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KRUNK: Urban Fusion

17 Mar
KRUNK 9: Urban Fusion

Redd Williams addresses the audience and performers of KRUNK 9: Urban Fusion.

Hip-Hop reigned supreme in the DASH Center’s annual KRUNK dance showcase, which was held on Saturday, March 15 to a sold-out show at Theater on the Square in downtown Tacoma. The event attracted an amazing array of diverse dance troupes from Seattle, Portland, Renton, Bellevue and Spanaway, as well as several Tacoma groups who are members of the DASH Family.

About 100 dancers and 14 troupes participated in the festival including a special dose of “family” as the Dope DASH Dads (or D3) and the DASH Center Moms staged competing hip-hop performances designed to prove that kids don’t have the corner on cool (the Dads won the audience vote). I found the performances electric, energetic, intelligent, technically proficient (often superb), and suitably provocative.

The performance was followed by a series of four dance workshops on March 16, taught by professional hip-hop artists, including performers and choreographers. One of the workshop instructors, Redd Williams, spoke eloquently to the performers and audience after the show saying, “I’m from St. Louis and we don’t have anything like this there.” He admonished the performers that, “performance is different from dancing.”

Redd Williams also reminded the audience that next year marks the KRUNK festival’s 10th Anniversary. To celebrate, DASH is planning to audition an “All Star” crew comprised of top performers from all the participating dance troupes and feature their All-Star performance during the KRUNK show. You will want to stay tuned for March 2015!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to have supported this event through Arts Projects funding.

For information about DASH: www.thedashcenter.org | (253) 507-9466 

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JanBrazzellThis review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission member Jan Brazzell. Jan is principal counsel and CEO of Advancement Consulting. She has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2008 and is passionate about the arts and how they help children and adults achieve their intellectual and human potential.

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Hip Hop in the Park, August 11

26 Jul

Who: DASH Center for the Arts and Campus MLK
What: Hip Hop in the Park
Where: People’s Park, S. 9th Street & MLK Ave., Tacoma
When: Saturday, August 11, 12 – 6 pm
Cost: FREE!

People of all ages will converge at People’s Park on August 11 for the Fifth Annual Hip Hop in the Park event from noon to 6pm. This event, which is organized by the DASH Center for the Arts, is designed to bring the younger and the older community members together in a positive environment.

“Hip Hop is a voice of the people both young and old. It’s almost a lost art form. Part of our vision at DASH is to make sure the hip hop culture is not. That’s why each year, we come together to celebrate all that is Hip Hop,” said Candi Hall, DASH Center Executive Director.

“This is a family fun event reaching out to its community to show real Hip Hop,” said Darren Spencer, Director of the Art of Hip Hop program at the DASH Center. His students will perform at this end of the year event, showing the community their creative expression. The center is also hoping to recruit new students for next year’s class.

Along with students from the DASH Center, performances will include UPC All Stars featuring Angel Mitchell, E-Rich, Tiny Dousha and Vic Hashim, Josh Rizeberg and AWOL. Headlining the event will be Xola aka Kid Sensation featured in the song “Posses on Broadway” done by Sir Mix Alot. Enjoy local food, retail, arts and crafts, and community vendors throughout the day as well.

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