Celebrate the multitude of street dance movements emerging from New York City and beyond with Motion/Matter: Street Dance Festival, featuring legendary DJs, epic battles, and concert dance premieres.
Get ready to feel the rush of adrenaline as leading dancers invited from the NYC Club Scene and beyond compete for a cash grand prize in the Motion/Matter: All-Styles Dance Battle. Competitors will go toe-to-toe demonstrating a wide range of street dance styles chosen by the Battle DJ including Breaking, Waacking, Locking, Voguing and more. The champion will be determined by a panel of guest judges including Rennie Harris, Princess Lockerooo, Ken Swift, and Omari Wiles. Motion/Matter: All-Styles Dance Battle is more than a competition — it’s a celebration of passion, a testament to dedication, and a showcase of the transformative power of street dance.
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Rennie Harris is a renowned choreographer known for his groundbreaking work in bringing social dances to the concert stage. He is credited with coining the term “Street Dance Theater” and has been instrumental in setting works on ballet-based companies such as Ballet Memphis, Colorado Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among others.
Princess Lockerooo is a visionary in the dance industry, with a reputation for excellence in producing, public speaking, event curation, directing, and choreography. She is a Bessie award-winning Breakout Choreographer and a nominee for Sustained Achievement as a fellow of the RSA. Princess is also the founder of The Fabulous Waack Dancers, a dance company, and the Waack dancer training program, showcasing her commitment to preserving the legacy of Waacking.
Ken Swift is one of the greatest influences the dance of Breaking has known and is credited with establishing movements critical to the dances’ foundation with his personal style and techniques. He is recognized worldwide for his continued contributions throughout the last 44 years of promoting, educating and preserving the art form of Breaking and Hip Hop culture. Ken is an original 2nd generation B.Boy from NYC and Former Vice President of the world renowned Rock Steady Crew (RSC) who were featured in the first Hip-Hop documentary film “Style Wars”, the first Hip-Hop motion picture “Wild Style” (1983), and major motion pictures “Flashdance” (1983) and “Beat Street” (1984), including the first International Hip Hop Tour, “New York City Rap” (1982).