Meet the performers
Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio
Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio is an accomplished poet, actor and teacher. As a poet, Vision was awarded the Alternative Soul award for best Spoken Word Performer. In 2012, Vision was featured on CNN’s Black in America 5 hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Vision is a founding member of Spoken Soul 215, Philadelphia’s premier spoken word collective which hosts the largest monthly live arts event in Philadelphia’s history, “The Harvest.” He is the Artistic Director for Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement where he teaches poetry as an avenue for self expression, self-esteem, public speaking and peer mentoring. He is also the head coach of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry team, who won the 2011 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. This Fall, Vision will be featured on TV One’s Verses and Flow alongside Raheem Devaughn.
In the most unlikely of towns, two young women met and fell into the strange and wonderful world of the circus. Practicing acro-yoga and aerial hoop, the dynamic duo began traveling and performing acts inspired by art and built on strength and flexibility. Self-taught, Ashley and Amena learned discipline, skill, grace, and (most importantly) to have fun. Together, they are the perfect pair (on the ground or in the air). They are Flextacy Arts.
Glo’s passion is to spread good vibes and freeing energy wherever she hoops. Performing for a year now, independently, then with Go Gurlz and The Hoop Mistresses, her fire for the hoop, flow arts and dance has only grown brighter. As she continues to grow as an artist she hopes to leave a deep impression on the flow arts community and with those who she has the joy to perform for.
PoleKatz began in 2009 as a pole dance instruction business designed specifically for fitness. Pole dancing is growing every day. Not only is it ideal for fitness but it is also very empowering for women. It helps women embrace their bodies, it is sensual and most of all fun. The basis of PoleKatz gave women the opportunity to try something new and edgy while getting a great workout. Over the past two years PoleKatz has grown to become one of the most elite entertainment businesses in the Lehigh Valley, which consists of eight women and one man. They host thematic shows which consist of various kinds of dance including pole dance, burlesque, ballroom, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet and acrobatics. They are also very active with charities such as The Second Harvest Food Drive, Pole Dance for Firefighters, Feed the Homeless and Out of the Darkness Suicide Walk. Not only do they present shows but also host large events such as The Lehigh Valley Pole Fitness Competition which is held at Sweat Like a Girl. Sweat Like a Girl is home to PoleKatz, and the heart of pole dancing education in the Lehigh Valley. PoleKatz is dedicated to educating the community about the benefits of pole dancing. PoleKatz also offers at home bachelorette parties, choreography services and some retail.
With over a decade of stage experience, as well as numerous poetry slam championships under his belt, Reagan “Mr. Rigz” Mendoza has every right to be boastful. Yet, it’s his easy-going attitude, combined with powerfully emotional performances and a passionate, lyrical poetry style that has made him a favorite at spoken word venues and poetry festivals all across the country.Rigz won his first poetry competition, the Delray Beach Grand Slam, in 2008. The win earned him a place on the Delray team as they competed in the National Poetry Slam Championship. Being turned on to the national poetry scene was a huge inspiration. Upon returning to South Florida, Reagan immediately went to work, forming his own poetry group, Chaos Theory, and performing in venues from Atlanta to Minnesota. In 2010, Rigz won his second Delray Poetry Grand Slam. In 2011, Rigz and Chaos Theory placed 2nd in the Southeastern Regional Poetry Slam. And in 2013, he was nominated for Slam Poet of the Year by the National Poetry Awards. In addition to countless poetry venues, Rigz has performed at a number of colleges and universities around the country, including the University of Miami, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Columbia College Chicago, St. Paul University, Duke, UW-Madison, and Johnson & Wales. He has been a featured artist on spoken word radio shows around the country including: Poetry Is…, Verbal Moxie, Inoculated Radio, Sounds From The Underground, PennSound Radio and The Hive. In 2012, Rigz released an album of poetry performed to original music, and is currently planning a nation-wide tour to support it. He lives in Miami where he splits his time between writing & performing poetry and his second artistic love: music production. A powerhouse on the stage, Rigz delivers an experience that resonates with audiences long after the show is over and the curtain closes.
Rachel Skye is an aerial performer, pole fitness instructor, choreographer and producer of Kinetic Poetry. She inherited the nickname “Daredevil” early on in her pole dance career for her fearlessness towards learning new tricks. She began pole dancing in January of 2009 and started teaching just four months later! She hails from a diverse background of step aerobics, gymnastics, kickboxing and extreme sports. Having a passion for dance and adrenaline all her life, pole dance seemed like the next best thing! And whether it’s jumping out of perfectly good airplanes or flipping upside down on street poles, she loves being up in the air! Rachel is a member of Cirque Manikk and the Polekatz Flyers. She performs regularly for special events and shows and was even featured on VH1 for her pole skills. In 2012, she choreographed a burlesque scene for the dark short film, “Princess Dancer.” Rachel has trained with some of the top pole dancers in the world and is currently opening up her own pole dance fitness studio, Studio Spin.
Soul Cry, who is otherwise known as J. Love Kearse, is a singer songwriter poet from York, PA where she resides with her spouse and four. The “love child” of a musical mother and literary father, she has been featured in numerous venues and slams across the east coast. She was awarded Poet of the Year for 2007 and 2008 at the Central PA Hip-Hop Awards. She currently has two CD’s to her credit entitled “Destiny’s Calling” and “The Love Chronicles” and released her first collection of poems entitled “Passing Bi” in July of 2013.
Ms. Kearse has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Yorktowne Business Institute, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University, and is a 2014 candidate to receive her Master’s of Business Administration from Easter University. She is also an amateur visual artist and an accomplished vocalist and songwriter.
Lea Sabol has always enjoyed different aspects of dance, having been trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap. She first developed an interested in pole dancing four years ago when she had the opportunity to see Felix Cane perform in Cirque Du Soleil while visiting Las Vegas. She was immediately fascinated and began pole dance classes under the instruction of Rhonda Chamberlain. Recently she was awarded first place in the 2013 Lehigh Valley Pole Fitness Competition in the Master Division. Lea is part of PoleKatz and is also an instructors at Sweat Like A Girl where she teaches pole fitness and chair dancing. Lea is a wife and mother and currently pursuing a nursing degree. She would like to thank everyone involved with Kinetic Poetry for this wonderful opportunity.
Troupe Hayati is a professional, multi award winning belly dance troupe known for delivering powerful, dynamic performances and their glamorous, couture costumes! They WON Best Troupe in the 2009 North East Belly Dance Competition as well as the Peoples Choice Award. Troupe Hayati also WON best troupe in the 2010 Belly Dance Nationals Competition as well as the Peoples Choice Award and the coveted Shimmylicious Award (the best troupe from all genres)