Dance at the 2010 H Street Festival

Last Saturday’s H Street Festival offered tons of food, music and fun. There was the chance to arm wrestle a DC Roller Girl, sing karaoke at Sticky Rice, play air guitar with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and of course DANCE. I took a free class at 4pm with Quynn Johnson at Joy of Motion’s studio in the Atlas Performing Arts Center. She previewed two of her upcoming pop video dance workshops including part of Janet Jackson’s ‘If’ video (shown below) and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.’ She even did a throw back to her previous Lady Gaga workshop by teaching choreography to ‘Alejandro.’

After taking some quick pics of the cars in front of Atlas, I made my way to the Sprenger Theatre for a performance from Step Afrika! From start to finish, this stepping group had the crowd clapping, yelling and dancing. They started off with a couple ensemble routines then had an entertaining battle of the sexes with two guys and two girls fighting it out (through dance of course) for the audience. The girls won, no question. Before Step Afrika! wrapped up their free performance they had everyone on their feet to learn some basic stepping moves. They even had an encore combination to dance the group off stage after their bows.

Did you catch any of the dance performances and demonstrations at the H Street Festival? If so, tell us about them in your comments. For more videos of Step Afrika!, check out my YouTube page.

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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.

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