East Coast Dance Concert at Carter Barron Amphitheatre

Culture Shock DC and Mason/Rhynes Productions presented the 7th Annual East Coast Dance Concert at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre last night. Local crews including Virginia Hip Hop Academy, DCypher, as well as the various Shock groups performed along with visiting crews from Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and Germany.

Before the doors opened around 630pm, performers and spectators freestyled at a pre-show cipher featuring DJs from LifeXHipHop. Here are a few clips from the action. There are more videos on my YouTube page. This is actually the only footage I have from the night since they don’t allow cameras into Carter Barron.

Culture Shock DC started off the night, followed by a group of young dancers from Virginia Hip Hop Academy. Philadelphia’s best hip hop group Point Blank made me laugh by incorporating sound bites from the movie Office Space and the YouTube sensation My New Haircut into their routine. The references and one move in particular were probably not as family friendly as the show claimed to be. Culture Shock’s D.C. Freestyle Team showed off their skills in breaking, popping, locking and waacking. Project D from New Jersey created a unique performance with unexpected music choices including ‘Escape’ by Enrique Iglesias and ‘Crush’ by Jennifer Paige. And Mighty Shock, Culture Shock’s group for dancers aged 7-11, finished off the first act with a crowd pleasing number.

Culture Shock’s group for dancers aged 11-17 Future Shock opened up the second act. It was easy to see why they placed first in a recent dance competition in Barcelona, Spain. They were sick! Definitely my favorite routine of the night. Dennis Caindec of New York presented his project ‘Pleasure Pagoda,’ featuring a group of all Asian dancers. He used a cool remix of Lady Gaga/Beyonce’s ‘Telephone’ and Rihanna’s ‘Rude Boy’ as the music for this Asian inspired piece. Local group DCypher performed an older set choreographed by former Culture Shock member Tony Czar and hip hop group Juvenile Maze showed America why Germany is at the top of the bboy game. Jared Jenkins and Neil Schwartz and their New York based crew repped the city and showed DC some love by wearing I heart DC shirts. They also racked up a bunch of points in my book by including Salt N Pepa’s ‘Shoop’ into their mix. Afta Shock, the newest Culture Shock group for grown and sexy alumni, made light of the fact that they’re an older crew by blatantly saying I’m to old for this sh*t at the end of their routine. Giant cut outs of Bayer Aspirin and Bengay also helped drive that point home with some humor. Culture Shock closed out the show. Their piece included the choreography I learned last Thursday from Gary Beauford. You know I was dancing along!

If you didn’t make it this year, definitely look out for details next year. They’re hoping to host it at Carter Barron again which is easily accessible via the S2 and S4 bus up 16th Street NW. You may have to take a cab on the way back though since the buses were ridiculously spread apart once the show got out. Good news for those who drive. There’s plenty of parking.  If you were there, what did you think? Who was your favorite and do you agree that they could have done away with the in between host chatter?

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About Cecile
Cecile Oreste is an arts marketing and public relations professional living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @cecileoreste.

One Response to East Coast Dance Concert at Carter Barron Amphitheatre

  1. Lisa K says:

    This was a great show! Although my favorites were Pleasure Pagoda, Concrete Jungle and the Culture Shock DC Freestyle Team.

    If you go next year and take public transportation, make sure you don’t bring a camera. They don’t allow them inside and offer no option for safe-keeping while inside the show.

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