Nadia Espiritu started her artistic education as a singer, yet finally she opted for dance. She made her first contact with hip-hop culture in 1992, during a prolonged visit to the United States. Six years later she started her own adventure with Urban Dance, becoming an expert in many styles, including hip-hop, soul dance, punkin’, wackin’, electric boogaloo, lockin’, poppin’, and house.
Since 2003, she has taught at TanzhausNRW (the House of Dance of the North Rhine Westphalia) in Düsseldorf, one of Germany’s prime dance centres. She works as a choreography teacher, running numerous courses and workshops in Germany, Austria, the UK, China and Japan. As a member of Dance Unity, she co-organises Germany’s largest Hip-Hop Battle Events. Furthermore, Nadia works on an array of youth projects, including the introduction of hip-hop dance classes to schools and has recently turned towards solo performances. In 2010, she worked as a dramaturgist on the Red Bull Flying Bach production awarded with the prestigious Echo Klassik. Most recently, she choreographed Die Schneekönigin (The Snow Queen), a production for the Friedrichstadt-Palast (Berlin).
The choreographer Takao Baba and the Urban Dance Battles Funkin’Stylez he organised inspired her to become a dancer. The “battles” are hip-hop competitions that frequently also admit other styles counted among the so-called Urban Dance Styles. Nadia first participated in an international hip-hop battle in 2004, and already in 2006 won the title of Funkin’Stylez World Champion Team.
This is not the first time that Nadia is part of a jury: she has done it already in competitions, dance programmes, hip-hop battles and duels in Germany, the Netherlands and the Philippines.