Breakin' Convention Harlem Apollo Artists
Here's a full line up of everyone at Breakin' Convention at the Apollo Theater Harlem - don't miss out - book now!
Jonzi D (UK) is the Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention and Jonzi D Projects. He has been actively involved in British hip hop culture, rapping and b-boying since its genesis in the early 80s. Since graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, he has been committed to the development of hip hop theatre and created Lyrikal Fearta in 1995 where he premiered Aeroplane Man. He was an Associate Artist at The Place Theatre and has developed and performed dance theatre pieces all over Europe, North America, Africa, and Australia. Recent works include TAG... Just Writing My Name and Markus The Sadist featuring Bashy.
MC Lyte (USA) is a lyricist, pioneer, icon, inspirational speaker, veteran, entrepreneur, and legend described as one of the most prolific and well-respected female hip hop artists of our time.
Whenever possible, she enjoys traveling across the nation to use her expertise and story of success to motivate others to take ownership of the world around them while striving to be the best they can possibly be.
She is the CEO of both Sunni Gyrl, Inc. and Hip Hop Sisters Foundation and the presiding President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy.
Boy Blue Entertainment (BBE)
Boy Blue Entertainment (UK) is an Olivier Award-winning hip hop dance company comprising of over 30 professional dancers and founded by choreographer Kenrick “H20” Sandy and composer Michael “Mikey J” Asante. 2012 saw BBE choreograph and create music for the major film All Stars, sell out their BBE: Touch performances in Hong Kong, and be featured in Jonzi D's Lyrikal Fearta Redux at Sadler’s Wells.
Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez
Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez (France/Germany) is a duet consisting of Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang. Ramirez is a self-taught dancer and choreographer, whose dancing is internationally renowned because of its bridge building between dance styles and cultures. Wang is academically trained in classic dance, developed her skills in hip hop and house styles, and works with contemporary choreographers such as Arco Renz and Constanza Macras.
Decadancetheatre (USA) has been redefining the image of women in hip hop since 2004 and represents a global vision of hip hop with an international roster of dancers.
They have toured across the USA, UK, and France, been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Dance Magazine, and won the Overall Excellence in Choreography Award at the 2011 FringeNYC Festival.
Dynamic Rockers (USA) is a renowned b-boy crew that was established in 1979 in Queens, New York.
They played an influential part in the global spread of b-boy culture, which began in 1981 with their legendary battle against the Rock Steady Crew in front of Lincoln Center.
The Dynamic Rockers’ technique of blending acrobatics, gymnastics, and traditional b-boy moves together has paved way for the modern b-boy style.
Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD)
Ephrat Asherie Dance (USA) was formed in 2011 by Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie to explore a new movement language that combines the rawness of underground styles such as breaking, house, hip hop, and vogue with more traditional forms of dance. In August 2013, EAD will be performing as part of Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Series and will continue developing its new work 3s Company.
The FootworKINGz (FWK)
The FootworKINGz (USA) is an all-star ensemble featuring Chicago’s top footworkers. It was founded in 2007 by Leida “Lady Sol” Villegas as a professional dance ensemble with a mission to garner global recognition of Chicago’s unique style of footwork. This style predominantly comprises of extremely energized lower body movement and evolved as a response to Chicago’s house and juke music scenes.
Frank Ejara - Discipulos do Ritmo Dance Company
Frank Ejara (Brazil) started his journey in hip hop culture in 1984 and in 1992 became a part of the first professional street dance company in Brazil, The DMC Tour, a project that involved 15 dancers, MCs, DJs, and fashion designers. In 1999, he created the Discípulos do Ritmo Dance Company, which has been touring worldwide since its inception.
In Da Clutch Dance Crew
In Da Clutch Dance Crew (USA) was established in 2009 by Kennith “Kendogg” Thomas. Since then, the crew has toured throughout middle and high schools in the tri-state area, won many competitions, and competed on Live to Dance. Clutch has also partnered with several crews such as Flomotion, Side Street, and Monster Squad and is a feature act on the Battle for Your Life: Street Dance Competition tour.
Jane Sekonya (South Africa) born and bred in Katlehong-Johannesburg, South Africa, began her career training at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation before gaining a scholarship at Ballet Rambert School of Dance in London. She fuses popular cultures by experimenting with the variables in ballet, kwaito, gumboot, krumping, and hip hop and contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, and traditional African dance to bring her unique style to audiences, artists, and venues around the world.
Kenrick “H20” Sandy
Kenrick "H20" Sandy (UK) is at the forefront of the UK hip hop dance scene as a dancer and choreographer. His choreography and performer credits are extensive and include national and international theatre, television, and film with acts such as Victoria Beckham, the Olivier Award-winning dance theatre production Pied Piper, So You Think You Can Dance UK, and most recently the "Thanks Tim" segment for the Summer 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
NextLevelSquad (USA) is a group of dancers from Brooklyn, New York who have won best group at Battlefest, an extreme street dance competition in New York, and worked with Madonna on a recent tour.
Project Soul Collective
Project Soul Collective (South Korea), also known as Project Korea, is an all-star cast and group made up of the top Korean b-boys and artists whose dancing skill palette includes house, bebop, popping, locking, and freestyle hip hop. The group was first put together in 2002 by the Cartel Creative B-Boy Agency in order to showcase to the world the incredible skills and talent of Korean b-boys.
Rennie Harris Puremovement
Rennie Harris Puremovement's (USA) work encompasses rich and diverse African American traditions while simultaneously presenting the voices of a new generation. The dance ensemble performs to sold out audiences at venues in the U.S.A., plans to continue to flourish beyond their 20th Anniversary Season, and are honored to have emerged as an international hip hop dance ambassador and surviving senior member in the world of organized hip hop dance theatre.
Storyboard P (USA) is a Brooklyn native from the flexing dance community. This maverick performance artist with his otherworldly “mutant” dance style received critical acclaim from dance writers and audiences alike for his performance at Breakin' Convention 2012.
The Wondertwins (USA) consist of identical twins Billy and Bobby McClain, who have garnered notable accomplishments including dancing in Bobby Brown’s Don’t Be Cruel USA/UK tour, winning Amateur Night at the Apollo six times, and appearing on television shows Good Day New York and Evening Magazine. Some more recent successes include performing at events like Uragano Dance Festival in Italy and Concepto Vimen Hip Hop Dance Championships in Mexico and acquiring a residency at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard for July 2013.
HIP HOP DANCE ICONS
Jorge FABEL Pabon was born and raised in NYC’s Spanish Harlem and at an early age he developed his dance and choreography career at hip hop jams and clubs throughout the city. Vice President of the Rock Steady Crew and an honorary member of the Electric Boogaloos, he is also the co-founder of GhettOriginal Productions Inc. His essays have been published in various books including Hip Hop Files and Total Chaos. Currently, he is working on three documentaries including Apache Line: From Gangs To Hip Hop and teaches dance and graffiti workshops in various dance studios, community-based organizations, and universities.
Caleaf Sellers began developing his talents at an early age as a Brooklyn, New York native and his love for dance and music has kept him in the business for 24 years. He is known for mixing hip hop and house to create his own unique dance style and being a member of the famed Moptop Unit and Dance Fusion.
As an emcee and producer, he has created music for several labels worldwide and tours the world teaching the art of house dancing through performances and lessons on movement foundation, technique, and history from an originator point of view.
Ken Swift is one of the greatest influences on b-boying and is credited with establishing movements that are critical to the dance’s foundation. He is an original member of the world-renowned Rock Steady Crew, which is the first group of b-boys to receive professional recognition from the media and their peers. In 2010, he was acknowledged as an “American Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts and received an American Masterpieces in Dance Award. Most recently in 2011, he was voted the 2nd Most Influential Dancer of the 20th Century by CNN’s Icon Series.
FREESTYLE FUNK FORUM
James “Cricket” Colter is world renowned as a respected, professional street dancer, well-versed visual artist (sequential art, children’s book illustrations, etc), and director. He is a founding member of Rennie Harris Puremovement and worked with the company for over 16 years. His own work includes teaching at hip hop festivals worldwide and being a featured dancer in television commercials and music videos. He believes that the boundaries of theater can be pushed by adding the urban, hip hop aesthetic and that through hip hop, complex stories can be told. To this end, he has recently founded his own company Crazy-Natives to actualize these viewpoints.
Soweto Kinch, award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC, is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both British jazz and hip hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades on both sides of the Atlantic including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two Urban Music Awards, and two MOBO Awards for Best Jazz Act. His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world, having supported the likes of KRS-One, Dwele, and TY and being championed by the likes of Mos Def and Rodney P.
DJ DP One is a DJ, b-boy, and even occasional emcee who puts an immense amount of effort into keeping hip hop moving in a positive direction. Besides spinning at clubs, private events, and b-boy jams around New York City as an active member of the Heavy Hitters and Turntable Anihilists, he has toured internationally with notable artists including Lauryn Hill and John Legend. His cuts and scratches have been featured on a multitude of tracks by artists such as Jadakiss and Immortal Technique. He has performed in two Broadway productions entitled Soular Power’d and NY Hip Hop Legends. (DJ DP One photograph by Joe Conzo)
DJ Reborn has been moving crowds for well over a decade with her mellifluous blend of funk, soul, disco, hip hop, reggae, house, Latin, Afrobeat, rock, electro, and more. She has built an amazing career spinning internationally in concert venues, clubs, and museums including the Sydney Opera House and Whitney Museum of American Art. She has spun exclusive parties for musical artists Metallica, Maxwell, and Lauryn Hill, celebrated visual artists Kara Walker and Wangheci Mutu, and fashion icons Donna Karan and Calvin Klein, among others. She continues to share her knowledge and skills as a lead instructor at Dubspot, New York’s premier DJing and music production school.
DJ Trauma has so much versatility that he cannot be typecast by any one particular genre. Since 1991, he has traveled internationally and played at exclusive venues. With classic soul music pulsing through his veins as a young child and later inspirations coming from iconic rock and hip hop eras, he developed the foundation to effortlessly blend musical genres that can please an entire crowd, no matter what the setting.
PANEL DISCUSSION & WORKSHOP
Kamilah Forbes is the Artistic Director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival and has produced and directed for over 12 years. She produced HBO’s Peabody Award-winning Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam for seven seasons and numerous live events for an array of performing arts institutions. Her Broadway credits include being the Associate Director for, among others, Lucky Guy, The Mountaintop, and Stickfly. She recently received the Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Women in Theater and is a member of the Leadership Board of the Women’s Project.
Michele Byrd-McPhee grew up during the emergence of hip hop culture and began dancing with local club and house dancers in area nightclubs. Being one of the few women dancing alongside groups of men, she became increasingly aware of the narrow opportunities for women in hip hop and as a response became the Founder and Executive Director of Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival, through which an elite group of female artists from around the world exhibit work, teach, and perform. Currently, she provides artist consulting, organization, and production management services and continues to be an advocate for both women hip hop dancers and the hip hop dance community.
Dr. Rennie Harris has been the CEO, choreographer and artistic director of hip hop dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement since 1992. As a pioneer in the performance, choreography, and teaching of hip hop dance, he has toured extensively both in the USA and abroad. He was voted one of the most influential people in the last one hundred years of Philadelphia’s history and has been compared to 20th century dance legends Alvin Ailey and Bob Fosse. He was also nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award and has been recently awarded the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
Full Circle Soul aka Full Circle Productions, founded in ’92 and established as a nonprofit in ’96, is embarking on another year of cutting-edge hip hop on local and international stages and streets. The company began as a duo comprised of Kwikstep and Rokafella and before long, it grew to include DJ and b-boy royalty, beatboxers, emcees, and dancers of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Film, theatrical pieces, and music comprise the eclectic mediums they employ to give back and replenish the cycles of growth in the community.
PART ONE is a veteran of the golden years of New York City subway painting and considered a style master in the graffiti world, specializing in his own brand of lettering, which he started to develop in 1974. From 1974-1985, he was one of the most accomplished artists on the New York City subway trains and is active today, painting both on canvas and on walls around the world.
SHAME125 aka Much 107 is a disciple of SKEME and began his graff career on the 6-line New York City subway train around 1983 with BRIM. During this period he would often collaborate with CEM, KENN, TKID, BIO, and LASE, who all executed an army of memorable cars that set the style standard of the day. He quit the trains in 1987 and some of the baddest cats in the game speak of him with extreme respect.
Dancing in the Streets has presented free and adventurous public performances in unexpected places such as grain terminals and airplane hangers for close to 30 years. Since 2011, the organization has been a Company-in-Residence at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in Hunts Point, Bronx. Their Breakin’ Convention performance is part of Hip Hop Generation Next, their series that celebrates the Bronx roots and global evolution of hip hop dance.
H20 Films – Martha Diaz is an award-winning community organizer, media producer, archivist, curator, social entrepreneur, and professor at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. For 20 years, she has been dedicated to advancing social justice and human rights, cultivating leaders and artists, and mentoring youth. In 2012, she became the first Hip-Hop Scholar-In-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
One9 is an award-winning multimedia artist, director, and producer. He has worked with Google, PBS, Viacom, Sony Music, and several non-profit organizations and been featured in numerous gallery shows and art books. Additionally, he co-created the 1st Annual Kings & Queens Chess Give with the Hip-Hop Association and International Grandmaster and first African American Chess champion Maurice Ashley.
Tickets: $15-38, $10 under 25s (in person only, must bring proof of age)
Two day discounts available!
Apollo Presents: Breakin' Convention Panel Discussion
Thu June 13
Panelists include Jonzi D, Michele Byrd-McPhee, Jorge Fabel Pabon, and Dr. Rennie Harris. Moderated by Kamilah Forbes - at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
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Free family workshops
Full Circle Productions will present two, 90-minute hip hop dance workshops for families on the Apollo's Soundstage covering uprock, locking, breaking and popping.
Limited spaces - register here!
Uptown Gets Down
Fri, Sat & Sun, June 14, 15 & 16 at 5PM
Under the iconic Apollo Marquee with DJ Boogie Blind - free to the public. Grab your dance shoes and bring a friend!