Hiplomacy Tour to Hit East Coast this October

We are excited to welcome First Step Iraq, comprised of dancers and rappers from our YES Academy Iraq, to the U.S. this fall! First Step Iraq will make performance stops in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Detroit and Boston as part of a “Hiplomacy” tour.

Prior to their performance stops, the group will spend two weeks training in New York City with world-renowned choreographers and recording artists James "Cricket" Colter, and Charyse Bailey, aka Mahogany Jones

These six dancers, hailing from Baghdad, Basra, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, were chosen from our YES Academy Iraq after a long audition process. They may speak different languages and face mounting pressure to stop performing hip hop in public, but that hasn't deterred these dancers from doing what they love. The Iraqi artists will present a show that reflects their daily struggle to practice their craft and showcase their talent in the often hostile environment of their home country.

Learn more about the dancers and the trainers at hiphopsandbox.com


First Step Crew