Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Weekend Pick- July 16/17

My weekend pick this week is the
Fourth Dimension: The Hip Hop World of DCypher. DCypher Dance is the resident arts company of Joy of Motion Dance Center (@JOMDC), a prominent dance institution in the DC metro area. And this weekend's performance is the final, full-length performance of their 2009/2010 season.

The performance is Saturday at 8pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. (Looking to make a full night of it? Go to the show and then check out Little Miss Whiskey's, the Star and the Shamrock, the H Street Country Club or any of the other awesome bars in this blossoming neighborhood).

The performance features new works of hip hop, fusion and "culture specific" pieces by Jason Anderson, Juliana Calderon, Tony Czar , Nikki R. Gambhir, Maurice Johnson, and Aysha Upchurch. The write up also promises special guest performances by Grammy-nominated Christylez Bacon, GnC Dance Crew and Urban Impact.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

National Dance Day

For anyone who is not watching So You Think You Can Dance tonight, Nigel just announced that Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC's representative in the United States House of Representatives, is introducing a bill to make July 31st "National Dance Day."

National Dance Day will promote health and wellness through dance and will even feature a flash mob in DC's Malcom X Park.

Stay tuned for more details! Share your own plans for celebrating National Dance Day here.

Weekend Pick- July 9/10

Did you know that this week was the 9th annual DC Hip Hop Theatre Festival?

If I were in town this weekend, I would definitely be checking out the remaining shows. In fact, my Weekend Pick this week is the "Freshest of All Time" performance on Saturday at the Columbia Heights Youth Club.

This B-Boy battle will feature two-on-two, b-girl, popping and locking, and a small fry competition. It sounds pretty epic to me and the best part-- it lasts for six hours so you can enjoy at your leisure.

If you even remotely liked America's Best Dance Crew, you should definitely make your way to Columbia Heights on Saturday afternoon for this show.

Capital Fringe Festival

The 2010 Capital Fringe Festival begins tonight and lasts until July 25. The Fringe Festival (@CapitalFringe) was founded in summer 2005 with "the purpose of infusing energy into performing arts in the Washington DC region."

The Fringe Festival is known for attracting non-traditional audiences and for exposing people to local artists. There are a number of dance performances during the Festival. Some of the performances are free (who doesn't love free?) and most individual show tickets are $15. If you're really into Capital Fringe, you can buy a pass to the shows.

My suggestion: Make the most of the next two weeks, embrace the unusual and support Capital Fringe!

New DC Dance Studio

Kelly over at WelcomeOmDC had a great post this week about the BTI Dance Institute, coming soon to Logan Circle.

The BTI Dance Institute (@BTIdance) is going to offer adult classes in everything from classical ballet and modern dance to salsa and body conditioning. Apparently they will also have a nonprofit dance company headquartered in DC and a youth dance training program.

I need to get back into the studio again (it's been a month!) so I will definitely be checking out BTI once they're up and running. As many of you know, this girl doesn't like to leave the District. So I am absolutely psyched about this new dance studio.

Cheers and best of luck to the BTI Dance Institute. This city needs more dance!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Weekend Pick- July 2/3

Looking for a good place to cut a rug this weekend? My weekend pick is a dance party. Whether you throw your own or go out on the town, it's America's birthday weekend so let loose and have a little fun.

Tonight, head over to the U Street Music Hall, a DJ-owned and operated basement dance club and live music venue. They have a 1,200 square foot cork-cushioned dance floor to keep you dancing comfortably all night long and I've been told enough bass to move the hair on your head. Tonight's dance party is free if you RSVP on Facebook or there is a $10 cover at the door. The party starts at 10pm and DJs LAZARO CASANOVA, Soviet Panda and Meistro will be playing until close. Added bonus? I'll be there.

Tomorrow, check out MASS APPEAL and resident DJ AutoRock at the Rock & Roll Hotel. MASS APPEAL is billed as "Hip-hop party jams, indie anthems, dance-punk, guilty pleasures, electronic beats and hard-hitting funk." The show, which is upstairs at the R&R Hotel, is free and starts at 9:30. You can't beat it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Passion for Dancing is Ageless