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Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Nov 29, 2003 1:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Dolla Jams give freestyle a home

The Miami Herlad

In a way, the call that came over the police radio was typical of what hip-hop enthusiasts experience frequently.

The complaint: a group of suspicious juveniles causing trouble in the parking lot of a North Miami strip mall.


Had I known then, I would have suggested that the barbershop kids check out a Dolla Jam.

Perhaps more than anywhere locally, the Dolla Jams thrown by Miami's Hip-Hop Elements crew has become a vibrant outlet for up-and-coming independent artists, corner MCs and limb-twisting breakers.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Two articles about Hip-Hop in China:

Dancers break new ground
From China Daily

On a warm sunlit Sunday afternoon, a group of boys and girls danced among the cheering crowd at Xidan Square in downtown Beijing.

Wearing over-sized T-shirts, ragged jeans, baseball caps, bright headgears or exaggeratedly dyed hair, they were locking, popping, waving, balancing... while the crowd applauded and screamed at their stunts.

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Dancing in the street
By Xiao Changyan for China Daily

Hip Chinese youngsters are turning in ever greater numbers to various forms of street dance.

Influenced by their counterparts in the West and, more recently, South Korea, the funky dance style is also reflected in an upsurge of advertising and the sweeping popularity of hip hop music in urban centres like Beijing.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Feb 07, 2004 1:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Alive: Hip-hop works a Salsa revolution
The style, sound and expression of black urban America is overtaking Latin American dance as Scotland’s latest fitness craze. By Tim Abrahams for The Times

Keep it real. Three little words that represent the promise made by hip-hop artists to the grounding principles of their music, keeping it real to their roots in an impoverished, predominantly black urban America.

Keeping it real is a sobering notion in a luxuriously panelled dance studio full of white twenty-something women wearing their keep-fit clothes.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Sun Feb 22, 2004 8:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

They might be Monsters of HipHop: Dancers get a look from pros

The Seattle Times
February 22, 2004

She has flown here for the weekend from Tallahassee, Fla., and paid $175 to dance and maybe somehow — among 300 others — be noticed by the big-time choreographers of "Monsters of HipHop," a traveling company that teaches and scouts for talent.

Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Apr 10, 2004 9:20 am ]
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Award-winning Chico hip-hop dancers to perform in annual repertory concert

Special to The Buzz via Yahoo
April 8, 2004

After that it's the intensity - the concentration - showing on the face of all of the dancers as they go round and round rehearsing their performance for the upcoming "Keeping Dance Alive" repertory concert, to be staged April 16-18 at Chico State University's Laxson Auditorium.

Author:  Diana [ Sun Jun 20, 2004 10:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

From the San Jose Mercury News,

South Bay event to celebrate hip-hop culture, dancing
Davey D
This week, we want to give major props to longtime San Jose B-boy Kenny May of the Funklab.
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Dec 11, 2004 5:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Hip-Hop!

Hip Hop Hurrah

Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón has been a veteran of Hip Hop and leading B-Boy since the late 1970’s. His Rock Steady Crew own the most recognisable name in the world of b-boying, often, inaccurately, referred to as break-dancing. Reporting on the PS2 B-Boy Championships Folu Merriman-Johnson for Dance Today! caught up with him.

Take a trip down music’s memory lane. Along the route of modern R’n’B, bypass pop music; take the detour past dance and trance. Motor past heavy metal, but if you hit Rock and Roll then you may have gone too far.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:36 am ]
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'4-ISH': Flying, Flopping, Leaping, Always Clownishly Human
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

A wiry little guy wanders onto the stage at the start of "4-ISH," the New York debut show by the Dutch hip-hop and extreme sports group ISH. His spiky dreadlocks and slouching clothes suggest he is a hipster, but really he is one of life's cheerfully knowing clowns. Played by Marco Gerris, who founded ISH in 1999 and is its artistic director, the character plops to the floor and is surprised to discover his legs are forming a yoga position.

published: June 5, 2006

Author:  ncgnet [ Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:43 am ]
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A book review from Adam Mansbach in the Boston Globe:
Dancing around white America’s embrace of hip-hop

Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America, By Jason Tanz, Bloomsbury, 288 pp., $24.95

Tanz, an editor at Fortune Small Business, toggles between personal reminiscence (the tortured relationship between his whiteness and his love of hip-hop serves as both a point of entry and a leitmotif), punditry, and quite capable journalism.
Tanz’s prose is lively, and he situates his subjects aptly within the larger context of hip-hop’s history, but his insights are seldom striking.


Author:  LMCtech [ Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:54 pm ]
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From the San Francisco Chronicle.


Hip-hop's new man
Rachel Howard

Sunday, June 17, 2007

There's little room for shyness in a sweat-steamy studio at the Embarcadero YMCA, where a Freeplay Dance Crew rehearsal bumps and grinds into the night. But when the time comes to whip off his shirt, director Josh Klipp gets tentative.

"I'm finally going to lose these love handles," he jokes, with his hands poised haltingly on the hem of his tank top. He starts to peel the shirt, lowers it again, smiles. "This is a big step for me."

"We're here for you, Josh," one of his dancers calls out.


Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:26 am ]
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From Dave Wedge in the Boston Herald:
Break dancing is alive and well at Boston Olympics
More than two decades have passed since break dancing burst into the living rooms of mainstream America, only to be just as quickly dismissed as a fad.

But boom bap beats and limb-bending body-rocking have never stopped, a fact that will be on full display this weekend when breakers from around the globe descend on South Boston for the fifth annual B-Boy Olympics.


Author:  ncgnet [ Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:52 am ]
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A movie review from Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe:
Dancing warriors move to world beat
I’m not a huge fan of war. But if I have to watch a bunch of countries fighting, hands down, my preferred brand of combat is the hip-hop-dance battle. It’s like one ferociously choreographed dance in an NFL end zone, only here both teams act like they just scored a touchdown. Everybody’s cocky. Everybody’s keyed up. .... The battles in Benson Lee’s documentary “Planet B-Boy” are exceptional.


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