Meet the 2024 Engaging Atlanta Fellows!

PhaeMonae she/they, originating from Washington D.C. and P.G. County Maryland transported to Atl in 2015, propelling them to follow their dreams. PhaeMonae has worked with organizations like Gloatl, Core Dance, T. Lang dance, as a performance artist throughout their career. She has since become a wearable art design and sculpture artist. PhaeMonae is the current recipient for Art on the Beltline Arts and Culture “Beltline After Dark” series. PhaeMonae and team will create an artwork embodying the intersection of hip-hops emergence and the lifespan of the Cicada through dance, sound, sculpture and fashion. PhaeMonae and Lev Omelchenko created a dance on film “Free Noir Papillon” that explores the relationship of PhaeMonae as a black woman birthing a black boy in the midst of a pandemic and civil unrest. The FNP  film has been featured in over 10 film festivals including “Atlanta Film Festival” , “Cucalorus Film Fest” , “Miami Shorts”, “Brooklyn Film Festival” , “Nitehawk Shorts”,  and “Sidewalk film festival” just to name a few. PhaeMonae has created a financial landscape for herself in Atlanta by costuming dance works for film and stage like Beacon Dance “A piece : Through the sense,” Anicka Austin and Sierra Kings’ work “Untitled,” Millie Heckler’s dance for film ” Pink Booth Confessions,” and Anicka Austins work ” Birth of Pleasure.” This spring PhaeMonae will premiere new work in Madison Lee’s thesis dance entitled “soft underbelly” for Emory University and Meaghan Novoa’s work presented by A&E and The Mayor’s office of Cultural Affairs entitled “In This House”. In May of 2024 PhaeMonae will create a Sculpture as part of a sculpture garden led by Ptar Flamming entitled “Summer Pantheon” at the Underground ATL funded by A&E. As well as original costuming for Millie Hecklers new work “Subtle Rage” premiering in Vermont May of 2024. They love to explore multiple mediums that feel transcendent of their personal experiences and uses creative layering as an impetus to promote growth and change. Their work explores dream landscapes as a research tool to spark jovial inspiration encouraging folks to be their most authentic hopeful selves. Knowledge is power and PhaeMonae fully understands the community responsibility to educate ourselves on all the nuances that life has to offer.


FyreNation Crew is an Atlanta-based, internationally known dance crew co-founded by professional Street Dancers and instructors Anthony “Fyrefli” Gasaway, Jr., and Joy “Kuma” Gasaway. They teach classes and workshops in various dance programs in Atlanta. Joy also created the event series and outreach known as WeOnFyre Cypher, which provides a free, monthly public safe space that travels and is family friendly, and open for creatives, entrepreneur minds and community supporters to mingle, fellowship, network and utilize the resources provided by the community to help others turn their dreams into sustainable careers worldwide. FyreNation Crew has international chapters in the Philippines as well as in Africa, with representatives in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Japan and Germany. Each chapter is dedicated to creating long-lasting positive changes, establishing infrastructure and creating a more cohesive international network for artists and creatives of all ages and walks to live off of their passions successfully, meanwhile promoting the virtues and values of true HipHop Culture–love, peace, unity, having fun, positivity, prosperity and entrepreneurship.

@fyrenationcrew @_kumaofficial_ @fyrefli.il3git

Angelita Itzanami is a multifaceted artist, whose work is focused on mediums exploring movement. Angelita is the director and founder of contemporary dance company, SOMOS. Most recently, she lived in Madrid, Spain dancing with Descalzinha Danza. She has returned and resides in Atlanta, GA.

Angelita received her BA in Dance with a concentration in Ballet at Kennesaw State University with Magna Cum Laude. She has training in ballet, modern, gaga, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater, and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. She has worked with various choreographers including Ido Gidron, Annalee Traylor, Thang Dao, Sean Nguyen Hilton, Lisa K. Lock and Cherrise Wakeham. Angelita has trained under Ben Green, Billy Barry and Kyle Scheurich at the GagaLab NYC and with Claudia LaVista, Kimani Fowlin, Shura Baryshnikov, Maree ReMalia and Rosy Simas at Bates Dance Festival where she attended as a scholarship recipient.

She has choreographed and directed films presented in various dance festivals in Atlanta, including Fall for Fall Dance Festival, Distance Disco and Mixtape hosted by Zoetic. Most recently Angelita has produced, choreographed, directed, and danced in two evening-length concerts produced by her company SOMOS. Angelita’s film, hear me, I have nothing to say, represented Kennesaw State University at the American Dance College Association and presented in la nuit des idees sponsored by the French Institute, this film also received an Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research Grant. Angelita received the Pomare-Connor Memorial Endowed Fund for Dance, Choreographic Recognition Award and Outstanding Senior from Kennesaw State University.

Angelita has taught at Elite Studios for 5 years and spent a year as Assistant Studio manager, she also taught at Duet Dance Academy for two seasons. As a Mexican American artist, Angelita is ecstatic to share her passion for dance and culture at Los Niños Primero teaching dance.  

Within her experiences as a Latina artist, she has seen the need to bring more opportunity and community within students who have bicultural identities. It is important to Angelita to have diverse representation, equitable opportunities, and connection to one’s roots. Angelita dreams of sharing her passion for dance and culture by continuing to develop her dance company, SOMOS and eventually open a youth program where all will have a safe space to explore and create movement while developing technique and discipline to achieve their goals.

@somosdanceco @angelita.itzanami