A creative soul and visionary, Costa Rican-born Tati Chaves found her passion in Hip Hop choreography and dancing by an early age of fourteen. She began expanding her skills, practicing a variety of dance forms which allowed her to develop her versatility as an artist, and would gain momentum performing at notable theaters around the country such as National Theater, Melico Salazar Theater, National Dance Theater, Eugene O’neill Theater. She would begin to build her professional resume by working with companies such as Canal 7, Heineken, Smirnoff, Scotiabank and Samsung.
Tati would continue her advocacy for Hip Hop culture as an organizer, contributing to the success of several events including Union Break Dance, Time of Battle, and Nosotras Somos Hip Hop among others. In 2014, she became a founding member of Zulu Nation Costa Rica, a grassroots organization that aims to preserve and elevate Hip Hop culture while serving community.
In an effort to share her knowledge of dance with new generations, Tati would join forces with longtime colleague Andrea Cabezas and began teaching and facilitating after school classes at different educational centers such as Saint Michael School, Liceo Franco-Costarricense, Monterrey School, Saint Nicholas of Flüe School and Comite Cantonal Deportes y Recreacion de Montes de Oca.
The two would expand these classes to create an ongoing project and collective called Hip Hop Consciente in 2016, which not only spotlighted dance, but would incorporate other elements of Hip Hop, life skills development, critical thinking and healthy living. Due to it’s overwhelming success, the program continues to expand from 20 students in 2017 to 80 students in 2018.
Monday, February 18th