BCAI Cultural Arts and Humanities

formerly BCAI School of Arts


promotional graphic for performance team breaking down the 3 summer sessions, top 1/3 is a still from a performance with multiple dancers syncopated in a move with the right knee in the air, contains SIPT logo and breakdance team logomulti-level, multi-faceted, professional training: performance, dance, choreography/er, etc

Bloomington-Normal community’s ONLY Hip Hop-centric performance teams are accepting new members this year!

The Step Inn Performance Team and the BCAI Breakin Team are both open for interested beings that have the cognitive maturity to learn and exhibit teamwork.

Freestyle, choreography, technique, leadership, professionalism, and more – high-level, high-quality training with as much freedom as necessary to explore your own performance gifts as an individual and as a teammate.  With a focus on hip hop, lyrical, lyrical hip hop, and Afrikan styles, you’ll have a platform for your skills to push your limits.

Next session: August 19 – September 30

Sessions are held at our BCAI-CAH studio @
107 E Chestnut St, Ste 100, Bloomington, IL

[Side note] YES, you absolutely can thrive on a performance team as an introvert. We’ve more than proved that time and again because everyone who joins brings an entirely brand new combination of life experience, imagination access, and skills that we let breathe and exist.


stage performance, 2 teenagers on stage, 2 jumping off stage, 2 on the floor in front of stage squatted down, dance performance Yasimine Hamilton, melanated female in all black dancing, lunging, doing choreography for a music video

Bgirl India freestyle dancing in a hip hop street cypher, wearing  khaki pants, white graphic tshirt, in transition formation with leg out

… current & upcoming sessions …

Silverback Apparel will be printing the 2nd round of our REVOLUTION t-shirt starting Tuesday, September 5. 

Designed by Oesfreelancing Graphic Design and BCAI-CAH, the 5 REVOLUTIONs stacked on the front represent various references and calls-to-action including, but not limited to:

  • Afrikan and Indigenous
  • Palestine
  • All Melanated experiences and journeys
  • Pride voices and journeys
  • Mexico and Chicano
  • Puerto Rico
  • USA

The shirt also features the Silverback, Oesfreelancing, and BCAI-CAH logos on the top center back.

Shirts are $20
Orders and payment due by Monday, September 4, 7pm

Payment methods:

  • Venmo @ BCAICAH
  • Paypal: (add $2 to cover fee)
  • Cash or check brought to either:
    • Silverback Apparel [705 N East St #2, Bloomington], or
    • BCAI Cultural Arts & Humanities [107 E Chestnut St Ste 100, Bloomington]
      Please only bring cash or checks during operating hours

All orders are pick-up only

If you have questions, call or text:
BCAI-CAH: 309-532-4272
Silverback: 309-287-1873

BCAI fall classes 2022

BCAI-CAH class line-up by age

3-6 yr old:

FRIDAYS: 5-5:45p Co-creation – dance, obstacle courses

7-17 yr old:

TUESDAYS: 5:30-630p Martial Arts (Hapkido, Hosinsul)

WEDNESDAYS: 5:30-7p Breakin Team (Breakdance)

FRIDAYS: 6-7:30p Co-creation Dance

THURSDAYS/SATURDAYS: 5-7p/12-2p Step Inn Performance Team

  • Assistance available for situational necessity

BCAI-CAH YouTube  | Programs page


A Word from our Executive Director

“As a visionary, the vision never really belongs to me. I knew from the second it burst inside my mind that it was going to be bigger than my own existence. BCAI is the necessary ‘vehicle’ to destroying destructive cycles in this world such as violence, sexual abuse, victimization, racism, poverty etc.

My ‘why’ is when a parent comes to me in tears because their child is making friends, fearlessly freestyling in a cypher, or exuding confidence in other ways all for the first time.

My ‘why’ is when I humbly am allowed to watch a student go from fear to resilience; from self-loathing and sabotage to working on these ‘new’ superpowers they find within themselves. The looks on their faces, the fierce courage increasing and the family dynamics improving – all of this is why I work long hours for them, why I am adamant about protecting our familial village existence and why I will never retreat.

BCAI is not a building; it is a family and a legacy. Unconditional love and resilience training.

Thank you to everyone who has believed, still believes, and will never stop actively believing and investing in our vision and mission. You do not go unseen.”

– Angelique Rački

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Studio: 107 E Chestnut St #100, Bloomington, IL 61701

Mailing Address: PO Box 3352, Bloomington, IL 61702-3352

Telephone: (309) 532-4272

Email: BreakingChains116@gmail.com

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