Meet our founder
Tulani Janae found her love for dance and performing arts at the early age of 8. She began dancing at a local ballet studio for foundational training, which did not last long.
Just one year later she discovered Hip-Hop is where she felt the most passionate. Joining Culture Shock DC, as part of their youth team, she began to flourish and develop her love for street styles. Throughout her time with the Culture Shock DC family, Tulani developed the skills to effectively teach aspiring dancers and choreograph dance pieces.
For the past six years, she has been teaching at various workshops and studios in the DMV area as well as curating her own creative projects. Some of these include: Shell Shock DC, Elements Urban Arts Collective, Capital Funk, and B. Funk Dance Co.
After spending a long time away from dance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tulani felt disconnected and lacked a desire to engage in the art form she loved so much. One step she took was to participate in The MAJ Program offered by Andye J which focused on professional dance training and personal coaching. Upon completion of this 4-week program, Tulani was inspired and motivated to develop and provide opportunities for people in her own community.
This was the beginning of the VESSEL idea. With the help of family and friends the organization was established and hosted its first event on June 25 and 26, 2021 featuring Candace Brown, Justin Conte, Bo Park, Christina Camacho, and Ty Newby. In January 2022, VESSEL, INC. was established as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization with Tulani Janae serving as its Chief Executive Officer.