Asia One is known worldwide as a Bgirl icon, Hip-Hop pioneer and activist. A visionary trailblazer and trendsetter, Asia’s influence has been instrumental in setting the bar for standards in the arts of Hip-Hop with skills + knowledge being the supreme combination for personal and global transformation. As a seasoned educator, performer, host, and judge – she is known world-wide as a premier consultant on Hip-Hop cultural lifestyle and travels the world regularly performing, speaking and building with international ambassadors of Hip-Hop culture on the future evolution of Hip-Hop dance and achieving social justice through the culture as a movement. Asia has helped introduce Bboying to corporate America and creating successful partnerships and campaigns with Red Bull, Nike, Tylenol, and participated as a spokesperson and team rider for Tylenol in the Effie award winning Ouch! campaign. She was seen in the hit movie Step Up 2: The Streets and as a commentator in Planet Bboy Movie; a featured artist in The Freshest Kids Bboy documentary, and commentator and coordinator of MGM’s Breakin film DVD Collection. Additionally, Asia is featured in the PowerHouse book entitled We B*Girlz, and We Got Issues and Vibes Hip-Hop Divas book. Recently, Asia was the subject of the short film: Expect the Unexpected, an official selection of the Hip-Hop Film Festival 2013. No Easy Props is her motto (est.1997) and a non-profit organization created in order to hold her world famous Bboy Summit event and her Hip-Hop Cultural Arts and fitness program for youth entitled Hip-Hop 101. A recent graduate of MSU with dual degrees in Art and Multiculturalism, Social Engagement & Activism, Asia is currently honing new ways in which to engage the community through Hip-Hop inspired works.
Cindy Cervantes is a Denver, Colorado native and co-founder. The first Hip-Hop element she got into was writing/graffiti when she was in middle school and it wasn't until college that she got into breaking/bgirling. It was during that time that she joined a student organization called Hip-Hop Congress Denver at the University of Colorado Denver under the leadership of Thomas Evans and Spenser Bernard. The idea of Queenz of Hip-Hop came out of a Hip- Hop Congress meeting discussing an idea for an event during Women's History month that March of 2010. Since then, Queenz of Hip-Hop has become an annual event that the Colorado Hip-Hop community looks forward to.
Dance wise, Cindy has had the opportunity to join performance troupes that have performed in South Korea, Japan and Brazil. Cindy has also taught breaking classes to youth through Denver Parks and Recreation. Today, Cindy is still involved in organizing the annual event and hopes to collaborate with more women in the Hip-Hop community in the United States and those across the world.
Karina is a Denver born, Colorado native, who has been active in the Colorado hip-hop scene since 2009.
Karina’s love of hip-hop started with the sounds of A Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, Biz Markie, Eric B. & Rakim, and so on.
Her love for the elements of hip-hop originally began when she stumbled across b-boys/girls, poppers and lockers at the young age of 5, and only solidified it further with the incorporation of “freestyle” music and hip-hop into her life at that age; it than progressed into an obsession over the art of scratch with turntablism becoming her favorite element.
In 2009, while attending Metro, she met Cindy (co-founder of Queenz of Hip-Hop) and Spencer Bernard, both who were active in the b-boy/b- girl scene and members of Hip-Hop Congress. It was then that she started learning how to b-girl and also became an active member of Hip-Hop Congress.
Karina has been active with the Queenz of Hip-Hop’s jam since 2011 and is one of the original members of Queenz of Hip-Hop since it became more than an annual event and formed as its own separate group of talented women.
She is an activist who believes strongly in the rights and equality for everyone, but even more for those who are oppressed. Her passion is found in giving back to the community, specifically in helping young girls and women find their voice, inner strength, peace and talents. Her peace and happiness derives from meditation, consistently learning something new (from not only books but through people), reading, hiking, basketball, MMA, dance, but most importantly through being a mother.
The most important thing to her is teaching her children the gift of compassion, meditation, giving back, self-awareness and love and to speak up for themselves.
DanVy started dancing in 2012 at a studio called Allana's Academy of Dance. A year later, she left to pursue breaking... that is when she joined Inner City Breakers. As she took weekly classes at Soulfully Driven Dance, she came to a realization that she had passion for all styles of dance which includes: popping, contemporary, waacking, hip-hop, krumping, and ballet. Eventually, she became a Soulfully Driven crew member and participated in various performances/competitions such as Verve, the 8150 Vail Dance Competition, and the Block Party just to name a few. Performance wise, she was able to participate in Denver's very own pride festival for 3 years and was able to work with B.O.B for one of his music videos. In 2015, she decided she wanted to focus on college after graduation so she left Soulfully Driven to pursue her degree(s) in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She joined Queenz of Hip-Hop in 2015. Right away, she felt empowered and inspired by the women she was able to work with. Being the youngest member of the group, she feels not only motivated in all aspects of her life but also blessed to be upon this group of women because she has gained both role models/mentors AND older sisters.
Mallika Ektare (Momo)
Mallika Ektare (Momo) started breakin in 2004 and became part of the culture when moving to Boulder, CO in 2007. In 2015, joined Queenz of Hip Hop to support and develop exposure of the Colorado scene through QHH annual event. Her responsibilities include fundraising, social media, and sponsorship.
Elise Silva started her dance career as a salsera, practicing salsa and other Latin dances for over five years. Along the way, she was introduced to breaking and has been bgirling since 2007. That same year, she moved to New York City and, while living there, studied a range of funk and club styles, including waacking, house, and original hip-hop dances. She continues to study, train, and enjoy all these styles today. Furthermore, she is a hip-hop scholar, having written several works analyzing hip-hop music and dance through historical, social, and feminist lenses. Her essay, “Bronx B-Boys to Havana Hip-Hop: Breaking, Cuba, and the Globalization of a Subculture,” was published in the 2011 issue of the Gallatin Research Journal. Currently, she lives in Longmont, Colorado and reps Street Stylez Crew. After bringing her baby girl, Lilah, into this world in June of 2015, Elise is committed to ensuring that her daughter and all the women of the next generation have equal access to and representation within hip-hop culture.
Mimi da Masala, Colorado native, fell in love with hip-hop at a young age. After experimenting with several elements, she finally found her true love in djing. In 2007 she started her career by becoming apart of one of the first annual female based art collective events in Colorado called Femme Fatale. This event represented female talents from art, emcees, dj’s, b-girls, fashion and more. Holding down her 3rd year with Queenz of Hip-Hop, she continues to support the women in her community. She’s self taught and still learning and influenced by everyone she comes in contact with, from local to worldwide. Mimi naturally gravitated towards other local dj’s in the scene where she was able to find KGNU’s Eclipse show. On air every Sunday night since 1978, the Eclipse has the legacy as the longest running hip-hop radio show. She’s one of few women to ever hold down a resident spot among of crew of veterans.
Koo Qua is an artist who maintains the same substance in her lyrics as she does in her image. An Microphone Checker since the age of 17 years old, the Aurora, Colorado native has been a mainstay in the world of underground rhyme slaying. Able to maintain her stature alongside the boys of rap coming out of Aurora, Koo Qua has grown her talent since the inception of her first album, 2007’s Chunk of My Mind. In demeanor and also on the microphone, Koo Qua is graceful and determined. Her rhymes stand out because of the tenacity in her words and succinct structure in her verses.
Bianca Mikahn rocks the highest energy stages and fortifies the deepest learning spaces. Drawing from years as a celebrated facilitator of therapeutic arts and mental wellness workshops, Mikahn knows what it takes to connect to any and all populations through the joys and tribulations of the human experience. With noted lyrical dexterity as a primary tool, this daughter of the Mile High demolishes perceived boundaries of the so called “femcee”. Both alone and as part of the ground-breaking tribute band "Lady Wu", Mikahn has shared stages with the likes of MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Dead Prez, Mystic, Raekwon and Ghostface Killa, Bahamadia, and hometown heroes Flobots to name a few. Whether performing alone or with the various musician collectives in Denver, her stage presence and lyrical content that can mesmerize multigenerational audiences from any background, earning multiple nominations for “Best Female Emcee” in the Denver Westword. As the Lead facilitator of Check Your Head, a program offered through Mental Health America of Colorado which utilizes urban arts to encourage self-awareness and expression, Bianca has had plenty of experience recognizing and fulfilling the energetic desires of her audiences. Mikahn’s innovative approach to community outreach and articulation of internal experience has garnered her audiences at such prestigious venues as Regis College, University Of Wyoming, Denver University, Metropolitan State University, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the legendary Fylkiengen in Stockholm Sweden among various others. As a presenter and facilitator with various homegrown non-profit groups, Bianca’s brought her unique yet relate-able style of community building to the student populations of Manual, West and Smokey Hill High Schools, Highline Academy as well as intensive groups at Excelsior Youth Center, the Family Crisis Center, and Mile High Youth Corps. Her solo projects “Left Fist Evolution”, “Nightdreams & Daymares” and “In Between Time” offer a sonic stage upon which one might absorb complexity of the spitter, dreamer, healer and ‘Artivist’ that is Bianca Mikahn.
Kara graduated from CU Boulder in 2015 with a BA in Dance and an emphasis in Sociology. She has a very diverse background. She grew up as a gymnast and an acrobat, which is why she is most comfortable upside-down or on her hands. During college and afterwards she danced professionally for a company called Ascendance, which fused modern forms while dancing on a rock climbing wall. She has worked with a wide range of well-known choreographers and is currently professionally dancing for Rennie Harris' Hip-Hop company called Grass Roots Project. This company uses hip hop theatre in order to talk about social issues that are going on in our world today, such as police brutality and domestic abuse. She has taught at many studios teaching acrobatics, tumbling, and multiple styles within hip-hop. She also is a part of a strong non-profit organization called Queenz of Hip-Hop. Currently she teaches at Dual Star Academy of Dance, Premier School of Dance, and The Boys and Girls Club.