

Sassafrazz: Roots & Mastery is a 20-year exploration that will focus on the three stages of a practitioners Break life. Birth, life, and death will be represented by three levels and styles of Breaking: Top Rock, Footwork, and Ground Text. It is inspired by the word sassafras—a dried root used for flavoring—the old/original character based dance styles and flavor in Breaking, and the acceptance/privilege of maturing as a dancer in the Breaking genre in search of the combined: aging and mastery. This original narrative will be composed and choreographed for three Breakers and three Jazz musicians. 

Estimated artist fee: Estimates do not include hotel and local ground transportation: $18,000/performance; $32,000/week

Tour Coordinator

Sandy Garcia |
Artist Representative
tel 212-278-8111 ext. 3425

Presenter Partners

  • Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia, Pa)
  • Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD)
  • New York Live Arts (New York, NY)

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With the lens by the bottom of a Raphel's shoe lifted off the ground in the foreground as he break dances
Photo: Raphael Xavier