WHAT'S POPPIN' LADIEZ?;! SHOWCASE
Q: What is WHAT'S POPPIN' LADIEZ?;!
A: WHAT'S POPPIN LADIEZ?;! is both an ethnographic research project and event series exploring the female popping experience, challenges they face and how they navigate and create solutions for those challenges. WPL?;! celebrates female poppers through a series of showcases, masterclasses, workshops and dance battles. 7 female poppers are being flown to Seattle as battle guests for the first ever female popping jam. The presence of national and international dancers will help cultivate and nurture the underground Seettle hip hop dance scene. On May 15th these 7 female poppers (+ one from the wildcard battle) : Sumi, Dassy, Dora Pop, Android, LadyBeast, My-Linh Le, and Missy Boogaloo Soo will be going toe-to-toe in a 7toSmoke styled battle for a chance at $;500 . A 1 versus 1 openstyles, meaning open to any style/gender battle, will also take place with the prize being set at $;250. Two female poppers will also be judging the battle: Agatron from the Bay Area and Angyil McNeal from Kansas City.
Q: When is the Showcase?;
A: May 14th, WPL?;! will be hosting a showcase of women poppers and female dancers from around the nation: IRON LOTUS, The CRUW, Karma Kana, Angyil McNeal, Sumi and UpJump. WPL?;! is a platform for female poppers to speak their own stories ,create community with each other while challenging ";high art"; dance hierarchies.
Q: Where is the showcase?;
A: Moksha in UDistrict
4542 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
The Line Up:
:: ANGYIL MCNEAL ::
Angela McNeal was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Paseo Academy Fine and Performing Arts school in Kansas, Missouri. Angela graduated a year early to pursue her professional dance career, and made the big move to NEW YORK. Angyil is signed to Bloc NYC talent agency. Angyil booked her first job dancing in a lookbook for the designer Rachel Roy which was displayed in NYC taxis. You can see Angyil featured in Adidas commercials, music videos for Naughty by Nature, and Kris Kaliko strange music.
Angyil Mcneal has won many prestigious battle such as Juste Debout NYC experimental category, later being the only one left to represent USA in Paris. Angyil has performed at the Kennedy center ";outside the bachx"; a ballet piece directed by Kwick and Rokafella two pioneers of breaking. Angyil also made top 35 on So You Think You Can Dance, and has performed on BET 106 park, The New Victory Theatre, BAM, Ladies of Hip Hop. Angyil was nominated as the only Hip Hop contender in 2014 for the Bessie Award.
:: JADE ::
Jade Dynasty, member of the HOUSE of DYNASTY, mother of the House of Marco Marco. Works in the community as an organizer, advocate and activist for homeless QTPOC and other marganalized communities. Creator of Seattles first monthly Ball competition and celebration "En Vogue!". Proffessional dancer, singer and performing Artist.
:: UPJUMP ::
UpJump is a vibrant female street dance crew. UpJump members include: Daisy Lim, Nomin Lyons , Katie Janovec, Donna DonnaMation Oefinger . Individually they all have their specialties, together they incorporate a diverse mix of styles ranging from Hip Hop, Krump, Popping, Locking, House & Waacking.
:: The CRUW ::
The CRUW is an all-girls dance group based in Seattle, Washington. Formed in 2011, the five-piece ensemble met while practicing dance on the campus of University of Washington, hence the letters ";UW"; in ";CRUW";.
Founded by UW graduates and notable UW Hip Hop Student Association alum (UWHHSA) Jessica Hu and Louisa Meng, the group also features freestyle hip hop dancers Martha Quintanilla, Tiffany Liu, and Tracey Wong.
All the dancers are self-taught in their craft with choreography ascending from different dynamics of street dance including house, funk styles, vogue, new style, and more.
Having performed at Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party with big names locally including T-Pain, The Physics, The Flavr Blue, Macklemore, and more, The Cruw hopes to be granted more opportunities to open for shows in their local community as well as internationally. Aside from being performers they are movers and shakers of their dance community putting on events to help the dance community to grow.
:: KARMA KANA ::
Karma Kana, member of L.A Boppin Crew (est. 1988), is originally born in Japan. In her early age she was invested in the HipHop culture. As she grew older she began performing at venues in Tokyo, Japan.
Karma moved she moved to L.A. to pursue her passion as a dancer.
West Coast culture and dance scene gave her huge impact and influenced her. She has learned the bopping, popping and funk culture from L.A. OGs. Karma also has performed for 2 Kings Show (Michael Jackson Tribute), has choreographed for music videos, fashion shows, festivals and more. Karma continues to enter local and national dance battles and has been a recipient of West Coast HipHop Award in 2014.
:: Aura & Agatron of IRON LOTUS ::
IRON LOTUS Street Dance Company was founded by Strutter/Popper Agatha ";Agatron"; Rupniewski in Bay Area/San Francisco, California, on February 2015 as a response to having real street dance in studio based dance companies & as a way to train & empower women in the traditional street dance arts such as Boogaloo, Robotting, Strutting, Popping, etc. We also train in other original dance forms such as Top Rock, Breaking, Waacking, House, Locking, and Vogue, as well as Mime, Contemporary, Theatre, & Battle arts.
IRON LOTUS has been featured in a wide variety of showcases & events such as: de Young Museum VIP Closing Party of The Keith Haring Exhibit, San Francisco Public Library Grand Opening of The Mix Teen Center, Opening Act of Silicon Valley Fashion Week, Kendrick Lamar's ";Alright"; Music Video, Asian Art Museum's 50 Year Anniversary ";Solid Gold"; Party, Women's Edition of Hip-Hop for Change, Venus Rising Women's Collective, GroovMechanix 16 Year Anniversary, Community Street Jams 25 Year Anniversary, OG Poppers Picnic 2015, Oakland Boogaloo BBQ 2015, as well as in Nepal & Thailand with an organization called All The Way Live Foundation.
:: SUMI (Warrior Crew & Rangokuryu) ::
Sumi Oshima is from Tokyo Japan, and has been dancing for 8 years.
She was teaching popping and freestyle classes in Tokyo regularly as well as all over Japan. She has competed in battles regularly (most famous for being a finalist in Juste Debout Japan) and has enter performed and judge battles there.
She was also in the famous ";docomo"; commercial and back up dancer for Mihimaru GT and Billy's Boot Camp.
Outside of Japan, she was a finalist in ";Just For Laughs"; in Montreal Canada, 2 time winner of ";Battle Zone"; in Vancouver, ";Hip Step Zulu Poppin Battle"; in Arizona, won the 2 on 2 all style battle ";Physical Poetry"; with Crewmate Smoke in LA, and 2 on 2 poppin battle ";Extreme Popping"; in SF with Crewmate Shockwave.
At the end of 2014 she made the choice to move to Los Angeles to further her dance career.
Her recent work includes that first YouTube Dance Movie ";Dance Camp";, and you can find her on the new TV show ";Steady Mobbin"; that will be shown on the new TV channel ";The Dance Network";.
>;>;>;****THIS TICKET ONLY VALID FOR MAY 14TH AT MOKSHA FOR WHAT'S POPPIN' LADIEZ SHOWCASE. TICKET NOT VALID FOR BATTLES OR WORKSHOPS.***<;<;<;
OTHER WPL?;! EVENTS:
MAY 14th: WERKSHOPS @ Massive Monkees: The Beacon Studios
2PM-3:30 - SUMI
3:30 - 5:00 Agatron
5:00- 6:30 Dassy
*pay at door
MAY 15TH: Battle @ HIDMO (Washington Hall), All Female Popping 7toSmoke ($;500) and OPEN STYLES 1v1 competition ($;250)
*pay at door
more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675731059333386/
4542 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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