Got A Dance Name?

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In anticipation of the upcoming Bboyizm performance on April 25 – 26, 2014 at the Enwave Theatre, we asked a few of the company members to share some details about their early dance days and dance names. Take a look.

Julie Benoit

When did you begin dancing? Which style of dance did you first study?

I began dancing at age five. I took a ballet class and really hated it to the point where I told myself I would never take a dance class again. Then, at age seven, my mom caught me imitating Riverdance on TV and convinced me to register for Irish Step Dancing Classes. I liked it and decided to register for more technical dance styles at age ten.

What is your favourite street dance? Why?

I have two favorite street dances: Bboying and House. Bboying has a special place in my heart because it is the first street dance I was introduced to and I like the challenge it gives me. What I really appreciate about House is the freedom and dynamic that goes along with house music.

What is your dance name? Did you name yourself or did another dancer/choreographer name you?

I go by the name of Julie Rock. It’s a name that was given to me by my crew when I was about fourteen years old. Even though Rock is a common Bboy/Bgirl name element, they just added it to my first name to keep it simple, just like I am! They said I always rocked the beat, so it just fit me perfectly!

Miss Marie

When did you begin dancing? Which style of dance did you first study?

I began dancing at age twelve and the first style of dance was Irish Step Dancing. The following year I took on Hip Hop.

What is your favourite street dance? Why?

Bboying; it’s the style I can practice the most freely and the one that matches my energy the most. Bboying was the first street dance I learned, it is what made me fall in love with Hip Hop culture.

What is your dance name? Did you name yourself or did another dancer/choreographer name you?

Miss Marie Monsta. People always called me Miss Marie, so it just stuck. Then, when I moved to Calgary one of my crew mates, Bboy Rein, saw me dance to the song “Monster”. From that moment on he called me Miss Marie Monsta.

El Houasri Si Abdelkader

When did you begin dancing? Which style of dance did you first study?

I started dancing in 1996 and Bboying was the first dance style that I studied.

What is your favourite street dance? Why?

Rockin’; because there are a lot less people practicing this style and I feel there is more room for me to create, explore and express myself freely.

What is your dance name? Did you name yourself or did another dancer/choreographer name you?

Wary the Warrior. When I started travelling to New York and getting familiar with the community, most people had trouble pronouncing my first name, and they would say “Wary…like a warrior”, with time the name stuck and it became my dance name.

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Bboyizm’s new work, Music Creates Opportunity, runs April 25 – 26, 2014 at 8pm at the Enwave Theatre. For tickets call 416.973.4000 or email education@danceworks.ca for a special student and educator promotional code.

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Bboyizm Hits the Toronto Stage

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April will bring one of Canada’s top street dancers to the Enwave Theatre in Toronto.

Crazy Smooth and his Bboyizm dance company will perform a new work, Music Creates Opportunity, exploring themes of personal expression through authentic street dance. Music Creates Opportunity considers the intersection of rhythm, expression, and community in the making of music and dance.

The work features traditional street dances including Rocking, B-boying, House Dancing and Pantsula, a street dance from Soweto, South Africa. Bboyizm delivers precise and mastered technique; explosive movement; synchronicity and individualism together; and a festive and communicative spirit of movement, music, and life.

Here is a sneak peek of the show:

The performance runs April 25 – 26, 2014 at 8pm at the Enwave Theatre. For tickets call 416.973.4000 or email education@danceworks.ca for a special student and educator promotional code.

Want to see more from DanceWorks?

Follow us on twitter @DanceWorksTO, friend us on Facebook, and check out our exciting 2013-2014 season.