Redefining L.A. Hip Hop Culture Through Dance

Antics Performance presents most talented Los Angeles street dance choreographers at Juice Hip Hop Dance Festival, Oct. 4

Published on LatinoLA: September 25, 2008

Redefining L.A. Hip Hop Culture Through Dance

The JUiCE HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL brings together the most talented Los Angeles street dance choreographers in a progressive dance production displaying cutting edge Hip-Hop dance and culture. This explosive street dance event will showcase "the local hip-hop community in all its multifaceted athleticism..." (Lewis Segal, L.A. Times) set to a backdrop of boogie down beats at the Ford Amphitheatre on October 4 at 8pm.

Artistic Directors Amy "Catfox" Campion and Jacob "Kujo" Lyons bring together the freshest street dance choreographers from across Los Angeles to display the cutting edge of Hip-Hop dance and culture. The JUiCE HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL celebrates creativity and innovation and the raw, dynamic intensity of urban and street dance.

"We take the audience straight to the source of street dance and hip hop culture with DJ's, live music, live graffiti art, and the best hip hop dancers from Los Angeles," says Amy "Catfox" Campion, Artistic Director.

The JUiCE HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL features the talents of DJ Orator from KPFK's Divine Forces Radio and MC TOQUON of Soul Elevation, Antics Performance, Get Down Dolls, Lux Aeterna, Outer Circle, West Bound, and a dance film by Alexander "Journey" Mercado. The FESTIVAL features a full evening of Hip-Hop culture for the whole family including pre-show dance music by DJ Orator and MC TOQUON, live graffiti painting by J.U.i.C.E. artists, and a Hip-Hop shop and marketplace.

The JUiCE HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL is also redefining the image of women in hip hop culuture, by providing an outlet for strong, skilled female street dancers to showcase their artistry. Featured female street dancers include: classically trained and former Regina Klenjoski Dance Company member Marissa Labog who is the Director of the breaking group One Step Ahead; Jolieba Jackson who has trained with such Hip-Hop legends as Popin Pete & Suga Pop from the dance film "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" and has been featured in National campaigns for Apple iPod, Nike, Puma & Sketchers; and teacher, choreographer and member of Outer Circle dance crew Peipei Yuan aka "BGirl Peppa," founder of a program called B.A.D. (breakers against drugs).

"Those women who stick with this art form; who make sweaty sports bras and sneakers terribly sexy; who learn from and challenge the B Boys - those women are over-achievers simply because it takes a bit more imagination for a woman to see her potential as a bgirl than it does for a guy," says Campion. "We are manifesting a new possibility for women, a new path, a new beautiful, acceptable, exciting, form of self-expression."

Street Dance is an umbrella term used to describe dance styles (popping, locking, breaking, house dance, krumping, hip-hop, etc.) that evolved outside of dance studios in everyday spaces such as streets, schoolyards and nightclubs since the 1970's. They are often improvisational and social in nature, with roots in African American and Latino culture and each style is frequently associated with a specific genre of music.

JUiCE HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL is produced by Antics Performance and J.U.i.C.E. (Justice Uniting in Creative Energy), a non-profit community youth organization focused on youth empowerment and education through the hip hop arts.

J.U.i.C.E offers a solution to the root causes of juvenile crime by providing LA youth a safe center run by and for young people focused on skill building in the arts of Hip-Hop culture. J.U.i.C.E. features a weekly hip hop arts program that seeks to develop youth leadership and technical skills, creative expression and self-confidence through the artistic elements of hip hop which include breakdancing, urban art, deejaying, emceeing/spoken word and music recording. J.U.i.C.E aims at further developing their mission of youth empowerment by providing a venue for groundbreaking urban dance performances ÔÇô the JUiCE HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL.

ANTICS PERFORMANCE is a Hip-Hop dance/theater company under the direction of Amy "Catfox" Campion. The troupe creates multi-media urban dance performances that combine breakdancing, locking, popping, Capoeira, DJ's, spoken word, theater and film. Antics Performance is committed to innovating the realm of Hip-Hop and participating in community outreach through residencies, workshops and lecture/demonstrations.

The JUiCE HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL is one night only Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $5 for students and children and $25 for adults. For tickets, log on to www.FordTheatres.org or call the Ford Box Office at 323 GO 1-FORD (461-3673). For more information go to: www.AnticsPerformance.com

The $5 tickets for students and children are made possible thanks to a grant from Target, sponsor of Target Dance Series at the Ford. Target strives to make the arts affordable and accessible to youth and families because the arts help foster an appreciation and understanding of various cultures and points of view.

The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.

On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the "kiss and ride" area.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2008 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to www.FordTheatres.org.

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