Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Rhapsody James has been dancing since the age of seven and choreographing since the age of sixteen. After receiving her degree in Social Sciences in the Arts at Purchase College, Rhapsody decided follow her dreams of being a choreographer. She started her career as an intern at record labels such as Loud, Uptown, Motown, and Universal. She landed a job at Sony Music as an Executive Assistant. This further ignited her passion for the music business and choreography. Her drive for choreography lead her to make the decision to leave Sony Music. Soon after, Rhapsody became one of the two main choreographers of the NBA New Jersey Nets Dance Team, and principal dancer in one of the hottest videos of the summer, “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” by Busta Rhymes. She also had the pleasure of appearing on MTV’s “The Grind,” VH-1 “80’s Dance Party,” “VH-1 Fashion Awards” and “Lip Service.”
As a professional choreographer in the music business Rhapsody’s credits include Beyonce, The Jonas Brothers, The Pussycat Dolls,The Spice Girls, Cassie, Jay Sean, Donnie Klang, “Step Up 2: The Streets” Feature Film, “Making The Band 4,” as well as commercials for the NY lottery, Citeron Car Company and ESPN. Aside from being a world reknowned teacher and choreographer, Rhapsody is also the Artistic Director/Choreographer of her own dance company called no other than Rhapsody: The Company. Rhapsody: The Company is dedicated to blurring the boundaries between Hip-Hop, modern and jazz with their unique contemporary fusion style of “street jazz” that expresses an eclectic vision of beauty and rawness. Through dynamic choreography displaying a vision of complexity and drama, this company will capture you with a positive energy that excites and soothes your soul.
Taking her Artistic Direction and Choreography to another level, Rhapsody has now created Siren Assassins, which she believes is “Dance To Die For.” Be sure to visit www.sirenassassins.com for the full experience.
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Ashani Mfuko is a Social Media Strategist, Digital Marketing Specialist, Award-Winning Blogger, and Professional Dancer. Ashani works with small businesses, corporations, & non-profit organizations as a Social Media Strategist and Digital Marketing Specialist. She creates results-driven, innovative social media strategies that are proven to increase your revenue and catapult your brand to expert status in your niche! She has an extensive track record of creating and implementing successful social media strategies for her clients.
She is also the Host and Executive Producer of the “Inside New York City Dance” television show on MNN, and is a proud wife and new mom.
Ashani has been featured in Dance Magazine, as a “Media Maven”, as well as in Dance Mogul magazine, Inside Woman magazine, & Dance Studio Life magazine, in addition to various dance blogs online. She is the author and creator of the, “Finance Your Dance: How To Turn Your Passion Into Profit“ e-book and workshop, and her dance blog won the Reader’s Choice, “Top Dance Business Blog” of the year award, two years in a row. She is a leader in the field of social media and digital marketing, and is highly sought after as a dance performer and dance teacher in the New York City dance community. Ashani is on staff at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and teaches Advanced Jazz classes for their Jazz & Contemporary program & Ballet program.