History of Urban Street Dance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers

January 29, 2013                                                         (415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org


History of Urban Street Dance

Black History Month Celebratio, Feb. 5 and 6

Children, tweens and teens are invited to celebrate Black History Month by learning the story of various styles of urban street dance at the Richmond and Merced branch libraries. Whether it be the ballet-esque glides of Jook dancing from Memphis, the emotionally expressive storytelling mime-like moves of Turf dancing from Oakland, or the aggressively convulsive theatrics of Krump dancing from Los Angeles, these styles of vernacular dance have emerged from a street dance tradition rooted in the African American heritage of funk and hip hop culture and have become a multicultural phenomenon.

History of Urban Street Dance

February 5, 4:30 p.m.
Richmond Branch Library
351 9th Ave., San Francisco

February 6, 4:30 p.m.
Merced Branch Library
155 Winston Drive, San Francisco

Sergio Suarez of All the Way Live Foundation will impart his knowledge of street dance history. Each event  also will feature dance demonstrations by Beatz n Pieces, Agatron, Fluidgirl, and Too Wet. Beatz N Pieces has performed breakdance locally and globally, earning numerous championship titles. Agatha “Agatron” Rupniewski is a veteran popper/robot/mime who has performed with Bay Area stepping Crew “the Robonati.” She put together the first local all female street dance battle and showcase. Her street dance classes feature popping, robotting, tutting, waving, and fancy footwork. Too Wet has been street performing for over 10 years and teaches gospel mime dance at churches. Fluidgirl dances with Medea Sirkas, the legendary San Francisco/Oakland based pioneers of strutting, boogaloo, and the Fillmore dance styles.

This program is for ages 7-18. All programs at the Library are fee.

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