East Coast Dance Competition 2009 Recap

So if you weren’t in DC this last weekend, you were definitely missed out!  Culture Shock, Washington, DC, held its 6th annual East Coast Dance Competition at the Warner Theatre.

To start off the weekend, Culture Shock hosted a successfully rain-free Pre-Show on the steps of historic Mount Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square.  Pre-Show included amazing acts including Splittin’ Image, G-N-C, Future Shock DC and Culture Shock DCDNA (Dawn of a New Age) came together and flew in performers like Rowie Calica from San Diego and Jazmyne Jenkins, Culture Shock San Diego alum, in addition to Jef Mendoza, Bryan East, J. Kevin Aguilar and Amato Diaz.  Kick Rocks successfully had their debut performance as a crew, The Kidz did a Janet Jackson tribute medley in honor of her birthday, and Beat Ya Feet Kingz brought DC flavor to a new level.

This year’s exhibition performances included amazing performances by Mini Shock and Future Shock, DC, and Culture Shock, CanadaCulture Shock, Las Vegas brought some slightly sinful moves from Vegas, under the artistic direction of Jawkeen Howard, and Different, from Basel, Switzerland, proved that Hip Hop can’t be contained by just one style. Boogie Bots, from ABDC season 2, performed a revised set of signature and new choreography, and Culture Shock, DC banged out the show with an epicly fresh medley of international Hip Hop music.

I was really surprised by the competing teams this year!   We were all disappointed that Studio One couldn’t make it out to compete this year, but all the remaining teams held it down.  Props to YFAMD (Young Filipino-American Modern Dance) from Virginia Beach for their first year competing in ECDC against some intimidating and established teams.

Third place was awarded to Major Definition from UMBC, under the direction of Paolo Penala and Nina Hardy.  Their performance was out there! “It was about aliens and shit, literally.” (thanks, Mikey)  Major Def really amazed the cast and the audience with their cohesive dancing and high-energy.  Really, the cast would not shut up about you guys after your tech rehearsal!

Second place was awarded to FR3SH Jrs from New Jersey.  Jrs had a really eclectic set of choreography of everything from hype dancing, to reggae, to waacking, to that really adorable last piece (sorry, I don’t know what song that was!).  I always love watching their intricate blocking.  After FR3SH stole the show last year, I saw it was only fitting that Jrs placed this year!

First place was forreal stolen by Rhythm City.  They arrived only minutes before the show had begun (or was it during the show? who knows..) and did not have time for a tech rehearsal, but they got in and performed so hard.  Their raw energy and some really clean and sick choreography blew the audience and the judges away.  Congrats, Rhythm City!

Post-show workshops were held at the CityDance center at Strathmore and included classes from Chev Chechoo and Rana Khoury from Culture Shock, Canada, Viola Elkins, formerly of Culture Shock, Chicago, Gus Bembery, Jazmyne Jenkins, Culture Shock, San Diego Alumna, and Jawkeen Howard, artistic director of Culture Shock, Las Vegas.  It was really awesome to see some national Culture Shock style in one room.. more vids to be posted on everything later!


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