Leida “LADY SOL” Garcia is a street dance professional from Chicago globally recognized as a Dance Director, Producer, Manager, and Educator. Lady Sol’s professional credits include work on MTV, BET, UPN, NBC, and WGN, alongside music super-stars Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Ini Kamoze, Lauryn Hill, Bounty Killa, Rayvon, Blackstreet, Baby Cham, Patra, Heavy D. and many more. Leida’s career highlights include the creative direction and development of Chicago’s internationally recognized, FootworKINGz. FWK specializes in Chicago’s unique style of speedy lower body “footwork.” FWK has appeared on Verizon Wireless and Nike commercials under the direction of famed choreographer Fatima Robinson. They have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Red Bulletin, NBC News, and cover stories in Chicago’s Tribune & Red Eye papers. Various FWK members toured on Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” World Tour 08-09 and appeared with Will.I.Am on the Teen Choice Awards 2011. FWK is presently featured in Maejor Ali’s (feat. Justin Bieber) “Lolly,” C2C’s “Happy,” Willow Smith’s (feat. Nicki Minaj) “Fireball” and Trina’s “Long Heels” music videos. Other FWK credits include VH1-Honors with Missy Elliott, Ellen’s “Really Big Show” in Vegas (TBS), Cedric the Entertainer’s Urban Circus (TBS), Top 10 on “America’s Got Talent,” and MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Lady Sol is the Executive Producer & Assistant Director of the independently released FootworKINGz “Take Flight” DVD, the 1st footwork & Juke music culture directed by Helton “Brazil” Siquiera. The DVD also released in Japan and has been sold on FWK’s European Tours at Juste Debout in Paris, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Oslo, and London. Lady Sol is a also a Co-Founder of Kuumba Lynx, Chicago’s pioneering arts education non- profit organization that empowers young people through the cultivation of Hip-Hop arts. In 2013, she produced “Braid Tales” Kuumba Lynx’ new urban theater production hosted at Governor’s State University’s Performing Arts Center. Other Lady Sol productions include numerous dance showcases and competitions such as “Dance Down to Chris Brown” at UIC Pavilion, Navy Pier’s New Years Eve Celebrations (‘09-’11), and Brave New Voices “So Fresh & So Green Festival, Chicago.” Lady Sol is presently directing and producing a new FootworKINGz theatrical production that fuses sound, movement and Chicago narratives. This new work will premiere at the 1st Theater International Festival, “One Mic” in DC, April 2014. “Culture, dance and storytelling motivate me. I would like the outcome of my efforts to focus on inviting global audiences to feel, share, and engage through performances, dialogue and workshops,” says the passionate Latina.