The Jamaica Dance Festival is back!

Harlem Stage E-Moves On Tour

Harlem Stage’s critically acclaimed signature dance series, E-Moves, celebrates twenty years of commissioning, presenting and nurturing choreographers of color across the spectrum of contemporary dance idioms to create new work!

For the second year in a row, The Jamaica Dance Festival is pleased to support the life of the vital work of these artists by hosting E-Moves On Tour!

This year’s edition of E-Moves uplifts the cogent power of Hip-Hop dance to transport the crowd and push the boundaries of movement. Born out of social dance in urban community park cyphers, basement ballrooms and now seen across the globe on esteemed stages and concert halls Hip-Hop dance is a prayer and a roar.


It’s Showtime NYC!

It’s Showtime NYC! (IST) celebrates New York City street culture and provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers as a legal alternative to dancing in subway cars. In only its 4th year of activity with now more than 30 members, It’s Showtime NYC! has become one of the largest street dance companies in New York City. It provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers as a legal alternative to dancing in subway cars. Led and managed by the dancers themselves, It’s Showtime NYC! has created a number of pieces and commissioned major new works from international dance makers such as Anne Nguyen (Paris) and Faustin Linyekula (Congo). The group regularly presents work in Battery Park, and has been invited to perform at many events/venues in the city including SummerStage.


TweetBoogie

Always representing The South Bronx, TweetBoogie is devoted to the street styles of hip-hop. Her passion leads her to work with top artists like Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Shakira, Kanye West & Nicki Minaj, and most recently the iconic Miss Janet Jackson in her amazing “Made For Now” video. Tweetie was also the host of MTV’s “Dances From Tha Hood” with Sway Calloway as her executive producer. Some of her biggest clients include Gail and Oprah — teaching them some of the latest hip-hop moves as a guest choreographer on The OPRAH Show.

As an Associate Producer of the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, TweetBoogie believes in helping ladies of all ages and sizes across the world to come together and celebrate street dance culture thru music and dance; one lady at a time. Recently she was a guest teacher at the Juste DeBout School located in Paris as well as the Hip Hop judge for their Juste DeBout Global 2019 tour — one of the biggest international underground dance battles that travels worldwide. For additional information, visit http://www.TweetBoogie.com


Sun & Cein

Sun Kim and Cein Lockefeller, also known as Kangseon and Kyungho Kim, are a married dancing couple from South Korea. Both started dancing at 2001, then later Sun Kim fell in love with popping while Cein found his inner funky soul through locking. Before their marriage, they individually pursue a career, such as Cein performed with Jazz Mafia and judging at Hip Hop International Mexico, or Sun winning at New York’s finest Step Ya Game Up, stood tall at UK B-boy Championship World Finals, filmed for Elton John, performed with 45Degrees/Cirque du Soleil at Stella Artois hosts La Savior and produce her own show Who You Are.


Soul Steps

Through their performances, Soul Steps features the personal and cultural stories of their artists and the communities they represent. They invite audiences to join them in the process of celebration and self-discovery that are birthed through the dance. Step is built on the tradition of exchange, and the audience is an integral part of the performance. Audience members are invited to engage both vocally and physically with the action on stage, giving energy to the dance and ensuring that no two performances are ever the same.


TweetBoogle

Always representing The South Bronx, TweetBoogie is devoted to the street styles of hip-hop. Her passion leads her to work with top artists like Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Shakira, Kanye West & Nicki Minaj, and most recently the iconic Miss Janet Jackson in her amazing “Made For Now” video. Tweetie was also the host of MTV’s “Dances From Tha Hood” with Sway Calloway as her executive producer. Some of her biggest clients include Gail and Oprah — teaching them some of the latest hip-hop moves as a guest choreographer on The OPRAH Show.

As an Associate Producer of the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, TweetBoogie believes in helping ladies of all ages and sizes across the world to come together and celebrate street dance culture thru music and dance; one lady at a time. Recently she was a guest teacher at the Juste DeBout School located in Paris as well as the Hip Hop judge for their Juste DeBout Global 2019 tour — one of the biggest international underground dance battles that travels worldwide. For additional information, visit http://www.TweetBoogie.com


Drew Dollaz

Drew Dollaz is a pioneer of flexing, a Brooklyn-based genre of street dance also referred to as bone breaking, which is characterized by rhythmic contortionist movements. A self-taught dancer, Dollaz is known for blending flexing with other styles including ballet to create a transcendent hybrid of movement artistry.

Dollaz has performed and partnered with a broad range of artists and brands, including Madonna, Rihanna, Skrillex, Red Bull, Sony, Aloft Hotels, and Billboard. His performances on Madonna’s MDNA tour in 2012 marked the first time flexing appeared on the world stage. Next Level Squad, a New York City collective of flexing dancers in which Dollaz performs and choreographs, has garnered more than a million views on YouTube and has been featured on World of Dance, The Breakin’ Convention, and America’s Got Talent. He recently collaborated with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken word artist BAMUTHI on The Just and The Blind, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, which premiered to a sold out audience at Carnegie in March 2019. Dollaz looks forward to the release of his acting debut in a feature length film.


Long Arms

Shortly after a successful run on Tony award winning Broadway musical “Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk,” award winning emcee, actor, and tap dancer Joseph Webb, categorized by NY Times’ Roslyn Sulcas as “a natural star, ” shifted his focus towards his musical talents, joining forces with critically acclaimed bassist Nate Jones to form electric and high energy band Beautiful Fire. Amidst the success of their first self-titled debut album Beautiful Fire and a tour on the festival circuit at Red Hook Festival, The Kennedy Center, H Street Festival, and more, Joseph began exploring the relationship between live music and choreography, incorporating original live scores to accompany feature length works. Imagining movement in tap dance without boundaries, Joseph’s dynamic and imaginative choreography was featured in collaboration with the Sevillas Dance Company in Spain, Rasta Thomas’ company in Hamburg, Germany, The Kennedy Center, and more. In 2016, Joseph commissioned flutist and composer Baredu Ahmed (BSA) to score the music book for show Dancing Buddhas to critical acclaim. Recognizing the magic in their partnership, Joseph and Baredu went on to form Long Arms (L.A.), finding a home between their love of Hip Hop, jazz, and electronic sounds while staying committed to performing, recording with live instrumentalists, and engaging both choreographed and improvised movement when possible. L.A. has been featured at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing arts, New York’s Soul in the Horn, and more. L.A. is currently working on their debut album, scheduled for release in 2019.